Public Release: 8-Dec-2015 NREL estimates economically viable US renewable generation
Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are providing, for the first time, a method for measuring the economic potential of renewable energy across the United States.
A study applying this new method found that renewable energy generation is economically viable in many parts of the United States largely due to rapidly declining technology costs.
Public Release: 8-Dec-2015
Science NREL research advances understanding of photoelectrodes
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a new probe that could lead to a better photoelectrochemical cell.
A paper on the discovery, 'Semiconductor interfacial carrier dynamics via photoinduced electric fields,' was published in Science Magazine.
Public Release: 7-Dec-2015 A cure for medical researchers' big data headache
Oak Ridge Graph Analytics for Medical Innovation (ORiGAMI), supplies researchers with an advanced data tool for literature-based discovery that has the potential to accelerate medical research and discovery. The result of collaboration between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the US National Library of Medicine, ORiGAMI unites three emerging technologies that are shaping the future of health care: big data, graph computing, and the Semantic Web.
Public Release: 26-Nov-2015
Science Can Paris pledges avert severe climate change?
A study published in Science today shows that if the emission reductions pledges brought to Paris are implemented and followed by measures of equal or greater ambition, they have the potential to reduce the probability of the highest levels of warming, and increase the probability of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
Global Technology Strategy Program, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, US Department of State, US Environmental Protection Agency
Public Release: 24-Nov-2015 Three new technologies to make energy cleaner, more efficient
PNNL and its partners are developing three new technologies to improve the power grid, make biofuel from seaweed and produce hydrogen with grants from DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E.
US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
Public Release: 17-Nov-2015
ASA Data Science Journal Managing the data deluge for national security analysts
National security analysts often find that available data is growing much faster than their ability to observe and process it. Sometimes they can't make key connections and often they are overwhelmed struggling to use data for predictions and forensics. Sandia National Laboratories' Pattern Analytics to Support High-Performance Exploitation and Reasoning team has developed solutions that will enable analysts to work smarter, faster and more effectively when looking at complex data in real-time, stressful environments.
Public Release: 16-Nov-2015 Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists win 5 R&D 100 awards
Technologies that impact cyber security, increase our ability to detect trace amounts of chemicals, convert sewage into fuel, view energy processes under real-world conditions and forecast future electric needs are among the newest R&D 100 award winners.
US Department of Energy, and others
Public Release: 16-Nov-2015 ORNL wins 6 R&D 100 awards
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received six R&D 100 awards, increasing the lab's total to 193 since the award's inception in 1963.
Public Release: 16-Nov-2015 INCITE grants awarded to 56 computational research projects
The US Department of Energy's Office of Science announced 56 projects aimed at accelerating discovery and innovation to address some of the world's most challenging scientific questions. The projects will share 5.8 billion core hours on America's two most powerful supercomputers dedicated to open science.
Public Release: 11-Nov-2015
SC15 Titan takes on the big one
A team led by Thomas Jordan of the Southern California Earthquake Center, headquartered at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, is using the Titan supercomputer to develop physics-based earthquake simulations to better understand earthquake systems, including the potential seismic hazards from known faults and the impact of strong ground motions on urban areas.
US Deparment of Energy, Advanced Scientific Computing Research
Public Release: 10-Nov-2015 Department of Energy's ESnet and NERSC blaze 400G production network path
The Department of Energy's Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have built a 400 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) super-channel, the first-ever 400G production link to be deployed by a national research and education network.
Public Release: 3-Nov-2015 ALCF helps tackle the Large Hadron Collider's big data challenge
To help tackle the considerable challenge of interpreting data, researchers from the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory are demonstrating the potential of simulating collision events with Mira, a 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility.
Public Release: 2-Nov-2015 Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, November 2015
New tool developed for inspecting concrete at nuclear power plants; ORNL motor features 3-D printed metallic parts; ORNL technique combines intuition, computational strengths; Trane, ORNL combine to boost rooftop A/C efficiency 20 percent; Titan delivering unprecedented climate modeling; ORNL announces JUMP program to stimulate innovation; Bioenergy researchers closer to defeating lignin.
Public Release: 2-Nov-2015
Nature Physics Calcium-48's 'neutron skin' thinner than previously thought
An international team led by Gaute Hagen of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used America's most powerful supercomputer, Titan, to compute the neutron distribution and related observables of calcium-48, an isotope with an atomic nucleus consisting of 20 protons and 28 neutrons. Computing the nucleus from first principles revealed that the difference between the radii of neutron and proton distributions (called the 'neutron skin') is considerably smaller than previously thought.
US Department of Energy Office of Science, National Science Foundation, European Research Council, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, Government of Canada, Government of Italy, Government of Norway, Government of Sweden
Public Release: 30-Oct-2015 Test bed advances Washington state as hotbed of energy innovation
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington State University and the University of Washington are teaming develop and test transaction-based controls where buildings and equipment 'speak' to each other to better manage energy use to save energy, money and be responsive to the needs of the power grid.
US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Buildings Technology Office, DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Washington State Department of Commerce
Public Release: 27-Oct-2015 'Little Box Challenge' inverters arrive at NREL
Today, 18 finalist teams for the Little Box Challenge, presented by Google and the IEEE Power Electronics Society, converged at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to have their power inverters tested as part of a $1 million competition to build smaller devices for use in solar power systems.
Public Release: 14-Oct-2015
SC15 Flowing toward red blood cell breakthroughs
A team led by Brown's George Karniadakis is using the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility to simulate hundreds of millions of red blood cells in an attempt to develop better drug delivery methods and predictors to fight against tumor formation and sickle cell anemia.
US Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health
Public Release: 13-Oct-2015 Berkeley Lab's Yelick lauded for advances in programmability of HPC systems
ACM and IEEE Computer Society have named Katherine Yelick as the recipient of the 2015 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for innovative research contributions to parallel computing languages that have been used in both the research community and in production environments. She was also cited for her strategic leadership of the national research laboratories and for developing novel educational and mentoring tools.
Public Release: 23-Sep-2015 ORNL integrated energy demo connects 3-D printed building, vehicle
A research demonstration unveiled today at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory combines clean energy technologies into a 3-D printed building and vehicle to showcase a new approach to energy use, storage and consumption.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.