Thursday, October 2, 2014
ORNL in the News

Using large cryogenic pellets, US ITER advances new fusion technology

(PhysOrg) The international ITER fusion project is building "a sun on earth" that will produce a self-heated, burning plasma—a key step toward industrial-scale fusion energy production...9/29

Research team first to fully sequence bacterial genome important to fuel and chemical production

(PhysOrg) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are the first team to sequence the entire genome of the Clostridium autoethanogenum bacterium, which is used to sustainably produce fuel and chemicals from a range of raw materials, including gases derived from biomass and industrial wastes...9/26

UT College of Engineering, ORNL Team Up For Manufacturing Day

(Southeast Green) The strong link between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be on display Friday, as the Department of Energy's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL welcomes UT students and faculty...10/1

Smallest-possible Diamonds Form Ultra-thin Nanothread

(Carnegie Science) A team including Carnegie’s Malcolm Guthrie and George Cody has, for the first time, discovered how to produce ultra-thin "diamond nanothreads" that promise extraordinary properties..."We used the large high-pressure Paris-Edinburgh device at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to compress a 6-millimeter-wide amount of benzene—a gigantic amount compared with previous experiments," said Guthrie...9/25

Technology revolution in nuclear power could slash costs below coal

(The Telegraph) The cost of conventional nuclear power has spiralled to levels that can no longer be justified. All the reactors being built across the world are variants of mid-20th century technology, inherently dirty and dangerous, requiring exorbitant safety controls...9/24

Despite woes, SNS will meet some 2014 goals

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Operations were shut down early this month at the Spallation Neutron Source because of a target vessel that failed prematurely and the shutdown has been extended until mid-to-late October because of a water leak in a section of the research facility’s linear accelerator...9/29

Science and Technology

A Giant Charger That Juices Up Electric Buses in Three Minutes

(Wired News) To keep its customers on the road as much as possible, Tesla has built an international network of Supercharger stations, which can charge the battery in the Model S halfway in just 20 minutes...10/2

Energy and Science Policy

Wind energy cuts the electricity bill

(PhysOrg) The promoting of renewable energy is at the heart of the current debate on energy policy. From an economic perspective, the question focusses on determining the cost of the feed-in tariff systems...9/3




Recovery plan for WIPP: restart in early 2016

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy today released its recovery plan for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, saying it is committed to resuming operations in the first quarter of calendar year 2016...9/30

Secretary Moniz Hosts Energy Security Symposium, Honors Dr. Daniel Yergin with First James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security

( To commemorate the 37th anniversary of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) opening in 1977 and to kick off National Energy Action Month, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today hosted the first Schlesinger Medal Ceremony and Symposium on Energy Security...10/1

Fuel cell-powered mobile lights tested, proven, ready for commercial use

(PhysOrg) The H2LT developed by Sandia National Laboratories and its partners was deployed in 2011 at the site of the final space shuttle launch and observed by visitors, shuttle astronauts and members of the international media...9/30

$25 Million Algae Biofuel Blitz Planned By Energy Department

(Clean Technica) The US Department of Energy has set its sights on innovative technologies to bring the cost of algae biofuel down below $5-per-gallon equivalent in gasoline by 2019...10/1

Iowa State Physicists Among Teams Preparing for New Energy Department Supercomputer

(Newswise) A team of Iowa State University nuclear physicists is preparing to scale up its computer codes for Cori, the next-generation supercomputer being developed by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center...10/1

Local and State

Mall project clears critical hurdle Monday

(Oak Ridge Today) The proposed redevelopment of the Oak Ridge mall cleared a critical hurdle on Monday when city officials agreed to extend a property tax agreement for the 59-acre project, authorize $2 million in roadway and other infrastructure work, and offer a $500,000 grant if some federal funding is not approved...9/30