Monday, August 24, 2015
ORNL in the News

Two College of Engineering Groups Finalists for R&D 100 List

(Tennessee Today) The joint UT-Y12 Lithium Indium Diselenide Thermal Neutron Imager (LTNI) project includes Assistant Professor Eric Lukosi and Y-12 Joint Assistant Professor Ashley Stowe, both of nuclear engineering, while the joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Universal Grid Monitoring and Analyzing System (UGMAS) includes Governor’s Chair Yilu Liu, Research Assistant Professor Yong Liu, and Lingwei Zhan of electrical engineering and computer science...8/21

CMIThe technology could recover rare earth elements from old electronics.

(Hydrogen Fuel News) A new recycling technology developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI), assists in the recycling, recovery, and extraction process of rare earth minerals, and it is said to be the first commercially licensed technology developed through the CMI. According to a news article from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), it has been licensed to U.S. Rare Earths, Inc.,...8/21


Weather MapTitan Supercomputer Powers the Future of Forecasting

(Inside HPC) Knowing how the weather will behave in the near future is indispensable for countless human endeavors. Now, researchers at ECMWF are leveraging the computational power of the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge to improve weather forecasting....8/22

Getting rid of hot stuff a first step in reactor cleanup

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy's cleanup contractor achieved a milestone recently when it removed four highly radioactive components from a leaking pool at one of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's old nuclear reactors...8/21

Finalists Compete for ACM Gordon Bell Prize in HPC

(HPC Wire) ...“The In-Silico Lab-On-A-Chip: Petascale And High-Throughput Simulations Of Microfluidics At Cell Resolution,” led by Diego Rossinelli of ETH Zurich and an international team of researchers from Brown University, the University of Italian Switzerland, the National Research Council of Italy, NVIDIA Corporation, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/21

Science and Technology

Researcher Demonstrates How to Suck Carbon from the Air, Make Stuff from It

(MIT Technology Review) A new method for taking carbon dioxide directly from the air and converting it to oxygen and nanoscale fibers made of carbon could lead to an inexpensive way to make a valuable building material—and may even serve as a weapon against climate change...8/19

Energy and Science Policy

Will Markets Welcome Smaller And Less Costly Nuclear Reactors?

(Forbes) Has the Clean Power Plan given nuclear energy the fuel it needs to win market acceptance? Beyond that government regulation, the Department of Energy is continuing to dole out part of a $217 million award to the maker of small nuclear reactors — ones that can be assembled in a factory and later scaled up...8/22


US DOE rules out MOX plant

(Nuclear Fuel International) Disposal of US weapons-grade plutonium in a repository would be more economical than through the continued construction and operation of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) being built at the Department of Energy's Savannah River site in South Carolina...8/24

Department of Energy Selects U.C. Berkeley To Lead Consortium For U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center’s Energy-Water Track

(Breaking Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected the University of California, Berkeley to lead a consortium of university, nonprofit, utility, and national laboratory partners in a new technical track under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) that addresses water-related aspects of energy production and use...8/21

Power PlantsTrying to Break the U.S. Energy System for Its Own Good

(Bloomberg Business) The White House doesn't want anyone to panic over its new climate rules. Instead of marking a big shift, the Obama team believes the Clean Power Plan is piggybacking on trends already under way in the economy...8/19

Local and State

TVA boosts rates as it moves to add more nuclear, gas and renewables, cut coal generation

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The average household in the Tennessee Valley will pay about $1.50 more a month for electricity next year as TVA shifts to more nuclear, natural gas and renewable power to replace aging coal plants it is shutting down...8/22

Power T LogoNew route connects UT to Pellissippi, ORNL during week

(WBIR) A new T bus route has been added to the University of Tennessee’s Parking and Transit schedule to connect the campus to Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley campus and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/21

Tennessee adds jobs at twice the U.S. rate last month

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Tennessee added jobs at twice the pace of the country as a whole in the past year, but the state's jobless rate still remains above the rest of the country. Unemployment in Tennessee was unchanged in July from the previous month at 5.7 percent, or four-tenths of a percentage point higher than the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.3 percent...8/21