ORNL's sustainable mobility research and development efforts are aligned under the lab's Sustainable Transportation program, delivering a coordinated balance of elite technologies, accessible facilities, and multidisciplinary expertise to address issues related to vehicle and fuel, movement of passengers and freight, and transportation infrastructures. The program's enduring partnerships with government, industry, and academia are helping bring innovative technologies to market that enable greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while reducing the cost and environmental impact of transportation.
Research is directed and funded primarily by three programs from within the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Together, the programs support EERE's sustainable mobility initiatives for a cleaner environment, stronger economy, and more secure energy future.
Through EERE's Vehicle Technologies Program, ORNL conducts significant research concerning advanced power electronics and electric machines, fuels utilization, advanced combustion engines, vehicle systems, policy and decision maker support, data collection, modeling, operations analysis, advanced materials, and energy storage.
ORNL supports EERE's Biomass Program through R&D in biomass feedstocks and conversion technologies to help transform the nation's renewable and abundant biomass resources into cost competitive, high performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower.
Through EERE's Fuel Cell Technologies Program, ORNL is actively developing materials, components, and processes for fuel cell systems, materials for hydrogen delivery, new methods for hydrogen production, novel technologies for hydrogen storage, and R&D for modeling the transition to a hydrogen economy.
The Vehicle Technologies, Biomass, and Fuel Cell Technologies Programs are three of ten EERE funded programs at ORNL.
In addition to DOE support, the Department of Transportation, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, industry, and other partners support ORNL's research to optimize America's transportation systems.