Thursday, September 17, 2015
ORNL in the News

Energy Department Announces the Results of a National Evaluation of the Weatherization Assistance Program

(EIN News) The Energy Department announced today the release of a major national evaluation of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Led by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the purpose of the peer-reviewed evaluation was to conduct detailed analysis of the WAP's Program Year 2008 (Retrospective Evaluation) and operations during the 2010 year of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act Evaluation)...9/16

ORNL expecting big crowd for 'Industry Day'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The event is sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy program, and it will reportedly open up the lab to all sorts of business possibilities and partnerships with regional entities...9/16

Vertimass Retains Technip for the Development of Their Proprietary Technology to Convert Alcohol to Renewable Fuels Compatible With Current Infrastructure

(Money News) Vertimass technology was originated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where scientists discovered novel catalysts that convert a wide range of alcohols into various hydrocarbon blend stocks which can be used in existing gasoline, diesel and jet engines without modifications...9/15

Science and Technology

Unless nations act, air pollution deaths will double by 2050, study concludes

(Science Magazine) ...The study marks a solid step toward clarifying exactly how major sources of air pollution contribute to premature death around the world, says Aaron Cohen, an epidemiologist at the Health Effects Institute, a nonprofit research organization in Boston, who wasn’t involved in the study...9/16

Energy and Science Policy

Strong Policy Framework Vital For Renewable Energy Development In North & South America

(CleanTechnica.com) GlobalData, a global intelligence provider for the energy and healthcare industries, has released its North and South America Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2015 report, which concludes not only that “the growth of the US renewable energy sector has been led by the state-level Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and other tax incentives and subsidies” but that, unsurprisingly, the US is “the largest generator of renewable energy” in North and South America...9/14

DOE

Secretary Moniz Unveils Roadmap to Double U.S. Energy Productivity by 2030 

(Energy.gov) In support of the President’s goal to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030, Secretary Moniz unveiled a strategic plan today laying out a path businesses, state and local governments, consumers and other stakeholders can use to achieve this goal...9/16

Energy, water & Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, chairman of the House Appropriations energy and water subcommittee, was in Oak Ridge earlier this week with his host and fellow Republican and subcommittee cohort Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn...9/16

LBNL to Co-Lead DOE’s New HPC4Manufacturing Program

(HPC Wire) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is collaborating with Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge national laboratories to lead a new Department of Energy program designed to fund and foster public-private R&D projects that enhance U.S. competitiveness in clean energy manufacturing...9/15

Local and State

Engineers Developing Threat Detection Device for Homeland Security

(Tennessee Today) The department recently awarded a grant to faculty from two College of Engineering departments who are collaborating to develop a portable nuclear or radiation detector that could be used without causing alarm to the public or alerting possible terror cells...9/14

White House releases $3.2 million to develop gigabit technology

(Times Free Press) The National Science Foundation has designated part of a $3.2 million grant to help the Mozilla Foundation, makers of the Firefox browser, expand the nonprofit's gigabit technology work in Chattanooga, Kansas City, and three yet-to-be-named cities...9/16