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Scientists discover clue in the case of the missing silver

January 3, 2014 9:59 am | by Shannon Palus, Idaho National Laboratory | News | Comments

Tristructural-isotopic (TRISO) fuel particles are viewed as a safer, more efficient next-generation nuclear fuel. A jawbreaker-like combination of different layers act to contain radioactive byproducts within the fuel. However, sometimes the silver bits inside break loose and get out. Researchers working at Idaho National Laboratory have recently discovered where this silver is going, and hope to learn why.

Cleaner Drinking Water

August 28, 2013 11:08 am | Award Winners

The availability of fresh, clean water remains a significant challenge as the world’s population...

Virtual control room helps nuclear operators, industry

August 8, 2013 11:37 am | News | Comments

A new facility at Idaho National Laboratory is helping nuclear power plant operators...

Biofuels blend right in

January 30, 2013 1:55 pm | News | Comments

A collaboration by researchers with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and the Idaho National...

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New software tool helps utilities monitor for network security

October 9, 2012 9:35 am | News | Comments

Named for the Greek word for wisdom, Sophia is a software sentry developed at Idaho National Laboratory that can passively monitor communication pathways in a static computer network and flag new types of conversations so operators can decide if a threat is present. It is the first such cybersecurity technology for SCADA control system network administrators that is being evaluated for deployment to industry.

Eight national labs streamline partnership agreements

February 27, 2012 5:43 pm | News | Comments

Intended to help cut red tape for business and startups wanting to do business with the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s research laboratories, the new Agreements for Commercializing Technology (ACT) program was recently launched as a third alternative to the two preceding options: signing a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) or a Work For Others (WFO) Agreement.

Reliable nuclear device to heat, power Mars Science Laboratory

November 22, 2011 2:42 am | News | Comments

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission has the potential to be the most productive Mars surface mission in history. That's due in part to its nuclear heat and power source. When the rover Curiosity heads to space, it will carry the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator, the latest "space battery" that can reliably power a deep space mission for many years.

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DOE captures fugitives to reduce its carbon emissions

November 16, 2011 10:00 am | News | Comments

In terms of emissions, just one pound of sulfur hexafluoride, a nontoxic gas used in electric insulation, is equivalent to about 11 tons of carbon dioxide. Energy Department experts are hunting down this and other fugitive carbon emissions and have already prevented the release of 600,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent.

The true nature of batteries

August 14, 2011 8:00 pm | Award Winners

A battery test invention from Idaho National Laboratory called the Impedance Measurement Box (IMB) provides two key but previously ignored metrics regarding battery performance: pulse resistance and power capability.

Gelatin offers key to contamination clean up

August 14, 2011 8:00 pm | Award Winners

Using the properties of foods like Jell-O, researchers have developed an effective, patented chemical-foam-clay decontamination process called Rad-Release Chemical Decontamination Technology. The two-part process attaches to vertical surfaces and can be tailored to specific radiological and metal contaminants.

Hydraulic shuttle revamps experiments at Advanced Test Reactor

August 12, 2011 9:08 am | by Julie Ulrich | News | Comments

Taking inspiration from a bank’s drive-up pneumatic canister transport system, engineers at Idaho National Laboratory have installed a new specimen shuttle system that dramatically improves the duration range of experiments.

Solar product captures up to 95% of light energy

May 17, 2011 4:25 am | News | Comments

Efficiency is a problem with today's solar panels; they only collect about 20% of available light. Now, a Univ. of Missouri engineer has developed a flexible solar sheet that captures more than 90% of available light, and he plans to make prototypes available to consumers within the next five years.

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Products from Government-sponsored Research

April 8, 2011 7:19 am | by Rita C. Peters | Articles | Comments

Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.) has recently commercialized its lithium-rich composite cathode technology for lithium-ion batteries with licenses to GM, Envia, Toda Kogyo, LG Chem, and BASF.

Research Insights

April 8, 2011 6:08 am | by Rita C. Peters | Articles | Comments

Government lab executives comment on pressing topics.

