Alexander: Research At 17 National Laboratories Is Nation’s Secret Weapon

Source: The Chattanoogan | June 21, 2017

Senator Lamar Alexander Wednesday said in a hearing on the president’s fiscal year 2018 budget request for the United States Department of Energy, that supporting government-sponsored research is one of the most important investments our country can make to encourage innovation, help our free enterprise system create good-paying […]

LeMond Composites Signs Global Exclusive Licensing Agreement with Deakin University to Revolutionize Carbon Fiber Production

LeMond Composites has entered into a global, exclusive 20-year licensing agreement with Deakin University in Australia to commercialize their patent pending manufacturing process to increase production of high performance, low-cost carbon fiber. The licensed process will enable LeMond Composites to commercialize carbon fiber production faster than anyone else currently in the marketplace. This means LeMond will deliver more of its low-cost carbon fiber, faster to industries that  benefit from using lighter, stronger materials, like those addressing global energy and transportation challenges.

Energy Research Deserves Same Attention from Congress as Medical Research

Senator Lamar Alexander said on Tuesday at an event hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s American Energy Innovation Council that last year Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act to unleash medical innovation, and “energy research deserves the same attention and has the same bipartisan potential.” “The 21st Century Cures Act is an important example of bipartisan action spurred in part by recommendations from outside organizations like the Bipartisan Policy Center, and despite the divisiveness of the presidential election, Congress was able to come together and pass legislation that will help virtually every American family,” said Alexander.

U.S. No Longer Has One of the Top Three Fastest Supercomputers

As America’s grasp on the world of supercomputing continues to slip, the Department of Energy is seeking to reinvigorate the nation’s capabilities. A new ranking shows that for the second year running, the world’s fastest supercomputer is TaihuLight, housed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, China. Capable of performing 93 quadrillion calculations per second, it’s almost three times faster than the second-place Tianhe-2. And in third spot this year is a newly upgraded device, called Piz Dain, at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, which recently had its performance boosted by the addition of Nvidia GPUs.

Nuclear Power on the ‘Front Burner,’ says Energy Secretary Rick Perry

The Trump administration sees nuclear power as "a very important part" of an all-of-the-above energy strategy, Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday. "Bringing our nuclear energy industry back, small modular reactors for instance, that's on the front burner so to speak," he told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on the sidelines of the SelectUSA Investment Summit, which promotes investment in the U.S.

DOE Awards Contract for the OREM Technical Support Services Procurement

DOE announced the award of a contract to Professional Project Services, Inc. of Oak Ridge, TN for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) Technical Support Services (TSS) procurement. This contract is an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) from which Firm-Fixed-Price and Time-and-Materials task orders may be issued. The IDIQ contract contains a $20 thousand guaranteed minimum value of services and a $49 million maximum value of services, and has a five (5) year ordering period from the date of contract award. Six proposals were received in response to the solicitation.

Week ahead: Interior, Energy chiefs to defend Trump budget

Two members of President Trump's cabinet are heading to the Senate in the coming week to defend the administration's proposed environment and energy cuts. Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the Interior, will testify about the budget at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee hearing on Tuesday. Two days later, he'll speak on the matter before the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will testify on Trump's Department of Energy (DOE) spending plan before the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, and the Senate energy committee on Thursday. It will be his first testimony before Congress since he took office in February.

Oak Ridge-Based PSI Announces New Ownership

Protection Strategies, Inc. (PSI), headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, announced that former President and Chief Operating Officer, Sean P. Williams is now the majority owner and Chief Executive Officer of the company.  Bobby Beaty, who acquired ownership of the company in 2012, will remain a minority partner in the firm and acting in an Executive Advisory role while taking partial retirement.

DOE Releases Full Text of EM’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request

DOE  recently released the full text of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Congressional Budget Request of $6.5 billion for EM. This marks EM’s largest budget request in a decade, and provides the resources necessary to continue making safe, steady and significant progress in tackling the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. 

Alexander Proposes Using “Secret Weapon” To Combat Waste, Fraud And Abuse in Medicare, Medicaid Programs

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Thursday told HHS Secretary Tom Price that each year there are billions in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims, and supercomputers at our national laboratories can be used as a “secret weapon” in the effort to combat this waste, fraud and abuse.  “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is a $1.6 trillion operation – with $820 billion in claims each year,” said Senator Alexander.