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NNSA OKs Full-Scale Operations at Pantex Plant’s New Pressing Facility

The National Nuclear Security Administration has allowed Pantex Plant’s High Explosives Pressing Facility to proceed with full-scale operations after a series of readiness assessments. The Texas-based facility would replace the nuclear weapons plant's aging machining and pressing equipment, and consolidate operations to lessen the motion of explosives across the plant, the Department of Energy said Thursday.

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DOE Allots $89M for Manufacturing Technology R&D Projects

The Department of Energy is investing $89 million in research and development projects across three manufacturing-related topics. DOE said Tuesday that it aims to boost the country's global competitiveness in the manufacturing sector via technologies that reduce energy consumption in industrial processes. The department will select up to 55 recipients, with awards covering a maximum of three years. 

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NNSA Sets Strategies to Modernize, Secure US Nuclear Security Enterprise

The National Nuclear Security Administration issued three strategic documents providing information on how the agency and its partners can form an integrated approach to modernize the U.S. nuclear security enterprise to address emerging threats. “We are at our highest level of activity since the Cold War, and these three documents will ensure that our enterprise of some 44,000 employees has a common vision and an integrated approach to strengthening the nation’s nuclear security,” Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, under secretary for nuclear security and NNSA administrator, said in a statement Monday

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Adrienne Lotto, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of CESER for the DOE, Announced as Keynote Speaker for Potomac Officers Club’s 2019 Cybersecurity Summit

Adrienne Lotto, acting principal deputy assistant secretary to the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER) for the U.S. Department of Energy, will be featured as a keynote speaker during Potomac Officers Club’s 2019 Cybersecurity Summit on May 8th. 

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DOE Introduces $79M Bioenergy R&D Funding Opportunity

The Department of Energy plans to award $79 million in grants to support research and development efforts for bioenergy sources. DOE said Friday that the department aims to use the funding opportunity to provide consumers low-cost and efficient domestic energy options including bioproducts and biofuels. Some of the topics under the funding program include the optimization of biomass-derived jet fuel mixtures, rapid bioprocessing and the reduction of water and energy emissions.

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Sandia Nat’l Labs Developing AI Capabilities for Hypersonic Vehicles

The Department of Energy's Sandia National Labs is working to integrate automated technology into hypersonic vehicles to support flight and mission planning and improve aircraft survivability, National Defense reported Thursday. Alex Roesler, deputy director of Sandia's integrated military systems center, said that automating mission and flight planning for hypersonic aircraft would accelerate testing operations that normally require extensive expert input and take weeks to plan during the U.S. Army’s Mad Scientist event in Texas.

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Michael Griffin: DoD Labs Must Work, Collaborate to Support Warfighters

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, highlighted the mission of the Department of Defense's organic laboratories during DoD Lab Day. He said that laboratory engineers must work with a balance between speed, diligence and quality to boost the military's lethality and protection, DoD said Thursday

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NIST Unveils Maryland Solar Panel Array

The National Institute of Standards and Technology inaugurated a large solar energy array during the agency's celebration of Earth Day. The array consists of 15,000 panels and is built to provide over 8 million killowatt-hours of energy in the agency's facility in Gaithersburg, Md., NIST said Monday. The agency noted that the array will mitigate the release of approximately 6,200 metric tons of annual carbon emissions based from a formula created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, the array will potentially help NIST save $3.5 million in expenses for the next two decades.

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DOE Announces Planned Investment in Dark Matter Research

The Department of Energy plans to invest $24 million in projects aiming to study dark matter in theoretical and technological aspects. DOE said Thursday that it will let grant recipients leverage DOE-supported facilities and technologies to pursue projects. Such technologies include particle accelerators and detectors at national laboratories.

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DOE Allots Funds for AI Research Projects

The Department of Energy is investing $20 million in research and development projects to apply artificial intelligence to energy science and grid management. DOE said Wednesday. Eight projects have been identified that would receive a combined amount of almost $7 million to study on AI, big data and machine learning applications in grid resiliency. These projects are funded under DOE's Office of Electricity.

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