Monday, August 11, 2014
ORNL in the News

Use CO2 To Cool Refrigerators

(Science 2.0) ...Hydrofluorocarbons are a greenhouse gas that is nearly 4,000 times more potent than CO2 and a future with less of them could be important because millions of pounds of HFCs leak into the environment every year, said Brian Fricke, a researcher in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Building Equipment Research Group...8/10

ACCR3M ACCR Conductor Resists Corrosion and Retains Strength in 11-Year Field Test

(Transmission & Distribution) Because transmission conductors are expected to operate for decades in a variety of harsh environments, validating the corrosion performance of ACCR [Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced] in a long-term field test can help utilities be confident when using the conductor...3M ACCR was developed with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, which tested the conductor at its Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)...8/7

Open Access to the UniverseOpen access to the universe

(Symmetry Magazine) A small team of astrophysicists and computer scientists have created some of the highest-resolution snapshots yet of a cyber version of our own cosmos....To make such a giant simulation, the collaboration needed time on a supercomputer. Despite fierce competition, the group won 80 million computing hours on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan through the Department of Energy’s 2014 INCITE program...8/8

GMZ-led project tracking to deliver vehicular thermoelectric generators for Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Honda Accord

(Green Car Congress) GMZ Energy and its partners are on track to deliver a 1 kW thermoelectric generator (TEG) for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle as well as to design and to integrate a light-duty vehicle TEG into a Honda Accord as part of a DOE-funded project...Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using its AUTONOMIE vehicle systems modeling platform to investigate effect of TEG size for a given vehicle/engine pairing...8/11

Science & Technology

The Next Generation: origami robots that fold up and crawl away

(The Star) This isn't quite how most of us imagined the future: You walk into your local, 24-hour robot-manufacturing store — a sort of latter-day Kinko's — and describe the kind of robot you want...8/8

NASA Impossible Engine"Impossible" Space Engine Gets Pushback from Scientists

(Popular Mechanics) Anything that purports to break the laws of physics—even a little—should be subject to great skepticism. And that's what's happening this week to NASA's purported "impossible" engine...8/6

Energy and Science Policy

Open-access advocates find Energy Department plan "vague and disappointing"

(Physics Today) A 4 August Energy Department press release announced a plan for a "Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science—PAGES—a web-based portal that will provide free public access to accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication."...August 2014

Senate Bill to Reauthorize COMPETES Act

(AIP) Before leaving for the summer recess six Democratic senators introduced a 150-page bill to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act for the next five fiscal years, setting funding ceilings for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation...8/7

DOE

The homebuilding method you've never heard of that cuts energy bills up to 60%

(Lubbock Online) For people building new homes in the coming months, the ever-increasing pain of monthly utility bills for cooling and heating their homes has them looking for more energy-efficient construction methods...8/9

Geothermal$18 Million To Awaken The Sleeping Geothermal Energy Giant

(Clean Technica) The US Department of Energy just added $18 million worth of new projects to its geothermal energy portfolio. The sudden infusion of cash adds a whopping 32 new projects to the agency’s existing lineup of 150 projects...8/9

API: Energy exports boost US economic vitality, diplomatic strength

(Oil and Gas Journal) American energy exports are revitalizing the economy and shifting the balance of power around the world, as shown by the Aug. 6 trade report from the US Department of Commerce, said American Petroleum Institute Chief Economist John Felmy...8/6

State and local

Professor: Supply Ecosystems are the Next Generation of Supply Chains

(Tennessee Today) The technology of 3D printing seems like science fiction, but its implications for business are anything but imaginary. A new article by UT professor Russell Crook suggests that 3D printing and other changes have pushed modern-day supply chains to the threshold of a revolution—the rise of supply ecosystems...8/6

Solar panelsMilitary lets the sun shine with clean energy program to cut costs, upgrade security

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The world's most powerful military is trying to use less power, at least from conventional, vulnerable means. The U.S. Army, Navy and Marines are turning to the sun, the wind and simple conservation to cut the military's $21 billion annual energy bill and to limit the need for costly fuel shipments around the globe...

NettlesUT Graduate Appointed to President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

(Tennessee Today) President Barack Obama has announced the appointment of UT alumnus Michael Nettles to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans...8/6

TVA Reports Growth in Power Sales, Revenues

(ECT.coop) Despite higher third quarter losses a year ago, Tennessee Valley Authority officials say the utility still is on pace to register a strong financial performance in fiscal 2014...8/8