WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of a broad effort to spur innovation and achieve clean energy breakthroughs, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today announced the selection of a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for an award of up to $122 million over five years to establish and operate a new Nuclear Energy Modeling and Simulation Energy Innovation Hub.
Major multidisciplinary, multi-investigator, multi-institutional integrated research centers, the Hubs are modeled after the forceful centralized scientific management characteristics of the Manhattan Project, Lincoln Lab at MIT that developed radar, and AT&T Bell Laboratories that developed the transistor.
Energy conversion "machines" that generate fuels directly from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide? This hub is accelerating our innovation in designing solar energy-to-fuel conversion systems with the required efficiency, scalability, and sustainability to be economically viable.
Catalysts (substances that speed up the rates of chemical reactions without themselves being chemically changed) are used to initiate virtually every industrial manufacturing process that involves chemistry. With the advent of nano-sized catalysts, metal and metal oxide catalysts have surged in importance.
Recently, researchers at the Department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) created bilayered nanocrystals of metal-oxide metal that are first to feature multiple catalytic sites on nanocrystals interfaces.
Undersecretary of Science Steven Koonin spoke yesterday to the newly reconstituted Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) -- a group of distinguished science and policy leaders who advise the Secretary and Department leadership -- where he focused on efforts to better focus Department of Energy’s technical talents on our energy challenges.