Clean Energy


Transportation Research

ORNL researcher Jim Szybist uses a variable valve-train engine to evaluate different types of fuels, including ethanol blends, and their effects on the combustion process in an internal combustion engine.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory brings together science and technology experts from across scientific disciplines to partner with government and industry in addressing transportation challenges. Research objectives are consistent with America’s energy initiative to reduce its dependency on foreign oil and deliver consumers affordable, environmentally-friendly transportation choices. ORNL researchers are addressing barriers to effective use of non-petroleum-based fuels through the advancement of bio-based products and natural gas. Developments in energy storage technologies, charging methods, and advanced materials are speeding the deployment of electrified transportation systems. Vehicle efficiency is being advanced through research and development of lightweight materials including low-cost carbon fiber, as well as systems integration of electric propulsion/power electronics and internal combustion engines. ORNL transportation research also encompasses the production of decision-making tools, such as, and the development and deployment of intelligent technologies that enable safer, more efficient movement of passengers and freight.

Sustainable Transportation Update Newsletters

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July 2014
ORNL partners with automakers to supercharge the fuel injection design process using high performance computing. Plus, the Sustainable Transportation Program wins four R&D 100 Awards, licenses a new biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology, and collaborates with diesel manufacturers to increase engine efficiency.

April 2014
ORNL contributes to fuel efficiency gains and greenhouse gas emissions reductions for heavy-duty trucks through the 21st Century Truck Partnership’s SuperTruck initiative. The Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck makes a stop at ORNL. Plus, ORNL research informs new EPA emissions standards.

January 2014
ORNL and industry partner, Protochips, establishes enhanced microscopy for vehicle emission catalyst development. Plus, a DOT-funded driver behavior study will influence safety on America’s roadways.


Sustainable Transportation Brochures

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Building Technologies Research and Integration Center
Today, through the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC) and associated Centers of Excellence, ORNL applies its multidisciplinary science and technology expertise, state-of-the-art facilities, and partnership mechanisms to accelerate building energy efficiency solutions from concept to commercialization.

Building Technologies Experimental Capabilities and Apparatus Directory
ORNL Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC) provides unique experimental capabilities needed to accelerate building energy efficiency solutions from concept to commercialization.

Impacting US Industry Today
With facilities and expertise beyond the reach of most private industry and educational institutions, ORNL is enabling economic vitality through innovations in manufacturing, buildings, and transportation that support an energy-independent and environmentally-sustainable future.


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