Latest United States Department of Energy National Laboratories Stories

Nuclear Operators, Industry Helped With Virtual Control Room
2013-08-08 13:23:23

DOE/Idaho National Laboratory Modernizing nuclear power plants to help extend their operating lifetimes is no small task. But the endeavor offers an opportunity to improve control-room design and layout. The Department of Energy's new Human System Simulation Laboratory (HSSL) at Idaho National Laboratory is a full-scale virtual nuclear control room that can test the safety and reliability of proposed technology replacements before they are implemented in commercial nuclear control...

One Chemical, Two Colors Of Crystals, Sheds Insight On Agostic Bonds Important In Industrial Catalysis
2013-08-04 07:48:34

DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemists have unexpectedly made two differently colored crystals -- one orange, the other blue -- from one chemical in the same flask while studying a special kind of molecular connection called an agostic bond. The discovery, reported in Angewandte Chemie International Edition on July 29, is providing new insights into important industrial chemical reactions such as those that occur while making plastics and fuels. "We were studying agostic...

Solar Energy Research Breakthrough Made By Lawrence Livermore Engineering Team
2013-07-30 12:39:18

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory The use of plasmonic black metals could someday provide a pathway to more efficient photovoltaics (PV) -- the use of solar panels containing photovoltaic solar cells -- to improve solar energy harvesting, according to researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The LLNL Materials Engineering Division (MED) research team has made breakthroughs experimenting with black metals. These nanostructured metals are designed to have low...

Speed Limit Set For Fastest Electrical Switch
2013-07-29 08:45:07

DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have clocked the fastest-possible electrical switching in magnetite, a naturally magnetic mineral. Their results could drive innovations in the tiny transistors that control the flow of electricity across silicon chips, enabling faster, more powerful computing devices. Scientists using SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser found that it...

Fermilab Receives “Rock Star” Electromagnet
2013-07-28 08:41:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The 50-foot-wide, 15-ton electromagnet, which became a national sensation during its move from New York to the Chicago area, has reached its final destination at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), according to various media reports. The massive magnet, which will be used by Fermilab officials to study lightning-quick particles, traveled more than 3,000 miles over land and sea and received "a rock star's...

2013-07-24 23:26:59

Business Day hosted and narrated by Terry Bradshaw, a former quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL) and inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, espouses the benefits of the Digi-RTU developed by Bes-Tech, Inc. The Digi-RTU integrates with the existing economizer, modulates the supply fan, modulates the compressor speed, and regulates the indoor air CO2 level. Omaha, NE (PRWEB) July 24, 2013 Business Day hosted and narrated by Terry Bradshaw, a...

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