Research Highlights

Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy Demonstration

A research demonstration unveiled at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory combines clean energy technologies into a 3D-printed building and vehicle to showcase a new approach to energy use, storage and consumption.

The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy...

Grid modernization under way in Chattanooga

The term “grid modernization” means different things to different people. A power systems engineer may think of updating and upgrading measuring devices with sensing capabilities, whereas someone interested in renewables may picture wind farms, solar panels, and battery storage. Both...

Eye on the Grid: System monitoring increases power grid reliability

In August 2003, an alarm system failed to warn workers at an Ohio electric utility of a minor problem with a single high-voltage power line, so the workers didn’t respond immediately. This combination of human error and equipment failure had a cascading effect on the electric grid that...

Wide bandgap evaluation facility benchmarks devices

The Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division’s (EESR’s) Power Electronics and Electric Machinery (PEEM) Group is putting its unique wide bandgap (WBG) evaluation facilities to work in benchmarking components used in devices such as inverters, converters, and onboard vehicle...

Building AMIE’s brain: EESR researchers take on home, vehicle energy challenges

The construction and demonstration of the Additive Manufacturing + Integrated Energy (AMIE) project was a unique opportunity to showcase Oak Ridge National Laboratory expertise and collaboration in many areas, including 3D printing and vehicle and residential technologies. The...

ORNL, Molex to develop and provide market access to low-cost wireless sensors

Efforts to bring ORNL’s wireless sensor platform to market are on target and proceeding as planned. In April 2015, ORNL formed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Molex, a premier international electronics manufacturer, to make the low-cost wireless sensors...

ORNL develops safer runway lighting

ORNL is developing a new airport and runway lighting technology to enhance visibility for pilots during takeoffs and landings.

According to Roger Kisner of the Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division, researchers from his division and the Physical Sciences...

Setting the standards for testing with Christina Forrester

Christina Forrester’s meticulous nature is a plus for her work leading technical testing and analysis of radiological and nuclear detection devices, whether that work takes her to the Desert Southwest or to her own lab outfitted with specialized equipment at Oak Ridge.

Forrester...