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SRNL News Room: Pre-2006 Archives

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2005 News Releases

SRNL Devices for Collecting Airborne Material Receive Patents

AIKEN, S.C. (Dec. 1, 2005) – Two devices developed by Savannah River National Laboratory researchers for collecting airborne particles, including chemical agents and microorganisms, have recently been issued patents. Both the Aerosol-to-Liquid Particle Extraction System (ALPES) and the Aerosol Contaminant Extractor (ACE), which collect particles so they can be analyzed, could have wide application in homeland security and law enforcement. MORE »

SRNL, Toyota to Collaborate on Hydrogen Technology

AIKEN, S.C. (Sept. 15, 2005) – Automaker Toyota has joined forces with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) to bring the nation a step closer to making hydrogen-fueled automobiles practical for widespread use. MORE »

SRNL Develops Device for Precise Cleaning Inside Tanks

AIKEN, S.C. (June 7, 2005) – Cleaning the inside of a storage tank or other type of vessel presents challenges, especially when access to the interior of the vessel is only possible through a small port a few inches in diameter. Those challenges are multiplied when the vessel has areas of contamination. Engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) have developed the Directed Spray Mast, a device that helps to overcome many of those challenges, precisely cleaning contaminated areas without generating unnecessary quantities of wastewater. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued Patent No. 6,889,920 on the device. MORE »

Savannah River National Laboratory Hydrogen Project Selected

AIKEN, S.C. (May 31, 2005) – The U.S. Department of Energy has selected a Savannah River National Laboratory research project on novel materials for hydrogen storage as part of their effort to make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and refueling stations available, practical and affordable for American consumers by 2020. Expected funding for the SRNL project is estimated at approximately one-half million dollars a year for the next three years. MORE »

Fingerprint Detection Device Receives Patent

AIKEN, S.C. (May 18, 2005) – An innovative tool developed by a researcher at the Savannah River National Laboratory to give law enforcement personnel a method for on-the-scene fingerprint detection has been issued a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. MORE »

SRNL Invention Named One of 25 Best

AIKEN, S.C. (March 30, 2005) – For the second year in a row, an invention from the Savannah River National Laboratory has been named one of the World's Best Technologies. The Plasma Screen Floating Mount, invented by Don Pak and Bob Eakle of SRNL, is one of the featured inventions at the World's Best Technologies for 2005 (WBT05) Showcase in Arlington, Texas, March 29-31. The mount allows large flat-panel display screens to be used in moving vehicles. MORE »

SRNL Atmospheric Technologies Group Plays Important Role in Graniteville Emergency Response

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (Jan. 6, 2005) – At 2:45 a.m. Thursday, January 6, the unimaginable and horrible happened. Two Norfolk Southern freight trains collided in Graniteville, S.C., spilling chlorine, cresol, and sodium hydroxide in the area. The chlorine release caused the greatest airborne concern due to the high volatility and toxicity of the vapors. Hundreds of public safety officials and local emergency responders flocked to the area to assist. MORE »

2004 News Releases

Researchers Study How the Earth Heals Itself

AIKEN, S.C. (Nov. 16, 2004) – Nature has many ways of cleansing itself of the contamination that resulted from human activity. Sometimes the best method of environmental cleanup is just to let nature do its work, or to provide a little "boost" for the earth's own tools. MORE »

Laboratory, Universities, Discuss Collaboration on Vital Research

AIKEN, S.C. (Oct. 15, 2004) – At the invitation of U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and South Carolina's research universities came together for the first time today to identify and enhance collaboration opportunities for addressing some of the nation's most important technology needs. The South Carolina Strategic Research Exchange was held at the Savannah River Site's SRNL and provided a first-ever structured forum in which the research institutions shared their respective expertise and unique capabilities and explored the best ways to work together. MORE »

