Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.
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2020
4 Sep 2020

Lux Semiconductors

Lux Semiconductors are an early stage company that have developed a patent pending system-on-foil platform that enables flexible silicon ICs to be directly produced on flexible substrates.
24 Aug 2020

Electroimpact

Electroimpact are the largest integrators of aircraft assembly lines. In 2020, they showcased their developed of a continuous fiber 3D printer. IDTechEx spoke with Cody Brown (Project Manager).
6 Aug 2020

Gamma Alloys

Gamma Alloys are producers of metal matrix composites (MMC); they have recently pivoted to focus their attention on additive manufacturing. IDTechEx caught up with Mark Sommer (CEO).
5 Aug 2020

Hybrid Inverter Integrates Distributed EnergySources

Researchers have developed an intelligent power electronic inverter platform that can connect locally sited energy resources such as solar panels, energy storage and electric vehicles and smoothly interact with the utility power grid.
17 Jul 2020

Thin Film Electronics ASA

Thin Film Electronics ASA is a publicly listed company (OSE/OTCQX) in Norway with corporate headquarters in Oslo and global headquarters in San Jose, California. The company used to work on flexible electronic products such as NFC-based tags and now it focuses on thin-film solid-state batteries.
24 Jun 2020

ADDere (MWES)

ADDere are a unit of Midwest Engineered Systems (MWES) that work on laser wire additive manufacturing. IDTechEx spoke with Eric Fescenmeyer.
22 May 2020

3D-Printed Nuclear Reactor: Faster, Economical Path to Nuclear Energy

Researchers are refining their design of a 3D-printed nuclear reactor core, scaling up the additive manufacturing process necessary to build it, and developing methods to confirm the consistency and reliability of its printed components.
21 Feb 2020

Graphene Forms Under Microscope's Eye

You don't need a big laser to make laser-induced graphene. Scientists are using a very small visible beam to burn the foamy form of carbon into microscopic patterns.
11 Feb 2020

Eliminating Cobalt Metal in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Energy storage startup SPARKZ Inc has exclusively licensed five battery technologies from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory designed to eliminate cobalt metal in lithium-ion batteries. The advancement is aimed at accelerating the production of electric vehicles and energy storage solutions for the power grid.
3 Feb 2020

Thinfilm to Energize Innovation in the Wearables and Sensor Markets

Thin Film Electronics ASA announced its updated corporate strategy focused on the design, development, and production of innovative battery solutions targeting existing market demand with differentiated solutions to power wearable devices and connected sensors.
31 Jan 2020

Engineers Examine Lithium Battery Defects

Solid-state lithium batteries are the Holy Grail of energy storage. With potential impacts on everything from personal mobile devices to industrial renewable energy, the difficulties are worth overcoming. The goal: Build a safe and long lived lithium battery. The challenge: Use a solid-state electrolyte and stop short circuiting from the formation and growth of lithium dendrites.
22 Jan 2020

Finalists Announced for 2019 R&D 100 Awards

Finalists for the venerable R&D 100 Awards have been announced by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC.
2019
1 Nov 2019

Encouraging The Broader Adoption of Additive Manufacturing

GE Additive has entered into a five-year cooperative research and development agreement with the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The agreement focuses on processes, materials and software to drive industrialization and encourage the broader adoption of additive manufacturing technology.
14 Oct 2019

Patrol boat created in 72 hours by 3D printer

The new 3D printer is designed to print objects as long as 100 feet by 22 feet wide by 10 feet high, and can print at 500 pounds per hour. The one-of-a-kind printer will support several ambitious initiatives, including development of biobased feedstocks using cellulose derived from wood resources, and rapid prototyping of civilian, defense and infrastructure applications.
1 Apr 2019

General Graphene Corporation

The company founded in 2014 using technology developed at ORNL in the US
5 Mar 2019

Right electrolyte doubles material's ability to store energy

Scientists have discovered a way to improve the energy density of promising energy-storage materials, conductive two-dimensional ceramics called MXenes.
26 Feb 2019

USA DOE launches lithium ion battery recycling R&D Centre: ReCell

The use of lithium-ion batteries has surged in recent years, starting with electronics and expanding into many applications, including the growing electric and hybrid vehicle industry. But the technologies to optimize recycling of these batteries has not kept pace.
2018
22 Nov 2018

120-kilowatt wireless charging for vehicles

Researchers have demonstrated a 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for vehicles—providing six times the power of previous ORNL technology and a big step toward charging times that rival the speed and convenience of a gas station fill-up.
15 Nov 2018

Manganese may finally solve hydrogen fuel cells' catalyst problem

Manganese is known for making stainless steel and aluminum soda cans. Now, researchers say the metal could advance one of the most promising sources of renewable energy: hydrogen fuel cells.
26 Oct 2018

New material, manufacturing process, uses sun's heat for cheaper power

Researchers have developed a new material and manufacturing process that would make one way to use solar power - as heat energy - more efficient in generating electricity.