Clean Energy


Sustainable Transportation Update


May 2015
Seven ORNL researchers receive prestigious awards from SAE International, while others are recognized by Department of Energy Assistant Secretary David Danielson for partnering with industry to bring new technologies to market. Plus, ORNL’s patented production process creates lithium-ion batteries using water in place of toxic solvents.

February 2015
ORNL licenses infrared weld inspection technology to APLAIR Manufacturing Systems, a Tennessee-based company that introduces technical solutions to the automotive and aerospace industries. Plus, researchers release new battery simulation software and develop a novel low-temperature catalyst.

October 2014
ORNL creates novel 3-D printed inverters with wide bandgap devices. Plus, researchers use neutrons to image the spray inside fuel injectors, and ORNL partners with Toyota on wireless charging for electric vehicles.

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.

October 2013
ORNL achieves breakthrough in energy-saving lubricants research; a new ionic lubricant additive technology could save the U.S. billions of gallons of oil annually. Plus, esteemed analyst David Greene shares his vision for the future of the nation’s sustainable transportation architecture.

August 2013
ORNL researchers study biological systems, such as the human brain, and how they could serve as a model for designing intelligent vehicles – paving new inroads to increased safety, improved efficiency, and reduced emissions.

May 2013
The Vehicle Systems Integration (VSI) Laboratory goes online, offering unique capabilities to evaluate and simulate conventional and hybrid powertrains from light-duty cars to Class 8 heavy-duty trucks. Plus, Ford’s top management reviews ORNL’s automotive R&D.

November 2012
ORNL accelerates the automotive engine through high performance computing, leading today’s automotive manufacturers closer to a more perfect internal combustion engine that is designed to meet both consumer and regulatory demands for clean and efficient operation.

July 2012
Future automotive batteries could cost less and pack more power because of ORNL’s new Battery Manufacturing Facility, a $3 million DOE collaboration with industry and other national labs. Plus, ORNL hosts the US Council for Automotive Research.

April 2012
ORNL’s High Temperature Materials Laboratory staff assisted global automotive parts manufacturer Cosma International in resolving a component materials issue, getting its operations back online. Plus, inventers of air-cooled inverter meet US DRIVE 2015 power density target.

February 2012
Successful multi-year collaborations have enabled the development and industry demonstration of an ORNL-developed technology for advancing next-generation fuel cells.

December 2011
Black carbon is a powerful contributor to Arctic warming and the arduous target of a new ORNL research project aimed at reducing emissions in Russia and bordering regions. Plus, Dow Kokam opens a new battery R&D facility and recognizes DOE and ORNL.

October 2011
A new project with General Motors reveals a strong diesel filter. Plus, ORNL researchers are applying expertise in fuels and engines research to help the US Coast Guard with a mandate to increase use of alternative fuels in their marine fleet.

September 2011
DOE has awarded ORNL $1.2 million to investigate the use of ionic liquids as a new class of multi-functional lubricant additives. Plus, DOE, EPA, and SAE drive toward cleaner fuels and more efficient technologies through Green Racing.


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