Tuesday, October 12, 2010
ORNL in the News

US and China join forces on energy efficient building research

(Energy Efficiency News) The third in a series of joint US-China Clean Energy Research Centres (CERCs) will be led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and focus on energy efficient buildings, it was announced last week. The consortium, which includes Oak Ridge National Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California-Davis, The Dow Chemical Company, Honeywell and General Electric, will receive $12.5 million from the US Government, matched by at least $12.5 million from the partners, and $25 million from Chinese counterparts over the next five years...10/12

Brookhaven research instrument gets new life at Oak Ridge reactor

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new research instrument is being commissioned at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's High Flux Isotope Reactor. According to info from ORNL, the cold triple-axis spectrometer was originally at Brookhaven National Lab's High Flux Beam Reactor and then moved to Oak Ridge and refurbished for use at the HFIR. The instrument uses slower-moving cold neutrons to study low-energy excitations in materials, the lab said. It reportedly is one of only two of its kind in the U.S. and should be available for use by researchers in spring 2011...10/10

State & Regional

Tennessee Valley Corridor Nuclear Energy Initiative Off To Fast Start

(The Chattanoogan) Thanks to three recent industry forums held in Chattanooga, Huntsville, Al., and Oak Ridge, Tn., an initiative to help plan the future of the nuclear power industry in the Tennessee Valley Corridor is off to a fast start...10/11

TVA signs wind project contract

(Mississippi Business Journal) The Tennessee Valley Authority is adding more wind energy to its power generation mix with a contract to buy up to 201 megawatts of renewable energy from a Kansas wind farm...10/8

DOE

Will Savannah River safety issues affect contract competition for Oak Ridge cleanup?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Dept. of Energy last week announced a bunch of safety violations at the Savannah River Site and issued a number of penalties, including withholding more than $3 million in fees for contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions for "significant failures in safety performance."...10/11

National

U.S. sees crisis fears easing over South China Sea

(Reuters) Asian nations seem to be veering away from the risk of any immediate crisis over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday during Asian-Pacific defense talks in Vietnam...10/12

energy & science policy

Offshore Wind Power Line Wins Praise, and Backing

(NY Times) Google and a New York financial firm have each agreed to invest heavily in a proposed $5 billion transmission backbone for future offshore wind farms along the Atlantic Seaboard that could ultimately transform the region’s electrical map...10/12

Inside Energy Extra

10/11 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- DOE urges Constellation to reconsider
- Firm eyes offshore transmission line
- Best Buy to get EV charging stations
- Poll finds big support for solar

science & technology

Global Carbon Cycle: Tiny Creatures May Play a Crucial Role in Mixing Ocean Nutrients

(Science Daily) Two separate research groups are reporting groundbreaking measurements of the fluid flow that surrounds freely swimming microorganisms. Experiments involving two common types of microbes reveal the ways that one creature's motion can affect its neighbors, which in turn can lead to collective motions of microorganism swarms...10/11

Saturn's Largest Moon Has Ingredients for Life?

(National Geographic News) The chemical "letters" used to write the basic code for life on Earth might exist on Saturn's largest moon, according to new research presented Thursday...10/8

Other Stories

2 Americans, 1 British-Cypriot win econ Nobel

(AP) Two Americans and a British-Cypriot economist won the 2010 Nobel economics prize Monday for developing a theory that helps explain why many people can remain unemployed despite a large number of job vacancies...10/11

Chile mine rescue nears after an engineering showcase

(CS Monitor) The completion of the shaft that will be used to evacuate the Chile miners who've been trapped for almost two months was cause for celebration. The effort has also helped engineering and other companies to showcase their wares...10/11

Nuclear Road Trip: Shipping Uranium A Complex Task

(NPR) A shipment of bomb-grade uranium arrived at a secure facility in Russia Monday, sent from a research reactor in Poland as part of a race to secure dangerous radioactive material around the world. There was no way to mistake the shipment for something innocuous like Polish sausage — the trucks were escorted by heavily armed police officers and plastered with large radioactive signs...10/11