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ORNL Cools With Propane
Window Air Conditioning Prototype Proves Efficiency, Cost-Savings
Cooling homes and small office spaces could become less costly and more efficient with new early stage technology developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Researchers designed a window air conditioning unit that uses propane as the refrigerant, cooling the air with 17 percent higher efficiency than the best ENERGY STAR® commercial units.
ORNL Partners on Smart Neighborhood Research
Homes Get Smart
An ORNL team is working with Southern Company and Alabama Power on its Smart Neighborhood, a research project that will implement state-of-the-art appliances and an innovative energy optimization system in a 62-home subdivision in Hoover, Alabama.
Modeling Better Buildings For Energy Savings
Joshua New Creates Virtual Models With AutoBEM Program
Joshua New and colleagues in ORNL’s Building Envelope and Urban Systems group are creating virtual models of buildings in the 535-square-mile service territory of Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board —roughly 170,000 in all. The modeling team has also simulated buildings on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory campus and at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Turning the Heat Up On Materials Research
Chengyun Hua Analyzes Heat Transfer, Laser-Focused On Energy Conversion
As a Russell Fellow in ORNL’s Building Equipment Research Group, Chengyun Hua carefully analyzes nanoscale heat transfer mechanisms using laser spectroscopy. Through her work, a new ultrafast optical technique for thermal measurements—time-domain thermoreflectance—was deployed at the lab for the first time. The technique measures the thermal properties of materials, including thermal conductivity. ORNL’s Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory measures material conductivity down to the nanometer.
ORNL Partners with Southern Company to Develop Smart NeighborhoodTM
Emerging Energy Technologies, Materials, Appliances to be Featured
A-first-of-its-kind, transactive residential microgrid is being developed in the Southeastern United States with the help of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ORNL has partnered with Southern Company to develop a Smart Neighborhood™ through Alabama Power. As a research partner, ORNL provides expertise to develop practical solutions within the neighborhood that could be integrated into homes and power grids across the nation.
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