Clean Energy


Transportation Research

ORNL researcher Jim Szybist uses a variable valve-train engine to evaluate different types of fuels, including ethanol blends, and their effects on the combustion process in an internal combustion engine.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory brings together science and technology experts from across scientific disciplines to partner with government and industry in addressing transportation challenges. Research objectives are consistent with America’s energy initiative to reduce its dependency on foreign oil and deliver consumers affordable, environmentally-friendly transportation choices. ORNL researchers are addressing barriers to effective use of non-petroleum-based fuels through the advancement of bio-based products and natural gas. Developments in energy storage technologies, charging methods, and advanced materials are speeding the deployment of electrified transportation systems. Vehicle efficiency is being advanced through research and development of lightweight materials including low-cost carbon fiber, as well as systems integration of electric propulsion/power electronics and internal combustion engines. ORNL transportation research also encompasses the production of decision-making tools, such as, and the development and deployment of intelligent technologies that enable safer, more efficient movement of passengers and freight.

Sustainable Transportation Update Newsletters

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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.


Sustainable Transportation Brochures

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Sustainable Transportation Program
Through partnerships with government, industry, and academia, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Sustainable Transportation Program research and development efforts are resulting in knowledge discovery and technology development, maturation, and implementation.

Impacting US Industry Today
With facilities and expertise beyond the reach of most private industry and educational institutions, ORNL is enabling economic vitality through innovations in manufacturing, buildings, and transportation that support an energy-independent and environmentally-sustainable future.

Accelerating Solutions
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is making an impact on everyday America by enhancing transportation choices and quality of life. Through strong collaborative partnerships with industry, ORNL research and development efforts are helping accelerate the deployment of a new generation of energy efficient vehicles powered by domestic, renewable, clean energy.


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