3D printing yields advantages for US ITER engineers
March 11, 2014 — ITER, the international fusion research facility now under construction in St. Paul-lez-Durance, France, has been called a puzzle of a million pieces. US ITER staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using an affordable tool—desktop three-dimensional printing, also known as additive printing—to help them design and configure components more efficiently and affordably.
March 05, 2014 — Photovoltaic spray paint could coat the windows and walls of the future if scientists are successful in developing low-cost, flexible solar cells based on organic polymers.
'That's what we do.'
February 26, 2014 — University of Tennessee (UT)-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair for Advanced Manufacturing Suresh Babu will lead the University of Tennessee's effort as part of a Detroit-based Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation institute announced by President Obama on Feb. 25.
Thompson-Boling Arena Among First in World to Use Cutting-Edge Lighting
February 26, 2014 — With the installation of LED fixtures, UT’s Thompson-Boling Arena is one of the first in the world to feature lights that are smaller, brighter, and up to 85 percent more efficient than conventional arena metal halide lights.
Asking the right questions
February 25, 2014 — A boyhood fascination with philosophy and nature put Gaute Hagen on the path he still follows at Oak Ridge National Laboratory: seeking answers to some of life’s most basic questions. By asking the right ones, the native of Norway hopes for insights that could rewrite physics textbooks.
Climate consequences loom
February 20, 2014 — Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu mixed his Wigner Distinguished Lecture on Feb . 12 with a description of his current research at Stanford and his outlook on energy policy and climate change.
ORNL partners on SuperTruck featured in Obama speech
February 20, 2014 — On Tuesday, Feb. 18, President Obama unveiled the timing for the next phase of fuel economy regulations for trucks. He delivered his speech at a Safeway store in Maryland.
Ballistic Transport in Graphene Suggests New Type of Electronic Device
February 05, 2014 — Using electrons more like photons could provide the foundation for a new type of electronic device that would capitalize on the ability of graphene to carry electrons with almost no resistance even at room temperature – a property known as ballistic transport.
Letting in the light
January 29, 2014 — Soiling -- the accumulation of dust and sand -- on solar power reflectors and photovoltaic cells is one of the main efficiency drags for solar power plants, capable of reducing reflectivity up to 50 percent in 14 days.
January 28, 2014 — Arun Majumdar's recent career stops in government and private industry have given him a unique perspective on the role of innovation in energy.
January 28, 2014 — After an illustrious 36-year career, energy policy research analyst David Greene retired late last year from The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laborator. Greene's expertise has made him a frequently sought authority when energy is in the news. His observations, which often point to market forces' effects on oil prices, have invariably proven accurate in the long term.
Defense from a distance
January 22, 2014 — Modern weapons technologies often keep members of the military out of harm's way by allowing them to perform missions from a distance. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are helping the military play defense from a distance, as well.
Comprehensive phonon “map” offers direction for engineering new thermoelectric devices
January 08, 2014 — If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic on a hot, sunny afternoon, you might have noticed the rippling effect caused by the release of even hotter exhaust fumes. If so, you’ve watched opportunity drift away.
Mammalian genetics pioneer Liane Russell writes Mouse House history
December 30, 2013 — Award-winning geneticist Liane Russell has written a history of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's fabled Mouse House, where she and husband William led a research program that charted significant advances in the field of mammalian genetics and mutagenesis.
ORNL researchers show production, energy advantages of additive manufacturing
November 20, 2013 — Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working with aircraft makers to determine energy savings through the use of additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing.
ORNL continues to reduce its energy footprint
November 13, 2013 — Energy-efficiency was a prevailing theme of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s decade-long modernization campaign. With most new construction complete, the laboratory continues to fine-tune the energy use of its facilities both old and new, from lighting to the systems that cool its supercomputers.
Fert kicks off Wigner Lectures to full house
November 05, 2013 — Nobel Laureate Albert Fert gave the inaugural Eugene Wigner Distinguished Lecture Monday to a packed house at the Spallation Neutron Source’s Iran Thomas Auditorium. The lecture, hosted by ORNL's Corporate Fellows, was titled "Novel Directions for Spintronics: Spin-orbitronics and Magnetic Skyrmions.
November 04, 2013 — Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using wireless technology to charge electric vehicles at rest or on the go, a development with potential to give EVs much smaller batteries and potentially limitless range.
70 years ago
November 01, 2013 — Monday, Nov. 4, is the 70th anniversary of the morning the Graphite Reactor -- then known as the "Clinton Pile" or "X-10 Pile" -- achieved a nuclear chain reaction for the first time. It was the initial major milestone for the facility, built to demonstrate the production of plutonium in a nuclear reactor.
ORNL researchers make strides toward a copper oxide solar cell
October 30, 2013 — Amit Goyal and his team of research scientists are using copper oxide to redesign the face of solar power.
Solar Decathlon house continues to yield data
October 25, 2013 — Staff and students at the University of Tennessee hope their innovations from last year’s Department of Energy Solar Decathlon benefit teams gearing up for the 2013 contest.
Titan Propels GE Wind Turbine Research into New Territory
October 25, 2013 — The amount of global electricity supplied by wind, the world’s fastest growing energy source, is expected to increase from 2.5 to as much as 12 percent by 2020. Under ideal conditions, wind farms can be three times more efficient than coal plants, but going wherever the wind blows is not always so easy.
3D printing rises to the occasion
October 17, 2013 — Things have come a long way since the mid-1980s when 3D Systems cofounder Chuck Hull worked out the technology to print objects in three dimensions, one very thin layer at a time. Hull called his new technology "stereolithography."
In it, a guided beam of ultraviolet light is focused on a vat of liquid polymer, solidifying areas where it hits.
ORNL tests energy-efficient technologies for expeditionary military bases in the tropics
September 26, 2013 — Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory took advantage of Tennessee’s sweltering summer weather to assess energy-saving technologies for use on expeditionary military bases in the tropical Asia-Pacific region.