Thursday, September 14, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL geospatial tech assists hurricane responders

(Knoxville News Sentinel) First responders are using two Oak Ridge National Laboratory geospatial tools to support their work at the sites of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. An interactive ORNL web tool called Eagle-I is giving emergency response teams on the ground a bird's-eye view of critical energy infrastructure in areas that have been hit by the two hurricanes...9/12

Coal Seeks New Life as Carbon Fiber for Submarines

(Bloomberg) Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee used carbon fibers to build the submersible for the U.S. Navy with a 3-D printer, demonstrating the promise of new manufacturing techniques that are faster, cheaper and more flexible...9/13

UT-Battelle has to take corrective action, pay $120,000 after unauthorized disclosure of classified information

(Oak Ridge Today) UT-Battelle, which manages and operates Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has to take corrective actions and pay $120,000 for the unauthorized disclosure of classified information and the introduction of classified information into unapproved information systems at the lab, according to a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy that was approved in August...9/11

Mason and Powell: Preserving Tennessee's clean energy tradition

(Times Free Press) ...Founded as Clinton Laboratories during the World War II effort to develop the technology to produce and separate plutonium for the Manhattan Project, it shouldn't surprise that the Oak Ridge National Laboratory was one of the first to recognize the potential of nuclear energy development...9/13

Science and Technology

Quantum computer simulates largest molecule yet, sparking hope of future drug discoveries

(Science Magazine) As molecules go, beryllium hydride is puny—just two hydrogen atoms tacked onto a single beryllium atom. But, for the moment, it’s a heavyweight champ: It’s now the largest molecule ever modeled on a quantum computer, an emerging technology that might someday solve problems that stymie ordinary computers...9/13

Energy and Science Policy

Congress Extends Federal Spending, Debt Ceiling Through Early December

(AIP) In a swift and unexpected development, President Trump and Congress enacted a bipartisan agreement extending federal government spending at current levels and raising the federal debt ceiling, both through Dec. 8...9/11

The Energy 202: Carbon capture could also benefit from Trump outreach to Democrats

(The Washington Post) ...On Thursday, a bipartisan group in the House of Representatives will introduce a legislative fix to the carbon-capture tax credit that has attracted 20 Republicans and 9 Democratic co-sponsors in addition to the lead sponsor, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Tex.)...9/14

DOE

Energy Department Invests Up to $50 Million to Improve the Resilience and Security of the Nation’s Critical Energy Infrastructure

(Energy.gov) the Department of Energy is announcing awards of up to $50 million to DOE’s National Laboratories to support early stage research and development of next-generation tools and technologies to further improve the resilience of the Nation's critical energy infrastructure, including the electric grid and oil and natural gas infrastructure...9/12

PNNL helps lead grid modernization with new DOE projects

(EIN Presswire) The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will lead two new projects to advance resilient distribution systems, focusing on the integration of clean distributed energy resources...ND

Local and State

Tennessee hasn’t updated endangered species list in 16 years

(AP) An audit has found that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has not updated the state’s endangered species list in 16 years, even though it is required to do so every two years...9/13

Innovation Valley: A Mecca for Energy

(Business Facilities) As the home to leading research in energy at Electric Power Research Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee Valley Authority, and Y-12 National Security Complex, Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley has long been a mecca for renewable and alternative energy...9/11

ORAU awards $36,000 in education grants to local teachers

(Oak Ridge Today) ORAU awarded 38 teachers from 14 East Tennessee schools more than $36,000 on Monday at the 16th annual ORAU Education Grants ceremony...9/12