Thursday, August 21, 2014
ORNL in the News

DOE awards $67 million in nuclear grants; ORNL, UT among the winners

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee were among the beneficiaries as the Department of Energy today announced $67 million in awards for “nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement.”...8/20

Fusion energy: ORNL's Larry Baylor talks about machinegun that shoots frozen-hydrogen bullets

(Knoxville news Sentinel) Larry Baylor talks about the lab’s machinegun that shoots frozen hydrogen bullets into ultra-hot plasma and helps control some of the unruly outbursts at the plasma’s boundaries...8/21

More on those ORNL R&D awards

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory was definitely one of the big winners in the vehicle-technology awards announced last week by the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition to four projects headed by ORNL scientists and engineers and funded by DOE, I was told that the Oak Ridge lab will play a supporting role on six other projects in the accelerated program...8/18

National labs go big on climate modeling

(FCW) The Energy Department's high-performance computing prodigies are pooling their number-crunching capabilities to provide what they hope will be the most complete climate and Earth system models to date...8/19

Science and Technology

Here’s how you can help NASA shine a light on photos of Earth’s cities

(Fedscoop) ...The Complutense University of Madrid is teaming with NASA for a project that will allow scientists to make sense of the millions of photos NASA has collected since its missions to Mercury in the 1960s...8/18

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

(The Energy Collective) This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power...8/19

Energy and Science Policy

Upcoming Deadline: Senate Letter on Full Funding of NSF Request

(AIP) Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) has sent a letter to his Senate colleagues asking them to sign a letter to Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL), asking them to provide $5.99 billion to the National Science Foundation in FY 2007...8/19

New study finds price of wind energy in US at an all-time low; competitiveness of wind has improved

(PhysOrg) "Wind energy prices—particularly in the central United States— are at an all-time low, with utilities selecting wind as the low cost option," Berkeley Lab Staff Scientist Ryan Wiser said...8/19


Energy Department Invests $67 Million to Advanced Nuclear Technology

( Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Energy Department announced today nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards...8/20

Energy Department Reports Highlight Strength of U.S. Wind Energy Industry

( The U.S. continues to be a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released today by the Department of Energy...8/18

Local and STate

FERC approves Clean Line to transmit wind power from Oklahoma to Tennessee

(Times Free-Press) A Houston company that plans to build a $2 billion transmission line from Oklahoma to Tennessee has gained approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to negotiate power rates and bilateral agreements for all of its proposed 3,500 megawatt electricity route...8/20

Corker travels across Tennessee, with stop in Oak Ridge on Friday

(Oak Ridge Today) U.S. Senator Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, is traveling across the Volunteer State this week, and he’ll be in Oak Ridge on Friday morning...8/18

Tennessee students make big gains in ACT scores

(Tennessean) Tennessee's average ACT score, historically slow to improve despite constant attention from educators, has made its biggest year-to-year leap since the state began testing all students...8/20

UT Research Uncovers Subglacial Life Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet

(Tennessee Today) UT research finds life can persist in a cold, dark world. A UT microbiology assistant professor was part of a team that examined waters and sediments from a shallow lake deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet and found the extreme environment supports microbial ecosystems...8/20