ORNL Review: Science Area

Science Area: Clean Energy

Taking the planet’s pulse: ORNL, NASA share latest data

As temperatures change, snow melts, and days grow longer across North America, a network of sensors captures these vital data, measuring key weather metrics that inform an array of scientific endeavors from wildlife biology to crop studies to modeling future environmental change. Scientists at...

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ORNL, collaborators to tackle complex questions in biology with math

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are contributing to a new national initiative focused on using math to answer key questions in biology about the intricate mechanisms that influence how genes are expressed as physical and behavioral traits. The National...

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Genomics Code Exceeds Exaops on Summit Supercomputer

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory broke the exascale barrier, achieving a peak throughput of 1.88 exaops—faster than any previously reported science application—while analyzing genomic data on the recently launched Summit ...

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ORNL-developed alloy promises better fuel economy

A new suite of aluminum-based alloys developed at ORNL could give automakers the key to achieving ambitious fuel economy goals. The aluminum-copper- manganese-zirconiumalloys—or ACMZ— were developed in just under four years, lightning speed when it comes to developing a complex alloy. Affordable,...

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Hydropower's future is small & modular

Harnessing the power of water is a practice that has been around for thousands of years, from the ancient Greeks’ use of waterwheels to grind wheat to today’s massive hydroelectric dams that supply power to millions of customers. But given the high price tag, potential environmental impact...

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Neighborhood gets smart about energy use with ORNL tech

Tucked away on about five acres outside of Birmingham, Alabama, sits innovative technology that could change the way homeowners manage energy consumption. The Southeast’s first-of- its-kind residential microgrid is the main energy source for 62 state-of-the-art homes in what Alabama Power...

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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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Esther Parish: The science of sustainability

Esther Parish’s holistic approach to life is apparent not only in her environmental research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, but in her careful cultivation of a future crop of young scientists. Her expertise as a geographer coupled with a keen interest in the natural world drives Parish’s...

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ORNL accelerates bioenergy innovation, sharing scientific discoveries in over 1,000 publications

Generating more than 1,000 publications in peer-reviewed journals, ORNL’s pioneering leadership of two Bioenergy Research Centers has encompassed numerous notable scientific achievements, early-stage technologies and commercial licenses for the development of advanced biofuels and bioproducts....

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ORNL scientists generate new report on trends shaping the hydropower industry

2017 Hydropower Market Report offers comprehensive data and analysis

Industry stakeholders, policymakers, and the interested public can access current data and critical insights into trends shaping the hydropower industry in the 2017 Hydropower Market Report—including information on how US hydropower growth compares to other countries across the globe. “...

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