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.