Thursday, September 2, 2010
ORNL in the News

Are CHP Systems Ready for Commercial Buildings?

(Mechanical Engineering Magazine) Recent power blackouts, constraints on the transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure and the inability of power merchants to raise capital for new construction are creating new challenges and opportunities....(scroll)...Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) Cooling, Heating, and Power (CHP) Integration Laboratory provides a research and development test bed for improving the energy efficiency and utility load characteristics of CHP equipment and the integration of components into packaged systems...9/2

Start-up company aims to harness the full potential of producing electricity from waste heat

(PhysOrg) Currently, more than two-thirds of the fuel used to generate power in the United States is lost as heat, according to a 2008 report from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The goal of cogeneration technology is to convert this waste heat into electric and thermal power...9/2


Continuous Building Evolution

(Walls & Ceilings) Exterior finishing choices and moisture-related problems occurring within building enclosures are nearly limitless...The U.S. Department of Energy, through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Building Technologies, in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratories, has confirmed the EIFS industry’s conviction that to add a blanket of insulation that bridges the thermal gaps at the stud and floor lines is the best way to insulate and sheath a home or structure...8/30





NNSA Awards Bronze Medal Award to Dale Christenson of Y-12

(DOE Press Release) The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that Dale Christenson of the Y-12 Site Office has been recognized with an NNSA Bronze Medal Award for his role in overseeing and managing the construction of Y-12’s Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility (HEUMF)...8/26

U.S. Smart Meters Hit 2M Installed

(Earth Techling) Smart meter installations around the country seem to be going on at a quick pace, so much so that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced yesterday that over 2 million of these two way communication devices have thus far been placed in homes and businesses nationwide...9/1

Doing More While Using Less Power

(New York Times) Energy efficiency is a way to meet the world's growing energy needs, just like building more power plants — except that it costs less, emits no carbon dioxide or radiation, and does not rely on scarce resources in potentially hostile places...9/1

State & Regional

Alexander asks EPA to hold coal ash hearing in Roane County

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hold an extra public hearing in Roane County on coal ash disposal so that federal officials can hear firsthand how a massive ash spill there damaged property and disrupted lives...9/2


Some Hunker Down, Some Flee as Earl Approaches

(FoxNews) Hurricane Earl was barreling toward the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday with winds swirling at around 145 mph and forecasters were trying to pinpoint exactly how close the strongest winds and heaviest surge would get to North Carolina's fragile chain of barrier islands...9/2

Postal Service seeks key concessions as contract talks open with largest union

(Washington Post) The U.S. Postal Service, headed toward a loss of at least $7 billion this fiscal year, opened contract talks with its largest union Wednesday seeking cost cuts that could reshape the nation's mail-delivery system...9/2

East Tennessee

Knox County Mayor Burchett vows to rein in costs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The cuts started immediately.  About an hour after he took the oath of office Wednesday, new Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett listed a litany of policy changes designed to save money, streamline departments and create efficiencies in local government...9/2

Knoxville kudzu-eating goats on borrowed time

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Nearly 50 goats have been eating their way across Knoxville for the past month or so, but feeding time is nearly over, at least for now.  "We have spent out all our grant money, and we are hoping that the city will pick it up and continue it," said Allison Teeters, executive director of Keep Knoxville Beautiful...9/1



energy & science policy

Recent Developments:
DOE Education, Export Control Reform, NASA Reauthorization, DOE Advisory Board, NIST Reorganization

Multiple stories of interest

Inside Energy Extra

9/2 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • Murkowski concedes Alaska Senate race
  • Interior rebuffed on drill-ban suit
  • BP's ad spending soars after spill
  • Audit lauds DOE on energy centers
  • Chu's advisory board sets first meeting

science & technology

Evolution in Action: Lizard Moving From Eggs to Live Birth

(National Geographic) Evolution has been caught in the act, according to scientists who are decoding how a species of Australian lizard is abandoning egg-laying in favor of live birth.  Along the warm coastal lowlands of New South Wales (map), the yellow-bellied three-toed skink lays eggs to reproduce. But individuals of the same species living in the state's higher, colder mountains are almost all giving birth to live young...9/1

Gray Matter: In Which I Fully Submerge My Hand in Liquid Nitrogen

When I first saw this photograph of a man’s hand submerged in liquid nitrogen at somewhere below -320° F, my immediate thought was, “That guy must be crazy! One second in that stuff, and you’re shopping for new skin!” My shock was tempered only slightly by the fact that it was my hand, and we’d taken the picture just a minute earlier.


Other Stories

Police Kill Hostage Taker Who Besieged Discovery Channel

(Wired) After a daylong standoff, authorities shot and killed an armed man wearing an explosive device who had taken three hostages at the Discovery Channel’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside the District of Columbia...9/2

Oxford English Dictionary ponders the (partial) end of print

(Ars Technica) They just don't make dictionaries like they used to—though perhaps that's a good thing in some ways. Take the monumental and splendiferously fecund pulchritude that is the Oxford English Dictionary as an example...9/1

Highest-Paid Athlete Hailed From Ancient Rome

(Discovery News) Ultra millionaire sponsorship deals such as those signed by sprinter Usain Bolt, motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi and tennis player Maria Sharapova, are just peanuts compared to the personal fortune amassed by a second century A.D. Roman racer, according to an estimate published in the historical magazine Lapham's Quarterly...9/1