Monday, June 23, 2014
ORNL in the News

VERASimulation of AP1000 first core with VERA

(Nuclear Engineering International) The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Innovation Hub, researching and developing advanced modelling and simulation capabilities for improving the prediction of commercial nuclear power plant operation...6/23

With help from ORNL, UT’s bandwidth hits 100 gigabits-per-second milestone

(Oak Ridge Today) For some, getting on the Internet can be a blast. Now, thanks to the Bandwidth for Leadership in Advancing Science and Technology project—known as BLAST—it can also be faster for computer users at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. A lot faster...6/20

Hanging out with Science Guy at the White House


(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Lonnie Love, left, and Craig Blue flank Bill Nye "the Science Guy" at the White House earlier this week. Love and Blue were in Washington for the inaugural Maker Faire, representing advanced manufacturing and 3D printing at ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and the lab's work with area FIRST robotics teams...6/21

Science & Technology

Chemist reaches agreement with prosecutors over lab death

(Nature News) The first academic chemist ever to face criminal charges in a United States lab accident, Patrick Harran, has reached a deferred prosecution agreement with law enforcement officials, likely avoiding a public trial and possible jail time...6/20

Concentrating solar power: Study shows greater potential

(Science Daily) Concentrating solar power could supply a large fraction of the power supply in a decarbonized energy system, shows a new study of the technology and its potential practical application. ...6/22

Energy and Science Policy

House FY 2015 National Nuclear Security Administration Appropriations Bill

(AIP) On Wednesday the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  The $34 billion bill provides funding for the Department of Energy, including the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) which received $11.4 billion...6/20

House FY 2015 DOE Office of Science Appropriations Bill

(AIP) The House Appropriations Committee has approved an FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  The $34 billion bill provides funding for the Department of Energy, including the Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration...6/19

DOE

A couple of years later, Y-12 mercury project’s results looking better

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) A Recovery Act cleanup project completed in 2011 at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant appears to have belatedly reduced the mercury levels in the upper part of East Fork Poplar Creek, although federal officials still aren’t ready to declare it a success...6/22

Fuel CellsARPA-E Chimes In With $33 Million For Advanced Fuel Cells

(Clean Technica) A few days ago the Energy Department put up $20 million in in support of R&D focusing on hydrogen for the fuel cell electric vehicle market, and now its super high tech, high risk cutting edge funding arm, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, is ramping up fuel cell technology with another $33 million...6/20

Deputy Secretary Poneman’s departure

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Poneman plans to leave DOE this fall, according to the announcement made earlier this week by Secretary Ernest Moniz...6/20

DoE announces winners of its 'Innovative Offshore Wind Energy' projects programme

(Renewable Energy Focus) The Energy Department recently announced the selection of three pioneering offshore wind demonstrations to receive up to $47 million each over the next four years to deploy innovative, grid-connected systems in federal and state waters by 2017...6/22

State and local

Corker's gas tax proposal gets mixed reviews

(The Tennessean) When Sen. Bob Corker proposed raising federal gas taxes this week, many around Capitol Hill couldn't decide if he showed political courage or political overreach...6/21

Tennessee confirms 2nd chikungunya case in Knoxville area

(WBIR) Tennessee is now reporting cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus in two residents who had recently traveled to the Caribbean. The second confirmed case was from the Knoxville area...6/19

UT Board of Trustees approves 6% tuition hike

(WATE) The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved a tuition hike Thursday afternoon. UT-Knoxville students will see a 3 to 6 percent hike, while UT-Chattanooga students will see a 6 percent hike for both in and out of state students...6/19