Nuclear Production of Hydrogen Holds Promise for Energy Future

AIKEN, S.C. (Sept. 16, 2004) – Using hydrogen produced in a nuclear plant to fuel our cars would be a viable part of an overall future energy strategy for the nation, according to a study just published by the Savannah River National Laboratory. The study found that nuclear production of hydrogen holds considerable promise, both from a technological and an economic viewpoint, although its authors stress that considerable research and development is still needed to make hydrogen practical for wide-spread use to power homes, cars and industry. MORE »

Medical College of Georgia and Savannah River National Laboratory Sign Agreement to Combine Strengths, Multiply Results

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Aug. 18, 2004) – Today the CSRA's two premiere research institutions – the Medical College of Georgia and the Savannah River National Laboratory – signed a collaborative agreement that will allow them to combine their strengths and achieve results that would be out of the reach of either institution on its own. MORE »

SRNL Supports Energy Secretary Abraham's Science Education Initiative

AIKEN, S.C. (July 8, 2004) – The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Savannah River National Laboratory, the country's newest national lab, is aiding in the U.S. Department of Energy's new initiative to promote science education and help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers. MORE »

SRNL Engineers Craft Robot to Disarm Improvised Explosive Devices

AIKEN, S.C. (June 15, 2004) – Two prototype bomb disposal robots developed by the Savannah River National Laboratory are being deployed for military use in Iraq. MORE »

Energy Secretary Abraham Certifies Savannah River Technology Center as New Department of Energy National Laboratory

AIKEN, S.C. (May 7, 2004) – Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham today certified the Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC), located at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Savannah River Site, as the Savannah River National Laboratory. MORE »

SRTC Device Searches for Signs of Life

AIKEN, S.C. (Apr. 13, 2004) – The quest for signs of life on Mars is taking place in a remote desert in northern Chile. MORE »

Wilhite Receives Prestigious Don Orth Award

AIKEN, S.C. (Mar. 17, 2004) – The Savannah River Site recently honored Elmer Wilhite, a chemist with the Savannah River Technology Center, with the Donald A. Orth Award of Merit for his longstanding research and leadership and pioneering work in low-level waste disposal. MORE »

Savannah River Technology Center Inventions Selected for World's Best Technologies Conference

AIKEN, S.C. (Feb. 17, 2004) – Two technologies developed at the Department of Energy's Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC) have been selected to be exhibited at the World's Best Technologies (WBT) 2004, which is a national event showcasing promising technologies developed at the nation's most advanced research facilities and top universities. MORE »

2003 News Releases

SRTC Wins R&D 100 Award

AIKEN, S.C. (July 2003) – Researchers at the Savannah River Technology Center have won a coveted R&D 100 Award, considered the Academy Awards of applied research and development. The R&D 100 Awards are presented each year by R&D Magazine to recognize the 100 most technologically significant developments of the year. ALPES is SRTC's fourth innovation to receive the prestigious R&D 100 Award. MORE »

2002 News Releases

SRS Labs Plan to Work Together in Environmental Microbiology

AIKEN, S.C. (Oct. 31, 2002) – The Savannah River Site's two research labs, the Savannah River Technology Center and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, are both well known for their work in environmental microbiology. In recent years, they have occasionally pursued joint projects, but the leadership of both labs knew that the labs and the site as a whole would benefit if they could make such collaborations easier. MORE »

Research Paves the Way for Hydrogen-Based Energy

AIKEN, S.C. (Oct. 2, 2002) – A team led by the Savannah River Technology Center is embarking on a study that could ultimately lead to the extensive use of hydrogen-based energy sources as an alternative to expensive and polluting fossil energy. The research will examine the technical and economic issues associated with a new and innovative approach that could be used to produce hydrogen: using the heat from a nuclear power reactor to break water down into hydrogen and oxygen. MORE »

Savannah River Labs to Study Potential Role of Pigment in Environmental Cleanup

AIKEN, S.C. (Aug. 22, 2002) – Two research laboratories at the Savannah River Site are undertaking a study to better understand how scientists can encourage certain bacteria to produce more of a type of melanin – a pigment similar to the one that makes humans' skin darker – which could then be used to clean up metals and radionuclides in the environment. MORE »

