ORNL Media Highlights: Dec. 1-6, 2017


ITER fusion project reaches 50 percent completion

The ITER Organization has announced reaching the 50 percent completion mark on the path toward First Plasma in 2025. A press release and associated collateral materials are available at:

https://www.iter.org/worldsmostcomplexmachine50percentcomplete. Reuters, the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, ABC News, U.S. News & World Report and the Seattle Times have published recent stories. Related U.S. news articles, as of Dec 6, include:


Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclearpower-fusion-project/iter-nuclear-fusion-project-faces-delay-over-trump-budget-cuts-idUSKBN1E01RT

The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/12/06/world/asia/ap-nuclear-fusion.html?_r=0

The Washington Posthttps://www.washingtonpost.com/6563d6ae-daa7-11e7-a241-0848315642d0_story.html?utm_term=.b0fdedb5a2e3

Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/fusion-energy-iter-reactor-50-percent-complete-735266
ABC News: 
US News & World Report: https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2017-12-06/nuclear-fusion-project-hails-halfway-construction-milestone
Seattle Times: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/nuclear-fusion-project-hails-halfway-construction-milestone/


Chattanooga renaissance fund completes 2nd successful investment with sale of startup

The Chattanooga Times Free Press published this story updating the progress of the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, which was started in 2010 to help provide capital for new businesses in the Chattanooga area – some of which have technology and other partnership agreements with ORNL.

Dec. 1



Nanoscience students find opportunities for internships, jobs on visit to Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Augusta Free Press of Waynesboro, Va., published this story about 24 students majoring in Virginia Tech’s nanoscience degree program visiting the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at ORNL as they met scientists to explore opportunities for future internships and careers.

Dec. 4



Oak Ridge improving disaster response plans

WATE-TV, Knoxville’s ABC affiliate, aired this story about a meeting of fire chiefs from ORNL, Y-12, ETTP, the city of Oak Ridge and other surrounding communities to discuss how the DOE-related fire departments and other safety-related agencies could assist the communities in case of a large-scale emergency.

Dec. 6



A greener way to get lithium? Sorbent could extract the battery material from geothermal power plant brine

Chemical and Engineering News reported on ORNL research into an improved sorbent that could offer an environmentally friendly way to get lithium from brine produced by geothermal power plants.

Dec. 6