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ENERGY – Samsung savings …
— Although variable refrigerant flow heat pumps are known to have advantages, higher initial costs and difficulty in quantifying those benefits serve as deterrents to their widespread use. ORNL’s flexible research platform, however, provides a solution that enables researchers to characterize real-world performance.

VEHICLES – New catalyst looms big …
— Gains in engine efficiency are often accompanied by emissions challenges, but a catalyst developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers could provide a solution.

MATERIALS – Cleaner crude …
— Crude oil refinement can be an extremely costly chemical process. In an effort to reduce energy and cost demands, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers Anibal Ramirez-Cuesta and Stuart Campbell are collaborating with University of Nottingham (UK) researchers to develop metal-organic frameworks—substances that can catch and separate different gases during refinement.

CLIMATE – Energy data portal …
— A new addition to Data.gov, home of the U.S. government’s open data, focuses on the connection between climate change and the nation’s energy infrastructure. Curated by an Oak Ridge National Laboratory-led team, the “

SOLAR – Suitability mapping …
— Using remote sensing data, researchers can efficiently determine optimum sites for solar power plants, according to a study led by Olufemi Omitaomu of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. With the target of solar energy providing up to 35 percent of the nation’s total energy requirements by 2050, the need for strategic siting of solar plants is vital, Omitaomu said.

LIGHTING – Safer landings …
— Airport runways could be highly visible under even the worst conditions with a lighting technology being developed by a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The prototype fixture features infrared and white light generators packaged in the industry standard PAR 38 configuration and uses ORNL’s graphite foam.

ENERGY – Rooftop A/C retrofit …
— Through some nifty system coordination that limits the number of commercial rooftop air conditioning units that run simultaneously, a technique developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers can provide savings of thousands of dollars per year. Researchers expect the system, installed at a church in Knoxville, Tenn., to return the $1,200 investment in six months to a year.

ENERGY – Good vibrations dryer …
— Tomorrow’s clothes dryers could use high-frequency mechanical vibrations instead of heat to extract moisture as a cold mist, dramatically reducing drying time and energy use. Oak Ridge National Laboratory and GE Appliances researchers are developing a prototype that uses ultrasonic transducers with an energy factor that greatly exceeds current heat-based technology.

Biometrics – 3-D face analysis …
— Law enforcement and national security agencies could benefit from an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology able to determine a person’s age, race and gender with high fidelity.

Hydro – Power and peril …
— Fish and the dams that provide about 7 percent of the nation’s electricity may have a more symbiotic relationship because of work being performed by a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Mark Bevelhimer and Brenda Pracheil.

 
 
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