Tuesday, October 26, 2010
ORNL in the News

Sypris Awarded $3.1 Million of Funding from the Department of Energy

(Business Wire) Sypris Electronics, LLC, a subsidiary of Sypris Solutions, Inc., today announced that it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive $3.1 million of funding to develop a centralized cryptographic key management system to protect the nation's electric power grids from cyber attacks. Sypris was one of eight institutions selected by the DOE to receive cyber security R&D project funding...Sypris is partnering with Purdue University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute on the three-year project...10/25

Ingersoll Rand Saves $4M in Energy Costs

(Environmental Leader) Since implementing a three-tier energy audit program in 2005, Ingersoll Rand has saved more than $4 million in energy costs, according to a case study from the U.S. Department of Energy. The company’s energy-audit program entails a treasure hunt, expanded energy audits at high priority sites, and system specific audits...As part of the Save Energy Now program, Ingersoll Rand is working with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to identify auditing tools for specific systems in order to reduce employee volunteer requirements from other plants and to increase the capabilities at smaller sites to manage their own energy use...10/25

Trees' ability to soak up CO2 has limits

(ABC News) The ability of forests to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere has been overrated, according to a new study by US and Australian scientists. In a paper appearing this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr Richard Norby of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, and colleagues argue that an essential element, nitrogen, had previously not been adequately factored into the equation...10/26

Siemens recognizes students for research

(Oak Ridger) Eight Oak Ridge High School students have been recognized this year by the Siemens Foundation. The Siemens Foundation on Friday afternoon announced the 2010-11 Semifinalists and Regional Finalists in the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology..."This is the first year that we have had students working with mentors at the Spallation Neutron Source in addition to the Lab," [Tammy] Carneim explained. "Our partnership with the researchers at these facilities is invaluable."...10/25

Was CASL the lab's biggest win in 2010?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) During a recent interview with Oak Ridge National Lab Director Thom Mason, I asked him if CASL was the biggest victory for the lab in 2010. CASL stands for Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Lightwater Reactors, and it was the ORNL-led proposal that won the nuclear simulation and modeling hub put up for bids by the Dept. of Energy with multiple years of funding...10/24


DOE to pay $800K in environmental fines

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy and environmental regulators have resolved two disputes involving cleanup activities in Oak Ridge, and DOE has agreed to pay more than $800,000 in fines for failing to meet multiple milestones...10/26

State & Regional

TVA approaches debt ceiling

(Times Free Press) TVA expects to add $921 million to its debt this year, pushing the utility's total obligations to close to 90 percent of its borrowing ability...10/25


Wikileaks Iraq documents not as damaging as Pentagon feared – yet

(CS Monitor) The main Pentagon concern – that the Wikileaks documents would endanger Iraqis who worked with US forces – proved unfounded. But officials caution that dangers remain...10/25


East Tennessee

LED lights growing in Knoxville

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...One year ago, the city and KUB — in partnership with TVA and the Electric Power Research Institute — installed 12 lamps along Wall Avenue as part of a broader project to test a variety of LED products offered by competitors that have sprung up across the nation, aiming to tap the growing LED market. The next installation will be eight streetlights along Market Street, where existing sidewalks and streetlights will be torn up to make room for new ones, according to Gabriel Bolas, manager of the engineering systems group at KUB...10/26

energy & science policy

Huge Solar-Plant Project Approved

(Wall Street Journal) A proposal to build the world's biggest solar-thermal power plant in the Southern California desert got the go-ahead Monday from the Obama administration, which used the announcement to bolster its message that renewable energy creates jobs...10/26

“The Day of Reckoning Has Arrived”: Appropriators to Decide on Key Isotope For Space Probes

(AIP) When Congress returns to Washington later this month appropriators must make a critical decision about the future of U.S. planetary robotic missions...10/22

Inside Energy Extra

10/25 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Interior gives nod to 986-MW solar farm
- FutureGen seeks storage site for CO2
- First fuel rules for heavy trucks proposed
- DOE, Tennessee settle cleanup dispute
- Nuclear leader urges change in DOE aid

science & technology

Complex mathematical problem solved by bees

(PhysOrg.com) Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London and Royal Holloway, University of London have discovered that bees learn to fly the shortest possible route between flowers even if they discover the flowers in a different order. Bees are effectively solving the 'Travelling Salesman Problem', and these are the first animals found to do this...10/25

50-Million-Year-Old Insect Trove Found in Indian Amber

(Wired Science) A collection of amber deposits unearthed in northwest India has opened a spectacular window into insect life some 50 million years ago.

Other Stories

Iran Begins Loading Fuel at Nuclear Reactor

(NY Times) Iran said on Tuesday that it had begun loading the first of 163 fuel rods into the core of its first nuclear reactor, set to go into operation early next year, and vowed to pursue nuclear activities “in other areas.”...10/26

Why Europe Lags The U.S. In Productivity

(Forbes) Europe has made considerable economic progress in the past 15 years, but its per-capita gross domestic product is still $11,250 lower than that of the United States--$4.5 trillion in all. A preference for leisure time is one reason, but a widening productivity gap between Europe and the United States is the major culprit...10/25

Chemical Weapons, Iranian Agents and Massive Death Tolls Exposed in WikiLeaks’ Iraq Docs

(NPR) As the insurgency raged in Iraq, U.S. troops struggling to fight a shadowy enemy killed civilians, witnessed their Iraqi partners abuse detainees and labored to reduce Iran’s influence over the fighting...10/22