Thursday, September 1,, 2016
ORNL in the News

The World's Largest 3D Printed Object

(Energy.gov) ...Researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab developed a 3D-printed version of a “trim-and-drill” tool that Boeing uses to build the wings on its passenger aircraft. About the size of an SUV, the tool weighs 1,650 lbs and measures 17.5 feet long, 5.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall, making it the world’s largest solid object made with a 3D printer...8/29

Khaleel to lead ORNL's Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate

(Oak Ridge Today) ...“Moe brings a rich background as both a researcher and scientific leader,” ORNL Director Thom Mason said. “In his new position, he will oversee activities that translate basic science into applied research and development, with direct benefits for energy production, transmission, and conservation. ORNL will benefit from his experience and his vision.”...8/31

ORNL, Local Motors get national spotlight

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knoxville efforts in promoting manufacturing got some national attention Tuesday, through a visit by an Obama administration economic development official to Oak Ridge National Laboratory facilities and the Local Motors micro-factory in West Knox County...8/31

ORNL, ETEC hope to enhance cybersecurity

(Oak Ridger) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee have joined with Cisco Systems, the East Tennessee Economic Council and other private corporations to form the Cyber & Information Security Consortium (CISC)...8/25

Science and Technology

Nuclear power plants prepare for old age

(Nature) ...The NRC has renewed the licences of 81 US reactors still in operation for another 20 years. And it presented safety guidelines in December for utilities considering renewing their licences for another 20 years. But concerns remain about the effects of time on facilities that could be in operation for 80 years...8/30

Energy and Science Policy

NSF Seeking Research Community Input on Next Strategic Plan

(AIP) The National Science Foundation is soliciting feedback on the foundation’s next strategic plan, which will set its vision statement, core values, and strategic goals and objectives from 2018 to 2022...8/24

DOE

Energy Department Announces $29 Million Investment in Enhanced Geothermal Systems Efforts

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s continued commitment to the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department today announced $29 million in funding under the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) program for projects awarded to teams at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Utah...8/31

End of an era, beginning of a new one at ETTP (K-25)

(Oak Ridger) Politicians, business leaders and workers gathered outside in the heat Tuesday morning to watch the final wall of the K-27 building at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge come tumbling down...8/31

Energy Department to Invest $16 Million in Computer Design of Materials

(Berkeley Lab) ...Two four-year projects—one team led by DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the other team led by DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory —will leverage the labs’ expertise in materials and take advantage of superfast computers at DOE national laboratories to develop software for designing fundamentally new functional materials destined to revolutionize applications in alternative and renewable energy, electronics, and a wide range of other fields...8/16

Local and State

Transformer fire forces TVA to shut down Unit 2 reactor indefinitely

(Times Free Press) The Tennessee Valley Authority today is trying to determine the cause of a fire in the switchyard of its Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant that started around 9:11 p.m. Tuesday night and took TVA fire crews about an hour to extinguish...8/31