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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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.


Sustainable Transportation Brochures

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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.

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.


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