Fleet of nuclear-powered Mars Hoppers could bring back a piece of Mars

February 24, 2011 4:40 am | News | Comments

Scientists at Idaho National Lab’s Center for Space Nuclear Research have designed long-lived rocket-powered hoppers that could travel the Martian surface autonomously. Weighing about as much as a penguin, the hoppers don't have to carry fuel with them; they can suck up the carbon-dioxide-rich Martian atmosphere and use stored heat from a radioisotope power source to convert it to a propellant.

Biodiesel goes back to the future

August 11, 2010 12:40 pm | Award Winners

A new Supercritical/Solid Catalyst (SSC) Biodiesel Production Process from Idaho National Laboratory, produces high-quality (ASTM) biodiesel (B100) fuel from brown and black greases and other waste fats, oils, and greases; and does not require the input of acid or base catalysts.

Hunters transcend the laws of physics

August 11, 2010 5:56 am | Award Winners

Idaho National Laboratory's MicroSight—a solution to a centuries-old problem—at first defies logic: users can focus on both a target and its aiming reference simultaneously. The MicroSight does this by implementing phased zone plate technology.

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Taking the chaos out of nanoparticle production

July 30, 2009 6:16 am | Award Winners

Precision Nanoparticles was the result of serendipitous experimentation by a team of researchers at Idaho National Laboratory (Idaho Fall, Idaho) and Idaho State Univ. where the team was attempting a traditional nanoparticle production method in which a supercritical fluid is used as a solvent to dissolve the source material.

System concentrates water for quality testing

July 30, 2009 5:52 am | Award Winners

The Water Sample Concentrator (WSC) developed by Idaho National Laboratory (Idaho Falls, Idaho) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Cincinnati, Ohio) fills a critical need for water quality sampling methods that non-specialists can use to monitor water resources.

Getting gas to more places for less

August 31, 2006 8:00 pm | Award Winners

Researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory (Idaho Falls, Idaho) have developed a new LNG-based technology dubbed The Compact High Efficiency Natural Gas Liquefier. This technology does not require as large a production facility, therefore is less expensive to build and operate and produces a lower cost product than existing commercial approaches, including large-scale, centralized processing plants.

Cleaner water through nanotech

August 31, 2006 8:00 pm | Award Winners

Responding to the need for safer drinking water the world over, chemical engineers Troy Tranter, Terry Todd, and Scott Herbst, and scientist Nicholas Mann, at Idaho National Laboratory have created a long-lasting, high-capacity nanocomposite polymer particle engineered to remove harmful arsenic concentrations from water. Nano-Composite Arsenic Sorbent (N-CAS) is seven times more effective at removing arsenic from water than currently available technologies and is well-suited for industrial use.

Images from the front line

August 31, 2005 8:00 pm | Award Winners

Researchers from Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho, developed The Visual First Responder Wireless Video (VFR), a portable, lightweight, wireless video camera/transmitter and receiver system that allows emergency responders to send high quality video from terrorism, accident or disaster sites to a remote command post, up to five miles away.

Eliminating threats to groundwater reserves

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Award Winners

Researchers at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), Idaho Falls, have found a way to measure the amounts of contamination inside waste areas without harm to the surface or to equipment. The INEEL Geologic and Environmental Probe System (GEOPS) allows direct characterization and monitoring within or below hazardous waste sites.

Better way to test bonds

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | Award Winners

In a technological leap, the Micro Laser Ultrasonic Bond Detection System replaces manual pulling and shearing techniques of microelectronic bond testing with the use of lasers. Better bond integrity could lead to longer-life pacemakers, sturdier cell phones and oil rigs, and fewer space station repairs.

Stronger, finer grained steel

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | Award Winners

John Flinn of Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, has developed STAINLESS STEEL PLUS (SSP), a fine-grained stainless steel powder that provides breakthroughs in its thermal, mechanical, and corrosion properties at a significant price-performance advantage versus competing products.

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