Thursday, July 14, 2016
ORNL in the News

US Holds Potential to Produce Billion Tons of Biomass, Support Bioeconomy

(Lab Manager) The 2016 Billion-Ton Report, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory on July 12, concludes that the United States has the potential to sustainably produce at least 1 billion dry tons of nonfood biomass resources annually by 2040...7/13

UniEnergy to supply ReFlex energy storage system for US grid modernization project

(CTBR) ...Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories will offer analysis of the value streams, operational modes, and optimal utilization of the solar-plus-energy storage system....7/13

Alexander: Energy bill supports research at ORNL

(Oak Ridger) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement today after voting to allow the Senate to begin negotiations with the House of Representatives to resolve differences between the two chambers’ broad, energy policy bills to bolster the United States’ competitive advantage and put the country on a reasonable path to create clean, cheap, reliable energy...7/12

Creating and customising material at the atomic scale

(Engineering Specifier) Additive manufacturing techniques featuring atomic precision could one day create materials with Legos flexibility and Terminator toughness, according to researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/13

Science and Technology

Nanomaterials and lithium rechargeable batteries

(TechXplore) In a review article in Nature Energy, Yongming Sun, Nian Liu, and Yi Cui from Stanford University survey how nanomaterials have advanced the field of lithium rechargeable batteries and what obstacles still need to be overcome to make high-capacity rechargeable lithium batteries a practical energy source...7/13

So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings as Professors

(NY Times) The United States is producing more research scientists than academia can handle. We have been told time and again that the United States needs more scientists, but when it comes to some of the most desirable science jobs — tenure-track professorships at universities, where much of the exciting work is done — there is such a surplus of Ph.D.s...7/14

Energy and Science Policy

Senate Proposes Restructured Defense R&D Leadership, Expresses Interest in Lab Governance Reform

(AIP) Among its most significant science-related provisions, the National Defense Authorization Act passed by the Senate would assign management of Department of Defense R&D to a reconstituted Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering...7/13

Obama plans major nuclear policy changes in his final months

(The Washington Post) The Obama administration is determined to use its final six months in office to take a series of executive actions to advance the nuclear agenda the president has advocated since his college days...7/10


Energy Department Announces Up to $15 Million to Help Improve the Security and Resilience of the Nation’s Power Grid

( As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to protecting America’s critical infrastructure, U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall today announced new funding to strengthen and protect  the nation’s electric grid from cyber and physical attacks...7/12

Modeling predicts which counties could store more carbon in soil by growing bioenergy crops

(PhysOrg) To help stakeholders in government and business make smart decisions about the best types of land and local climates for planting bioenergy crops, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are using computational modeling to predict which counties could see increases in soil organic carbon from cultivation of crops like switchgrass for biofuels...7/14

Berkeley Lab Scientists Grow Atomically Thin Transistors and Circuits

(Berkeley Lab News) In an advance that helps pave the way for next-generation electronics and computing technologies—and possibly paper-thin gadgets —scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) developed a way to chemically assemble transistors and circuits that are only a few atoms thick...7/11

Local and State

UT, TVA Business Experiment Still Going Strong After Fifty Years

(Tennessee Today) Indigenous is a term usually associated with people, not business. However, an idea brought about by the Tennessee Valley Authority and UT’s Department of Industrial Engineering more than fifty years ago continues to challenge that notion...7/13