Friday, September 6, 2013
ORNL in the News

DOE will research vehicle efficiencies

(MTD) The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced it will spend more than $45 million for 38 new projects that will research and develop vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, lower transportation costs and protect the environment...A project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will develop and validate solid-state spot joining technology to join body-in-white high strength steel and aluminum...9/5

DOE invests $11 million for new HVAC, energy-saving technology

(Contractor Magazine) The Energy Department has announced 12 projects to develop innovative heating, cooling and insulation technologies...A private firm, Thermolift, along with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stony Brook University and National Grid will receive $750,000 to help commercialize a natural gas heat pump to provide heating, cooling and hot water for homes and commercial buildings...9/5

DOE

Y-12 contract extensions: an even dozen (so far)

(Knoxville News Sentinel) B&W Y-12, a partnership of Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services and Bechtel National, took over management of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge in late 2000. Since then, the contract has been extended 12 time...9/4

State & Regional

Energy firms call on TVA to open grid to more solar

(The Tennessean) ...The federal agency’s small-scale solar program, launched about a decade ago as a way to jump-start the budding solar industry in Tennessee, allows solar power generators to connect to the electrical grid and sell the power they generate to TVA at a rate higher than the market price...9/6

National

Iran Plots Revenge, U.S. Says

(Wall Street Journal) The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria, officials said, amid an expanding array of reprisal threats across the region...9/6

East Tennessee

Rep. Fleischmann calls Wilcox an ‘East Tennessee legend’

(Knoxville News Sentinel) “Bill Wilcox was nothing short of an East Tennessee legend. His tireless and faithful efforts to preserve and promote the immense impact Oak Ridge has had on the world will not soon be forgotten....9/5

McGhee Tyson Airport speeding up security screening with new program

(WATE-TV) ... Here in Knoxville, McGhee Tyson announced Thursday they're one of 60 airports launching a new program geared toward frequent flyers as a way to speed up the screening process...9/5

energy & science policy

Why Obama Just Named Sweden As A Model For Energy Policy

(Climate Progress) During a press conference with Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday afternoon Stockholm time, President Obama was asked what the United States could learn from Sweden. His first thought was sustainable energy development...9/4

science & technology

Research Cites Role of Warming in Extremes

(NY Times) Scientists have long predicted that global warming will worsen heat waves and torrential rainfalls. In some parts of the world, that is exactly what happened last year, climate scientists reported Thursday...9/5

New Giant Volcano Below Sea Is Largest in the World

(National Geographic News) A volcano the size of New Mexico or the British Isles has been identified under the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) east of Japan, making it the biggest volcano on Earth and one of the biggest in the solar system...9/5

Engineers make golden breakthrough to improve electronic devices

(PhysOrg) A Kansas State University chemical engineer has discovered that a new member of the ultrathin materials family has great potential to improve electronic and thermal devices...9/5

Other Stories

Can Urban Planning Turn Brooklyn Into the Next Silicon Valley?

(Wired) Earlier this summer, the architects and urban planners at WXY Studio released a strategic plan for Tech Triangle--a hub of tech activity in the heart of Brooklyn...9/5