EESD Review: Research Area

Research Area: Electricity and Smart Grid

A history of organized success : Jennifer Ladd-Lively

Jennifer Ladd-Lively has been leading the Electrical Systems Engineering and Integration Group since September, bringing with her the organizational and time management skills learned through several years as a research scientist and project manager. The group she leads specializes in designing...

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A history of service: Jason Richards

After more than a decade spent photographing scientific achievements at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Jason Richards has stepped out from behind the camera and into the lab, in a move that continues a career focused on serving his country and community....

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Supercomputing for better commuting: In pursuit of fuel economy, mobility

In a project leveraging computer vision, machine learning, and sensors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists are working with private company GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. to demonstrate how stop lights can be programmed to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions while facilitating...

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Getting a (wireless) charge out of power electronics with Omer Onar

Growing up, Omer Onar dreamed of being an astronaut and working in space science. Today he’s involved in the science of space—in this case the gap between a magnetic coil and an electric vehicle being charged with wireless technology. Onar led the team that demonstrated a 20-kilowatt wireless...

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Novel membrane advances low-cost, grid-scale energy storage

Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have developed a crucial component for a new kind of low-cost stationary battery system utilizing common materials and designed for grid-scale electricity storage. Large, economical electricity storage systems can benefit the nation’s grid in numerous...

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Michael Starke: Controls, energy storage for grid resilience

When Michael Starke leaves the lab each day, he continues his work, in a sense, at home. The power systems engineer is developing methods to precisely control building electrical loads—and in his off hours, he has automated his own home with upwards of 90 smart devices to manage everything from...

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Cutting through the noise with Singanallur Venkatakrishnan

Singanallur “Venkat” Venkatakrishnan is helping scientists get a better view of objects under study by some of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s most powerful instruments by creating algorithms that turn data into 3D renderings with fewer images. The result is a better understanding of the inner...

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A long view of science and innovation with Yarom Polsky

Yarom Polsky’s diverse background in private and public-sector research has given him a knack for recognizing opportunities to advance the state-of-the-art, and he parlays that knowledge into successful innovation as an engineer, group leader, and program manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...

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ORNL to conduct early-stage R&D for improved resiliency and security of the nation’s critical energy infrastructure

As the nation’s power grid continues to become modernized, consumers and businesses will see more benefits, including greater reliability, faster restoration of service when disruptions occur, more use of renewables such as solar, and better information about their own consumption. At the same time...

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Richard Raines: Director, Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division

Richard “Rick” Raines has been on the forefront of protecting critical communications systems from attack since before the term “cyber” was in vogue, and he is bringing that leadership to bear as he takes on the role of director for the Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division (EESRD)...

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