Thursday, September 28, 2017
ORNL in the News

New Battery Holds Promise for Substation Supplementation, Substitution

(Chattanooga Times) EPB's project is a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as part of the DOE's Grid Modernization Lab Consortium program...9/25

Bioenergy and biofuel projects win DOE support

(Bioenergy Insight) Udaya Kalluri of Oak Ridge National Laboratory is aiming to determine how modifying plant cell walls in the candidate bioenergy feedstock crop poplar, can affect plant-microbe interactions and the utility of poplar for biofuel production...9/27

Testing the future of energy with a smart neighborhood

(WVLT-TV) It may look like your average home lining the streets of a typical suburban neighborhood, but on the other side of the walls is a lab for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, testing the future of energy efficiency...9/25

ORNL reports strong interest in voluntary separations, but still needs to review applications

(Oak Ridge Today) There has been strong interest in a voluntary separation program that could reduce the workforce at Oak Ridge National Laboratory by up to 350 positions, but the lab still has to review applications and finalize who qualifies, a spokesperson said Wednesday, the deadline to apply...9/27

Science and Technology

European Detector Spots Its First Gravitational Wave

(Scientific American) Physicists have announced their fourth-ever detection of gravitational waves, and the first such discovery made together by observatories in Europe and the United States...9/27

Energy and Science Policy

US and UK Sign First-Ever Umbrella S&T Agreement

(AIP) Last week, representatives of the U.S. and U.K. governments signed the first-ever umbrella agreement on science and technology between the two nations...9/26

Trump Orders Up $200M a Year for STEM, Coding Education

(Xconomy) ...In a White House ceremony, President Donald Trump directed his education secretary to allocate at least $200 million a year to fund student access to coursework in science, engineering, and especially, computer science...9/25

DOE

Nanoparticle Supersoap Creates ‘Bijel’ With Potential as Sculptable Fluid

(Lab Manager) ...This finding could lead to soft robotics, liquid circuitry, shape-shifting fluids, and a host of new materials that use soft, rather than solid, substances...9/26

DOE funds project to improve algal biomass yield

(Biomass Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of one additional project, for up to $3.5 million, as part of the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Advanced Algal Systems Program funding opportunity announcement...9/27

Department Of Energy Assessing Puerto Rico’s Power Grid Damage

(CBS News) The U.S. Department of Energy says initial damage assessments and power restoration efforts have begun on Puerto Rico after it was battered by Hurricane Maria...9/25

DOE Announces $36 Million for Projects to Advance Carbon Capture Technologies

(Environmental Expert) U.S. U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced approximately $36 million in federally-funded financial assistance to advance carbon capture technologies...9/25

Local and State

ORICL and Roane State celebrate their partnership, lifelong learning

(Oak Ridger) Founders and members of the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning, or ORICL, celebrated earlier this month not only the nonprofit service organization’s 20th anniversary, but also its 20-year partnership with Roane State Community College...9/27