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About Oak Ridge National Laboratory

As DOE's largest multi-program science and energy laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory possesses scientific and technical capabilities that span basic and applied research in fields ranging from fundamental nuclear physics to applied research and development on advanced energy systems. The Tennessee lab's mission is to deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs that will accelerate the development and deployment of solutions in clean energy and global security, thereby creating economic opportunity for the nation. Payroll and procurement tops $1 billion annually.

Capabilities

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is employing its science and technology resources to help improve the energy efficiency of the nation's industries and support development of new products. ORNL will engage and assist small businesses in the following technology areas representing ORNL's current manufacturing R&D and expertise. Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Processing and applications of light-weight and high-temperature metals, materials synthesis and advanced characterization. Critical Materials: Diversified supply, develop substitutes and improve recycling and reuse of rare earth metals and other materials needed to support a clean energy economy. Composites and Lightweight Materials: Commercial scale-up of low-cost carbon fiber and production of development quantities of carbon fiber for process evaluation and prototyping. Additive Manufacturing: Advancing state-of-the-art technologies to revolutionize the way products are designed and built. Roll-to-Roll Processing: Cutting edge developments in battery, sensor and flexible electronics technologies are the focus of ORNL's Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Laboratory. Wide Bandgap Power Electronics: Enhanced power electronic devices using wide-bandgap semiconductors. Next Generation Electric Machines: New manufacturing technology, designs and control systems for electric machines. Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms and Models: Integrated wireless sensors for building monitoring and manufacturing including neural network-based models and data analytics. Process Intensification: Advanced catalysis and separation technologies to improve economics and reduce environmental impact in chemical process industries. CHP and Grid Integration: Control devices to maximize the energy efficiency and reliability of the electric grid. Sustainable Manufacturing: Integration of advanced manufacturing technologies to create economically-sound manufacturing outcomes with minimizing natural resource and energy consumption.

Facilities

Many of the research, development and deployment activities of the Advanced Manufacturing Program at ORNL are directed through facilities, institutes and specialized laboratories focused on specific technology interests and challenges. The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility works closely with equipment manufacturers, materials suppliers and end users to advance state-of-the-art technologies and revolutionize the way products are designed and built using additive manufacturing (AM). The Carbon Fiber Technology Facility provides the capability commercial scale-up of low-cost carbon fiber and production of development quantities of carbon fiber for process evaluation and prototyping. Cutting edge developments in battery, sensor and flexible electronics technologies are the focus of the Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Laboratory. The Critical Materials Institute is exploring process technologies for rare earth metals and other materials needed to support a clean energy economy.

Technology areas representing ORNL's current manufacturing R&D and expertise include additive manufacturing, carbon fiber and composites, processing and applications of light-weight and high-temperature metals, materials synthesis and advanced characterization, sensors and controls and data analytics.

Additional Information

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