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DOE and Intel to Build First Exascale Supercomputer

Intel Corporation and DOE will build the first supercomputer with a performance of one exaFLOP in the United States. The system being developed at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, named “Aurora”, will be used to dramatically advance scientific research and discovery. The contract is valued at over $500 million and will be delivered to Argonne National Laboratory by Intel and sub-contractor Cray Computing in 2021.

X-energy Invited to Submit Part II for DOE Loan Guarantee Application

X-energy has been invited to submit a Part II loan guarantee application by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO). The invitation for the Part II application continues the company's quest to secure funding for the construction of the TRISO-X Fuel Fabrication Facility; a first-of-a-kind cross-cutting U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)-licensed high assay low enriched uranium (HALEU)-based fuel facility.

ETTP’s Longest Operating Facility Demolished in Oak Ridge

Workers recently completed demolition on Building K-1414, a garage that was the longest operating facility at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP).The structure was built in 1949 and operated until early 2018—long after the site’s uranium enrichment operations ceased in the mid-1980s. The building covered more than 12,000 square feet and served as the maintenance hub and fueling station for vehicles used to support the site’s enrichment, and later, cleanup missions.

3-D Printing Shapes Building Industry, Creates Rapid Construction Potential

A residential and commercial tower under development in Brooklyn that is changing the New York City skyline has its roots in research at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The tower's white precast concrete façade rising from the waterfront site of the former Domino Sugar Factory evokes the form of a sugar crystal – a pattern created from 3D printed molds produced at DOE's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL.

McNally Appoints Ex-Clinton City Manager to State Board

Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) today announced the appointment of James S. “Steve” Jones to the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. “Steve Jones is an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman. An accomplished businessman and military veteran, I know he will make positive contributions to the commission. I am pleased to appoint him and grateful he has agreed to serve.” An East Tennessee native, Steve grew up on his family’s farm in Clinton, Tennessee. A United States Air Force veteran, Steve is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and received his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

House Majority Leader Hoyer Proposes Restoring Earmarks

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told a select committee on Tuesday that he would restore the use of earmarks so that members of Congress have “a greater say in directing spending toward critical public projects in their communities.”“Earmarks … can be great instruments of good when done in a way that is fully transparent and accountable,” Hoyer told the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.“Eliminating them altogether, which was a winning talking point but a misguided policy, has had the effect of taking Congress out of key funding decisions,” he continued. “No executive branch official knows a district and its needs better than that district’s Representative.  “I believe it is time to bring earmarks back,” Hoyer said.

NuScale officials: Small modular reactor plant slated for desert site will be a ‘worldwide showcase’

Since the 1940s, the Idaho National Laboratory has played a central role in the country’s nuclear power industry.A plan to build the nation’s first small modular reactor plant at the desert site west of Idaho Falls could put eastern Idaho on the map on a global scale, according to NuScale Power, the creators of the technology.The plant, called the Carbon Free Power Project, will be the first of its kind in the nation.The project is going through the federal permitting process now, and construction could start in the next few years.

Small-Town Company Gets Ready for the Big League

It may seem like a long road from soothing a patient to smoothing concrete, but it’s a transition that former nurse Cindy Hatfield has made successfully. Her company, Hatfield Construction, LLC is poised to obtain more tools for success through a mentor-protégé agreement with Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC.

Two ORNL Technologies Win Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards

Two technologies from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received national Excellence in Technology Transfer awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer: “Qrypt Licensing of Quantum Random Number Generator from ORNL” and “Strategic Licensing of the LandScan/LandCast Population Datasets.” ORNL received two of the six FLC awards given to DOE national labs recognizing the successful transfer of federal laboratory technologies to the marketplace.

Waste Management Panel Ponders Finding and Keeping Next Generation Professionals

The waste management industry faces a big challenge in becoming “Millennial-friendly,” as it grapples with how to attract and keep its next generation of cleanup professionals, according to a panel at the 2019 Waste Management Symposia. Compared to the Baby Boomers, the way millennials communicate, buy things, and find out what’s going on around the world has changed, and so has how they work, according to Katie Warner, Jacobs North American Nuclear Stakeholder Interface Manager.