Oak Ridge National Laboratory is DOE’s largest multiprogram science and energy laboratory, with scientific and technical capabilities spanning the continuum from basic to applied research. These resources enable the lab to tackle an exceptionally wide range of R&D assignments, from fundamental nuclear physics to applied R&D on advanced energy systems. In addition, ORNL has a well-deserved reputation for combining insights from fundamental science with an in-depth technical understanding of applied systems to deliver practical solutions to real-world problems.
ORNL aggressively pursues opportunities to put these solutions to work, often collaborating with industry to accelerate their deployment by the private sector. Products as diverse as radiation detectors, thin-film batteries, high-efficiency heat pumps, and high-performance steel alloys have emerged from the lab’s R&D.
Transfer of these and other innovations to the private sector has created new industries in the United States, resulted in substantial cost savings for companies and consumers, and provided good jobs for Americans. As global competition ramps up, ORNL will continue to attack the fundamental research challenges posed by DOE’s missions and to carry out the translational research required to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.