Thursday, September 7, 2017
ORNL in the News

Secret ORNL West Knox 'smart' house makes way for neighborhoods of the future

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a secret house in a West Knoxville neighborhood. Forbidden to reveal the location of the house by the Homeowners Association, ORNL researchers quietly monitor energy use from a remote office in Oak Ridge...9/5


Cummins working with Oak Ridge Lab on 3D printing for heavy-duty engine repair

(Green Car Congress) Cummins is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop a material to repair heavy-duty vehicle engines damaged by a million miles of extreme conditions under the hood...9/6

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2017

(EurekAlert) Engines - Going the distance...Energy - Homes get smart...Imaging - Ionic moves...Electricity - Modern energy routing...Nuclear - Reactors of the future...9/5

Lab turning plants into plastic as part of new research project

(WVLY-TV) Developing the next generation of biofuels and plant-based alternatives to petroleum-based plastics is happening at the new Center for Bioenergy Innovation in Oak Ridge, Tennessee...9/4


Science and Technology

Water-based lithium-ion batteries without explosive risks now a reality

(PhysOrg) Researchers at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed for the first time a lithium-ion battery that uses a water-salt solution as its electrolyte and reaches the 4.0 volt mark desired for household electronics, such as laptop computers, without the fire and explosive risks associated with some commercially available non-aqueous lithium-ion batteries...9/6

Energy and Science Policy

Senate spending panel approves $2 billion raise for NIH in 2018

(Science Magazine) A Senate subcommittee today approved a $2 billion raise, to $36.1 billion, for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 2018 fiscal year that begins 1 October...7/6


DOE Advanced Nuclear Reactor Program Deemed Ineffective

(AIP) According to a new report, the Department of Energy’s program to develop advanced nuclear reactors has shifted priorities too often and overspent on facility upkeep. After $2 billion in expenditures, no advanced design is ready for deployment...9/5

New Energy Dept. Research Opens The Door To A World Without Gasoline — Fossil Gas, That Is

(Clean Technica) The agency’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has paired up with the University of Toronto to develop a method for converting carbon dioxide and water into a basic building block for high value chemicals and fuels, including synthetic gasoline...9/6

The University of Texas wants to manage Los Alamos National Lab

(KXAN-TV) The University of Texas System is planning to throw its hat in the ring and bid for a contract to run one of the Department of Energy’s national laboratories. This is the first time since 2005 Los Alamos National Laboratory has been open for new parties to apply to manage the lab...8/25

Local and State

Science Forum Kicks Off Friday With ‘The Future Of Energy From Crops’

(PublicNow) Joseph Bozell, professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, will present 'The Future of Energy from Crops' at the first UT Science Forum of the fall semester on Friday, September 8...9/6

Volkswagen eLabs open in eight Hamilton County schools

(Times Free Press) ...Each Volkswagen eLab is staffed with a Volkswagen eLabs Innovation Team to ensure utilization to the maximum capacity. The teams are made up of highly trained teachers with specialized skills in facilitating learning through digital fabrication. Gov. Bill Haslam said the eLabs will help the Tennessee educational system succeed and that education is a "top priority."...9/5