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SOLAR – Suitability mapping …
— Using remote sensing data, researchers can efficiently determine optimum sites for solar power plants, according to a study led by Olufemi Omitaomu of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. With the target of solar energy providing up to 35 percent of the nation’s total energy requirements by 2050, the need for strategic siting of solar plants is vital, Omitaomu said.

LIGHTING – Safer landings …
— Airport runways could be highly visible under even the worst conditions with a lighting technology being developed by a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The prototype fixture features infrared and white light generators packaged in the industry standard PAR 38 configuration and uses ORNL’s graphite foam.

ENERGY – Rooftop A/C retrofit …
— Through some nifty system coordination that limits the number of commercial rooftop air conditioning units that run simultaneously, a technique developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers can provide savings of thousands of dollars per year. Researchers expect the system, installed at a church in Knoxville, Tenn., to return the $1,200 investment in six months to a year.

ENERGY – Good vibrations dryer …
— Tomorrow’s clothes dryers could use high-frequency mechanical vibrations instead of heat to extract moisture as a cold mist, dramatically reducing drying time and energy use. Oak Ridge National Laboratory and GE Appliances researchers are developing a prototype that uses ultrasonic transducers with an energy factor that greatly exceeds current heat-based technology.

Biometrics – 3-D face analysis …
— Law enforcement and national security agencies could benefit from an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology able to determine a person’s age, race and gender with high fidelity.

Hydro – Power and peril …
— Fish and the dams that provide about 7 percent of the nation’s electricity may have a more symbiotic relationship because of work being performed by a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Mark Bevelhimer and Brenda Pracheil.

Materials – Imaging atoms for better batteries …
— Lithium-manganese-rich cathodes are twice as energy dense as other commercially available cathodes but degrade quickly during use. Using electron microscopy and theoretical modeling, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers identified substitution patterns in the material’s atomic arrangement.

Environment – Invertebrates’ role in bioaccumulation …
— By studying fish and invertebrates in a creek with known mercury contamination, researchers are gaining a better understanding of the relationship between the toxin in the stream and bioaccumulation in organisms. While mercury concentrations in East Fork Poplar Creek in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Energy – School retrofit paying dividends …
— A ground source heat pump installed at rural Cedarville High School in Arkansas through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has reduced energy use by 53 percent and carbon dioxide emissions by 52 percent, according to an Oak Ridge National Laboratory report.

Batteries – Simulation software aids design …
— Designers of safe high-performance batteries for electric vehicles are getting a hand with a new computational toolset created by a team led by Sreekanth Pannala and John Turner of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The software simulates key battery performance indicators, including charge and thermal transport, electrochemical reactions and battery mechanical stresses.

 
 
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