Thursday, July 14, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL holding power symposium for area businesses

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is hosting a power electronics symposium to give area businesses and entrepreneurs an idea of what the lab’s Power Electronics and Electrical Power Systems Research Center can do to assist them...The agenda includes discussions and presentations on the center and its labs along with specific technologies related to inverters, gate drives, permanent magnetless motors, power flow, wireless power, and grid interface algorithms...7/13

Hydropower generators eye dams on Tombigbee and Alabama rivers

(Press Register) "The nation is looking for more clean industry, and we can provide," said Linda Church Ciocci, executive director of the National Hydropower Association...A study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory found that of the 10 dams with the largest generation potential, three are in southwest Alabama. Claiborne ranks No. 8, preceded by No. 7 Demopolis Lock and Dam and No. 6 Coffeeville Lock and Dam. The latter two are on the Tombigbee River...7/13


Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2011

(Newswise) MATERIALS – Moving toward nanorobots...Nanoscale robots that can flow through blood or repair complex electronics may yet be a possibility with the help of a new strategy developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ENERGY – Boost for industry...Eliminating barriers to energy efficiency of U.S. industry is the focus of a new report commissioned by the Department of Energy and performed by Georgia Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. MATERIALS – New band magnetism...Rare earth elements vital to electric and hybrid vehicles and numerous other energy technologies could one day be replaced at least in part by compounds of heavy transition elements, a team of researchers has discovered. CHEMISTRY – Clean energy production...A multi-institutional team has generated 70 publications in three years to demonstrate the prodigious scientific output of the world’s fastest simulations exploring a continuum from chemistry to materials science. COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY – Converting biomass...Computational chemist Ariana Beste and experimental chemist A.C. Buchanan, both of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, explore thermochemical degradation of plant materials...7/13


Governor. Haslam talks with DOE's Oak Ridge brass as federal government braces for hard times

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It was a briefing, not a negotiation, but there was plenty of give and take this morning when Gov. Bill Haslam and members of his administration met with federal officials in Oak Ridge to discuss budgets, cleanup and other issues that could become contentious in the months and years ahead...7/13

Department of Energy Offers Severstal Dearborn, LLC a $730 Million Conditional Loan Commitment for Michigan Project

(DOE Press Release) ... Project Expected to Generate Over 2,500 Jobs and Manufacture Advanced Steel to Improve Fuel Efficienc...7/13

State & Regional

TVA defends Browns Ferry after reports of equipment, operator failure

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant had far more problems during recent tornadoes than TVA told the public after winds took down power lines and the plant went into automatic shutdown...7/14


Nuclear Proposals Draw Ire

(Wall Street Journal) The nuclear-power industry voiced concerns Wednesday about new regulatory proposals that could require significant upgrades without taking their costs into account...7/14

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge historian hails support for A-bomb park

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge Historian Bill Wilcox, who came to Oak Ridge as a junior chemist at Y-12 in 1943, called the Interior Dept.'s recommendation for Congress to authorize a new three-site park honoring the Manhattan Project a "welcome milestone."...7/13


energy & science policy

After Hubble: Will Budget Woes Kill NASA's Next Great Telescope?

(Time) Last week, a House subcommittee proposed to kill off funding for the James Webb Space Telescope. The new instrument — which would orbit the sun just a little farther out than the Earth — is the heir apparent to the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's flagship space-science project...7/17

House Rejects Amendment to Allocate $10 Million in DOE Funding Bill for Pu-238 Production

(AIP) ...The House of Representatives rejected an amendment offered by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to allocate $10 million in the FY 2012 appropriations bill for the Department of Energy to produce Pu-238...7/13

House Rejects Amendments to Increase FY 2012 ARPA-E Funding, Cut DOE Funding

(AIP) The House of Representatives has rejected an amendment offered by Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) to increase FY 2012 funding for ARPA-E to $550 million...7/13

Inside Energy Extra

7/13 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- DOE advisers query 'fracking' exception
- BOEM defends broader OCS regulation
- US waives Jones Act for 5 SPR buyers
- Steelmaker gets $730M loan from DOE
- Demand response set to soar: FERC chief

science & technology

Domino synthesis mimics nature's chemistry

(Nature News) Chemists at Princeton University, New Jersey, have now developed an approach to making molecules that could be the closest mimic of natural biosynthesis yet — and which offers a way to quickly produce potential drug candidates in the lab...7/13

Can Science Be Open-Sourced?

(Forbes) Software can be open sourced. Hardware can be open sourced, too. What about giant science projects...7/13

The Internal Combustion Engine Still Has Some Miles Left In It

(Popular Science) How next-gen engines are going to squeeze every last drop of energy from their carbon fuels...7/13

The Rising Cost of At-Home Tech

(The Atlantic) As we move closer to relying entirely on the Internet, the free information services of the past are being eliminated, extending the divide between the haves and have-not...7/5

Other Stories

No warnings, clues in deadly triple Mumbai blasts

(Reuters) Indian intelligence agencies received no warnings before the three bomb blasts that killed 18 people in Mumbai, the biggest attack since Pakistani-based militants rampaged through the financial hub in 2008, a top official said on Thursday...7/14