Tag Archives: Department of Energy

Eight Execs Join DOE’s Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

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Eight executives have been named members of the Department of Energy's Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. The appointees will provide recommendations and advice to Secretary Rick Perry on nuclear security enterprise, national security, regulatory concerns and energy security as part of their new roles, DOE said Wednesday.

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DOE Opens Battery Material Recycling Hub; Daniel Simmons Quoted

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The Department of Energy established a facility at the Argonne National Laboratory to reuse cobalt and lithium materials from discarded lithium-ion battery products. DOE said Friday that it opened the Battery Recycling Center hoping to recover at least 90 percent of usable battery components and develop new technology out of the materials.

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NNSA Approves $1B Subcritical Nuclear Testing Project

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The Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration has approved a $1.1B concept design for the Advanced Sources and Detectors program involving subcritical experiments to maintain the nation’s nuclear deterrent, DOE said Thursday. The ASD project will support the U.S. stockpile stewardship program and revolve around generating high-speed and high-fidelity images of subcritical experiments that don’t produce nuclear yield.

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DOE Launching $66M Grant Program for Bioenergy Research

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The Department of Energy plans to launch a three-year, $66M grant program for research on plants and microbes to find potential sources of bioenergy and bioproducts and to understand growth of potential bioenergy crops. The agency said Tuesday that it will provide $30M to support research projects focusing on gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts.

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TMF Loan to Help DOE Move Emails to the Cloud

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Max Everett, chief information officer at the Department of Energy, has said the department will be moving email systems to the cloud with a $15M loan from the Technology Modernization Fund Board, Federal News Network reported Friday. In late 2018, DOE received an initial $4M from TMF to start the cloud migration and has moved nearly 6,000 email accounts to the platform. The department operates 64 email systems that support over 184,000 mailboxes.

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DOE Funding Data Science Projects for Chemistry, Materials Science Applications

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The Department of Energy is investing $30M to fund research on data science applications in the chemistry and materials science areas. The effort, under the department's Basic Energy Sciences program, is seeking projects that apply data science to uncover mechanisms behind the chemical and material aspects of energy, DOE said Friday

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DOE Invests in Turbine Technology R&D Projects

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The Department of Energy has allotted $28M to fund a new research program on turbine technologies for marine or floating vehicles. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy leads the Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control or ATLANTIS program that aims to leverage control co-design discipline for turbine development, DOE said.

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NNSA Starts Producing W76-2 Submarine-Launched Nuclear Weapons

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The National Nuclear Security Administration has confirmed that the Department of Energy commenced production of the W76-2 nuclear weapon at NNSA’s Pantex Plant in the Texas Panhandle, NPR reported Monday. Hans Kristensen, director of the nuclear information project at the Federation of American Scientists, said the W76-2 is a variant of the U.S. Navy’s submarine launched W76-1 weapon which has a yield of nearly 100 kilotons.

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DOE Allots $40M for Grid Modernization Projects

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The Department of Energy is investing $40M in fiscal 2019 funds supporting the efforts to modernize the nation's energy grid. Funds under the Grid Modernization Initiative would finance government and industry development projects for applications designed to measure, analyze, forecast on, secure and manage the grid, DOE said Thursday.

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DOE NNSA Allots $50M for Academia-Led Nonproliferation R&D

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The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration is investing $50M in grants supporting research and development efforts on nonproliferation over the next five years. NNSA said Thursday it will provide $5M per year to two university research consortia to integrate academic studies with National Laboratory applications in nuclear science and security.

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