Breaking New Ground
UT-ORNL Gov Chair Enquist Announced
Governor’s Chair in High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments
Philip Enquist, leader for Urban Design & Planning with Chicago-based architecture powerhouse Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, was named 16th University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Enquist will use ORNL's Building Technologies Research and Integration Center to push new energy-efficient building products to the market.
Next-Gen Home Refrigeration
ORNL, GE promote energy savings and simplified recycling
Refrigerators featuring magnetic cooling and 20 percent greater efficiency are the product of a cooperative research and development agreement between GE Appliances and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While the concept of magnetocaloric cooling has been around for many years, only since 2006 has GE explored using the technology for home refrigeration. In addition to energy savings and vastly simplified recycling at end of life, these refrigerators use no compressors or refrigerants that could be harmful to the environment. (Photo courtesy GE Appliances)
New Research House Tests Heat Pump
Variable-Speed Air-Source Integrated Prototype
ORNL’s new unoccupied research house provides field testing capabilities for a CRADA partner’s prototype variable-speed air-source integrated heat pump for space conditioning and water heating. Researchers implemented sensor technology that will collect data at regular intervals while the heat pump operates in a residential environment.
Leveraging Fundamental Science
380 Visitors in 2013
R&D 100 and FLC Awards in 2013
Active Industry Partners