Breaking New Ground
Capabilities And Apparatus
NEUTRON IMAGING OF REFRIGERANT FLOW AIDS IN UNDERSTANDING HEAT TRANSFER
ORNL researchers have captured undistorted snapshots of refrigerants flowing through small heat exchangers, helping to further elucidate characteristics of heat transfer in the process. The team used additive manufacturing and neutron imaging capabilities to examine microchannel heat exchangers, which hold refrigerants used to move thermal energy and provide cooling or heating in many applications.View Video
Flipping the Switch
Developing next-gen insulation material
ORNL building technologies researchers and industry partners are using innovative manufacturing techniques to develop high-performance insulation materials that reduce energy loss without a high-cost premium.Read more
SHARE YOUR DESIGN IDEAS
ORNL Launches Tool for Design/Idea Collaboration
ORNL’s Building Technologies Program launched a new crowdsourcing application to gather and share ideas that could develop into the next big thing in energy efficient technical designs for building technologies. The site also prompts discussions on tech-to-market initiatives.Read more
Supermarket Refrigeration Advances
ORNL explores CO2 as environmentally friendly gas
By experimenting with CO2 refrigerant systems and new refrigerant molecules, ORNL researchers look to mediate and minimize conventional refrigeration’s environmental footprint.
ORNL R&D Graces ASHRAE Journal Cover
"Living Lab" Platform for New Technologies
An ORNL co-authored paper became the cover story for the Sept. issue of the ASHRAE Journal. The technical feature article titled, "Energy Performance for ASHRAE Headquarters," discusses the creation of a "living lab" with three types of mechanical systems that enable research on different technologies.
DOE Invests in ORNL Buildings R&D
ORNL to lead 6 new BTO-funded projects and participate in 2 others
DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) awarded funding for 15 total projects, 8 of which include ORNL building technologies researchers, that will contribute to advancing early-stage, breakthrough energy-efficient solutions for buildings and homes. ORNL will lead 6 of these projects, partnering with industry, academia, and other national laboratories. It is anticipated that ORNL’s post-negotiation awards will total just shy of $6 million with about $4 million for research by ORNL.
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