Thursday, October 8, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL tests second-chance steam plant

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The U.S. Department of Energy’s manager at ORNL said a new high-efficiency system — which burns natural gas or fuel oil, if needed — has been installed ahead of schedule, and so far the results have been impressive...10/8

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oct. 2015  

(Newswise) BIOFUELS - High-octane payoff ...VEHICLES -- Connected to efficiency ...MATERIALS - Accelerating discovery ...NUCLEAR -- Molten salt reactor anniversary ...COMPUTING - Mining information ...10/6

Oak Ridge National Laboratory highlights benefits of ethanol’s high octane rating

(Biofuels Digest) In Tennessee, ethanol’s inherently high octane rating makes it attractive for meeting fuel economy and greenhouse gas targets and renewable fuel mandates, according to an Oak Ridge National Laboratory report...10/7

ORNL union workers ratify 5-yr contract; agreement includes wage increases and signing bonus

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Union workers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory today ratified a new five-year labor contract that will provide them with a 14 percent wage increase over the life of the agreement...10/7

Department of Energy Honors Rocha as Part of "Women@Energy" Series

(Tennessee Today) The accolades continue to roll in for Andrea Rocha, a postdoctoral research fellow on the team of UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair Terry Hazen...10/7

Researchers find 'greener' way to assemble materials for solar applications

(PhysOrg) The efficiency of solar cells depends on precise engineering of polymers that assemble into films 1,000 times thinner than a human hair. Today, formation of that polymer assembly requires solvents that can harm the environment, but scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found a "greener" way to control the assembly of photovoltaic polymers in water...10/5

Science and Technology

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for DNA Studies

(NY Times) Tomas Lindahl, Paul L. Modrich and Aziz Sancar were awarded the prize for having discovered how cells repair their DNA and protect it from waves of punishment that the body and the environment dish out more or less continuously...10/7

CERN Prepares to Test Revolutionary Mini Accelerator

(Scientific American) The home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator, is getting a new machine — and this time, the whole point is to keep it small...10/7

Energy and Science Policy

Solar and Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point  

(Bloomberg Business) Wind power is now the cheapest electricity to produce in both Germany and the U.K., even without government subsidies, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). It's the first time that threshold has been crossed by a G7 economy...10/6

AAAS CEO Rush Holt Discusses the State of U.S. Science and Communicating Science to Policymakers

(AIP) On September 29, Rush Holt, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and former U.S. Representative, spoke during an interview about the state of science in the U.S., how to communicate science to the public and policymakers, and how scientists and others can engage effectively with policymakers to be better advocates for science...10/6


UPF team still moving

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As noted earlier this year, design and engineering work on the Uranium Processing Facility was being consolidated at two facilities in Oak Ridge’s Commerce Park — not far from the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, where the UPF is to be constructed...10/7

ARPA-E Announces $30 Million in Funding for Window Efficiency Technologies

( The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced up to $30 million in funding for a new program focused on improving the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings...10/7

Idaho National Laboratory study: Charging stations key to increased electric car adoption

(Daily Journal) An Idaho National Laboratory study has found that widespread adoption of electric vehicles could reduce the country's gas consumption, but that the availability of charging stations will determine if more people buy...10/6

Department of Energy creates Center for Computational Materials at Argonne

(University of Chicago News) The invention of groundbreaking new energy technologies will be faster and less costly as scientists use supercomputers to invent new materials and engineer their properties and behavior from basic scientific principles...10/1

NREL seeks to optimize individual comfort in buildings

(PhysOrg) On a typical early fall morning in Golden, Colorado, the temperature outside was about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Tucked inside a unique structure at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), two volunteers felt considerably cooler than that, but would soon be pushed past the outdoor conditions...10/8

Local and State

Evans to give update on Oak Ridge mall redevelopment Tuesday

(Oak Ridge Today) ...Main Street Oak Ridge could redevelop the mall, now officially known as the Oak Ridge City Center, as a 60-acre mixed-use project that would include retailers, restaurants, a hotel, and residential units...10/5

Haslam: Volkswagen still 'solid investment' 

(Times Free Press) Despite the emission-rigging scandal that has stricken Volkswagen, Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday he thinks VW's Chattanooga assembly plant can serve as "a central hub" for the German carmaker...10/8