Friday, June 7, 2013
ORNL in the News

Breakthrough Energy-Dense Battery Uses Lithium and Sulfur

(Scientific American) Safe, low-cost, energy-dense batteries are widely considered to be the holy grail in furthering low-carbon energy use..."Our approach is a complete change from the current battery concept of two electrodes joined by a liquid electrolyte, which has been used over the last 150 to 200 years," said Chengdu Liang, lead author of an ORNL study...6/6

Program to boost auto tech revs up

(The Daily Herald) The next big thing in automotive technology could be developed in Spring Hill with help from an entrepreneurial accelerator program. The AutoXLR8R program is a 13-week endeavor sponsored by the Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers...Jack Sisk, AutoXLR8R program director, said the entrepreneurs will go on a “Tech Tour” throughout the Southeast where they will meet technical associates, venture capitalists and other investors. Participants will visit South Carolina, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, The University of Alabama and Eastman Chemical company in Kingsport...6/6

DOE

Alexander keeping eye on Uranium Processing Facility costs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has been a big supporter of the Uranium Processing Facility and no doubt still is, but Tennessee’s senior senator sounded a warning last week that he wouldn’t put up with out-of-control costs — even for an Oak Ridge project that he considers essential...6/5

NNSA going mute on $22B Y-12/Pantex contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A couple of sources today confirmed that the National Nuclear Security Administration has sent letters to the three bidders on the Y-12/Pantex contract, officially asking for more info on proposed cost savings...6/6

State & Regional

Report questions $2 million in TVA costs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA’s Office of Inspector General identified more than $2 million in potential savings, questionable costs and other financial red flags for the federal utility over the last six months, according to the OIG’s recently released semiannual report...6/6

National

U.S. Collects Vast Data Trove

(Wall Street Journal) The National Security Agency's monitoring of Americans includes customer records from the three major phone networks as well as emails and Web searches, and the agency also has cataloged credit-card transactions, said people familiar with the agency's activities...6/7

East Tennessee

Professor Researching Nuclear Batteries Receives ORAU Award

(Tennessee Today) The research of a UT professor working to create a battery that packs several thousand times more energy than batteries used today has received a boost from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)...6/6

Proposed Knox Co. neighborhood will be solar powered, energy efficient

(WBIR-TV) A proposed neighborhood in Knox County could be the first energy efficient and solar community in our region...6/6

energy & science policy

EPA biofuel rule: energy solution or economic burden?

(CS Monitor) The EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard program has attracted controversy for driving up food prices and the cost of gasoline...6/5

science & technology

Innovative solar cell structure stores and supplies energy simultaneously

(PhysOrg) ...In a quest for a smaller, more self-sustaining solar power source, a UW-Madison electrical engineer has proposed a design for solar panels that can simultaneously generate power from sunlight and store power reserves for later, all within a single device...6/7

The Energy Fix: Wind Power Blades Get Bigger, Turbines Get Smarter

(Popular Science) In 2012, wind power added more new electricity production in the U.S. than any other single source. But even with 60 gigawatts powering 15 million homes, wind supplants just 1.8 percent of the nation’s carbon emissions. Tomorrow’s turbines will have to be more efficient, more affordable, and
in more places...6/6

Other Stories

Report Criticizes U.S. Stewardship of Wild Horses

(NY Times) A new report catalogs a range of problems with the way the federal government is managing thousands of wild horses and burros that roam the American West, supporting the position of animal rights advocates who have long argued that the program is ineffective and needlessly cruel...6/6

North Korea reopens hotline with South, seeks weekend talks

(Reuters) North Korea reopened a Red Cross hotline with South Korea on Friday and invited officials from Seoul to talks over the weekend, a further sign the North wants to improve ties after a barrage of threats to wage war this year...6/7