Fossil Energy

As the nation’s premiere materials science laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a leader in addressing the materials barriers for improving the efficiency of fossil energy power plants. ORNL’s Fossil Energy Program conducts research and development to discover, develop and deliver enabling technologies for energy production from fossil fuel resources.

The program’s efforts are concentrated in two areas—materials for extreme environments and technologies for the sustainable production and use of fossil energy resources.

Research Focuses include:

  • Developing cutting edge materials for use in boilers and turbines for Ultra-Supercritical steam power plants,
  • Developing a suite of alloys and coatings to enable safer, longer lasting and more efficient power plant operation, and
  • Conducting research into materials for syngas and hydrogen turbines, solid oxide fuel cells, and electrochemical sensors for fossil power plants.