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New feedback system could allow greater control over fusion plasma

(DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) A physicist has created a new system that will let scientists control the energy and rotation of plasma in real time in a doughnut-shaped machine known as a tokamak.

Nuclear researchers seek to extend nuclear fuel life and efficiency through improved fuel pellets

Researchers with the Fuel Cycles and Materials Laboratory within the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University are working to make big impacts on energy efficiency with small materials level changes. The group is creating...Show More Summary

Dan Sinars represents Sandia in first energy leadership class

(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) Dan Sinars, a senior manager in Sandia National Laboratories' pulsed power center, which built and operates the Z facility, is the sole representative from a nuclear weapons lab in a Department of Energy leadership program that recently visited Sandia.

ORNL, HTS International Corporation to collaborate on manufacturing research

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) HTS International Corporation and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed an agreement to explore potential collaborations in advanced manufacturing research.

Discovery in new material raises questions about theoretical models of superconductivity

(DOE/Ames Laboratory) The US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has successfully created the first pure, single-crystal sample of a new iron arsenide superconductor, CaKFe4As4, and studies of this material have called into question some long-standing theoretical models of superconductivity.

High-precision calculations on supercomputers help reveal the physics of the universe

On their quest to uncover what the universe is made of, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are harnessing the power of supercomputers to make predictions about particle interactions that are more precise than ever before.

Soils could release much more carbon than expected as climate warms

Soils could release much more CO2 than expected into the atmosphere as the climate warms, according to new research by scientists from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

The Next Big Battery Advances to Watch From Argonne National Lab

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory helped kick off the modern energy storage race with their diligent experimentation on lithium-ion batteries. Their patents have ended up in the Chevy Volt and contributed to stationary storage for buildings and the grid. Show More Summary

New materials could turn water into the fuel of the future

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have—in just two years—nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels.

Imaging the inner workings of a sodium-metal sulfide battery for first time

Sometimes understanding how a problem arises in the first place is key to finding its solution. For a team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, taking this approach led them to the cause of degraded performance in an operating sodium-ion battery.

How a mineral found in Martian meteorites may provide clues to ancient abundance of water

Mars may have been a wetter place than previously thought, according to research on simulated Martian meteorites conducted, in part, at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

Scientists discover magnetic 'persuasion' in neighboring metals

Like a group of undecided voters, certain materials can be swayed by their neighbors to become magnetic, according to a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2017

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) ORNL's rapid prototyping supports small business manufacturing; ORNL chemists' accelerated membrane-based gas separation method could ultimately separate carbon dioxide from flue gases at power plants;...Show More Summary

Automated measurement system enhances quality, reduces handling in Pu-238 production

Under a collaborative partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), a new automated measurement system developed at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will ensure quality production of plutonium-238 while reducing handling by workers. 

Researchers coax particles to form vortices using magnetic fields

In a new study published last week in Science Advances, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory created tiny swirling vortices out of magnetic particles, providing insight into the behavior that governs such systems—which opens up new opportunities for materials and devices with new properties.

TODAY’S STUDY: What Utility Bill Demand Charges Are And What They Do

Exploring Demand Charge Savings from Residential Solar Naïm Darghouth, Galen Barbose, Andrew Mills, Ryan Wiser, Pieter Gagnon, Lori Bird, January 2017 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Overview This...Show More Summary

Cathode material with high energy density for all-solid lithium-ion batteries

FDK Corporation and Fujitsu Laboratories today announced that they have jointly developed lithium cobalt pyrophosphate (Li2CoP2O7), which has high energy density, for the cathode material of all-solid lithium-ion batteries ("all-solid-state batteries"). Show More Summary

Breakthrough wireless sensing system attracts industry and government agency interest

Less than two years since its release, interest and demand for Waggle, a wireless environmental sensing platform created at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, is flourishing among research groups, industry and government entities, its creators say.

Advanced fusion code selected to participate in Early Science Programs on three new DOE pre-exascale supercomputers

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) high-performance computer sites have selected a dynamic fusion code, led by physicist C.S. Chang of the DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), for optimization on three powerful new supercomputers. Show More Summary

Energy work brings Sandia Labs two national technology transfer awards

(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) A heat exchanger that makes power generation more efficient and a microgrid for the New Jersey Transit Corp. brought Sandia Labs national technology transfer awards.

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