Radiation Chemistry Expert Receives SRS Orth Award

AIKEN, S.C. (May 9, 2002) – One of the nation's leading experts in radiation chemistry and the chemistry of nuclear waste has been named recipient of the Savannah River Site's 2002 Donald A. Orth Award of Merit. MORE »

Hydrogen Storage Experts Map Pathway to Energy Security

AIKEN, S.C. (March 7, 2002) – Approximately 75 experts in fields related to hydrogen storage gathered in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina last week to assess the current status and potential of the various storage technologies and to begin planning a path forward toward a hydrogen economy. MORE »

USC, Westinghouse Savannah River Company Sign Hydrogen Technology Agreement

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 23, 2002) – The Westinghouse Savannah River Company and the University of South Carolina have signed an agreement to make South Carolina the nation's leader in hydrogen and fuel-cell technology. MORE »

2001 News Releases

New Laboratory Opens at Aiken County's Research Campus

AIKEN, S.C. (Dec. 5, 2001) – Attesting to the benefits of partnership and cooperation, representatives from Aiken County, U.S. Department of Energy and Westinghouse Savannah River Company joined today to officially open the Aiken County Technology Laboratory at the County's Savannah River Research Campus. This new lab building will provide laboratory facilities for approximately 50 employees of the Savannah River Technology Center, the Savannah River Site's applied research and development laboratory. MORE »

SRTC Wins R&D 100 Award

AIKEN, S.C. (Oct. 23, 2001) – Work performed in collaboration with researchers across the country has earned the Savannah River Technology Center a coveted R&D 100 Award, considered the Academy Awards of applied research and development. (SRTC is the Savannah River Site's applied research and development laboratory.) The R&D 100 Awards are presented each year by R&D Magazine to recognize the 100 most technologically significant developments of the year. MORE »

Savannah River Technology Center Assists in New York

AIKEN, S.C. (Sept. 20, 2001) – Late last week, the Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC) dispatched four employees with sophisticated, remotely operated equipment to assist with the search and rescue efforts in New York City. SRTC is the Savannah River Site's applied research and development laboratory. MORE »

SRS National Management Association Names Executive, Manager of the Year

AIKEN, S.C. (June 11, 2001) – Two Westinghouse Savannah River Company managers have been recognized by the Savannah River Site Chapter of the National Management Association for their leadership abilities. MORE »

Plutonium Package Certified

AIKEN, S.C. (May 1, 2001) – After extensive work on design, testing and validation, the Savannah River Site has received certification on a radioactive materials package that will enable the safe transfer of plutonium metals from other Department of Energy (DOE) sites. The package, designated the "9975," will be safely stored in the K Area Materials Storage facility. Transfer of these weapons useable materials is a prerequisite for the decommissioning and shutdown of these DOE facilities. MORE »

Girls to be Introduced to Engineering

AIKEN, S.C. (Apr. 16, 2001) – At "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," Saturday, April 21, engineers from the Savannah River Site will take one small step toward easing the approaching shortage of workers skilled in the engineering disciplines. MORE »

Energy Department Honors Laboratory for Satellite Work

AIKEN, S.C. (Apr. 12, 2001) – Robert E. Waldron, National Nuclear Security Administration Assistant Deputy Administrator for Nonproliferation Research and Engineering, this week honored the Savannah River Technology Center, the Savannah River Site's applied research and development laboratory, for its work on the Multispectral Thermal Imager satellite, a key NNSA research satellite project. MORE »

Mechanical Engineer Wins Savannah River Site's Highest Award

AIKEN, S.C. (Feb. 7, 2001) – The Savannah River Site today presented its highest honor in engineering and technical leadership to Paul S. Hebert, a mechanical engineer with the Savannah River Technology Center. The Donald A. Orth Award of Merit, named for a distinguished, internationally known nuclear chemist who retired from SRS in 1992, recognizes Hebert's work in the field of Specialty Equipment Development and Facility Automation. He was honored for both his creative technical contributions and his generosity in mentoring other engineers. MORE »

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