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NASA Concept for Generating Power in Deep Space a Little KRUSTY

Prospects of establishing a permanent human presence on the Moon have taken a step forward with the test of a system known as Kilopower, a lightweight fission reactor which could provide ten kilowatts of power for at least a decade. Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling TechnologY (KRUSTY)—was developed by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Last week, the team won a Gears of Government President’s Award for their achievement. Marc Gibson of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland is one member of the team, and he explained how the system works.

Crews Demolish Largest Standing Structure at Oak Ridge’s ETTP

Cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) gained headway with the completion of demolition of the K-1037 Building recently — the largest and one of the most challenging facilities still standing there. Watch a video of the demolition here. Crews began tearing down the building in February and safely completed the project almost four months ahead of schedule. Built in 1945, the structure grew through the years with additions that brought its square footage to approximately 380,000 square feet. As one of the earliest structures at the site, K-1037 was originally a warehouse, but it was later used to produce barrier material used in the gaseous diffusion process until 1982.

Offsite Fabrication Facility to Support UPF Construction

Construction has begun on the Offsite Fabrication Facility located at the East TN Technology Park. This 100,000-square-foot facility will serve as the primary fabrication area during the construction of the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF). The Offsite Fabrication Facility will be equipped with common fabrication equipment like shears and drill presses, and include fully-outfitted welding booths, grinding booths, a paint booth, and mobile gantry cranes.

Oak Ridge Workers Recover Mercury, Prevent Future Release

Crews recently recovered more than a ton of mercury from an aging facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex, marking another EM project that has prevented a release of the element into the environment. EM teams successfully removed the mercury from tanks in the Column Exchange (COLEX) equipment on the east side of Y-12’s Alpha-4 building. Last year, cleanup contractor UCOR collected nearly 3.5 tons of mercury from COLEX equipment on the building’s west side. The latest effort boosted EM's total mercury removal in the facility to more than 4.6 tons.

Hanford Could be Resting Place for Vessel’s Nuclear Reactors

The Navy is taking a second look at whether to send nuclear reactor compartments from the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to Hanford for disposal. In 2012, the Department of Defense found no issues that would prevent the defueled reactor compartments of the U.S. Navy's USS Enterprise from being disposed of at the Hanford nuclear reservation. But a new study is being launched after the Navy identified commercial disposal alternatives, which might cut costs.

AECOM Announces Intent to Spin Off its Industry-Leading Government Services Business

AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to pursue a spin-off of the Company’s Management Services segment into a leading, standalone government services company. The transaction is currently expected to be completed in the second half of fiscal 2020.

IIA Technologies Combines with KeyLogic Systems

IIA Technologies Corp, a provider of advanced data analytics, intelligent digital solutions, S&T and enterprise data management for federal agencies charged with our nation's security, energy assurance, and economic competitiveness has announced the acquisition of KeyLogic Systems.  KeyLogic has a 20-year portfolio of successes in supporting DOE, DOD, EPA, FBI, NASA and other federal agencies challenged with complex S&T and Big Data management and analytics requirements.  KeyLogic provides R&D technology management, BI data analysis, and visualization, software and system engineering, cloud implementation, and biometrics solutions.

Someday the U.S. Will Have to Actually Deal With Its Nuclear Waste Problem

Of all the things in the world to worry about, nuclear waste management is not at the top of most people’s lists. We trust (or hope, at least) that expert scientists and policymakers will make good decisions about how to make sure radioactive byproducts stay far, far away from us, by whatever means possible. But, many of those experts say, we’re going to need to figure out a new way to manage our country’s nuclear waste—and soon. To that end, the Department of Energy announced Wednesday that they are reclassifying the definition of “high-level,” or highly radioactive, waste stored in underground tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, the Savannah River Plant in South Carolina, and the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls. The DOE hopes that the redefinition will expedite cleanup of the waste.

ORNL Welcomes Seven New Research Fellows to Innovation Crossroads

Oak Ridge National Laboratory today welcomed seven technology innovators to join the third cohort of Innovation Crossroads, the Southeast’s only entrepreneurial research and development program based at a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) joined Innovation Crossroads as a program sponsor enabling a record number of innovators focused on energy-related and grid topics. Innovation Crossroads is also sponsored by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO).

Tom Rogers Outlines Vision, Ideas for the UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm

Tom Rogers has a two-fold vision for the University of Tennessee’s (UT) Research Park at Cherokee Farm. When we sat down with him for an interview just days away from taking over full-time responsibility for the highly visible 177-acre site, the long-time player in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge economic and entrepreneurial development community was clearly pumped-up about his new role. Since March 1, Rogers had been doing part-time double duty, finishing-up his role as Director of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and assuming the role of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cherokee Farm Development Corporation.