The U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory has received $307 million in new science funding from President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, principally to accelerate construction of the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), a new $912-million project that began construction in 2009. The funds will support an array of Office of Science-sponsored construction, laboratory infrastructure, and research projects across the nation.
^ Construction workers, elected officials, and Lab employees celebrated twin milestones for the National Synchrotron Light Source II and Interdisciplinary Science Building.
Thomas P. D’Agostino, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, visited Brookhaven Lab and spoke at an event to commemorate the decommissioning of the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor (BGRR) on May 17.
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When built, NSLS-II will be the world's most advanced synchrotron storage ring, helping to drive abundant, safe, and clean energy technologies.
Interdisciplinary Science Building
Funding will go toward construction of a new building that will house instruments for research in solar energy, biofuels, solid state lighting, and superconductivity.
Funds will be used for roofing, mechanical, and electrical upgrades and fire protection to several key science buildings.
PHENIX equipment at RHIC
Upgrades to the PHENIX detector will improve its performance.
Funds will be applied to environmental cleanup and decommissioning of the High Flux Beam Reactor and Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor.
ARRA funds will support research programs to improve production of a Cu-67, a radioisotope used in cancer treatment and large-scale production of Yt-86 used in medical imaging.
Energy Efficiency Projects
Brookhaven will review proposals in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Funds will be applied to RHIC and NSLS upgrades, geothermal technology, advanced technology R&D and subcontracted work from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.