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Viral Patel: Engineering A Better Everyday Life
Research Provides Benefits to the Average Consumer
Viral Patel came to Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the aim of conducting research that would provide benefits to the average consumer, and his work has not disappointed. Viral jumped into three energy efficiency projects almost immediately after starting at the lab as a postdoctoral researcher in the Energy and Transportation Science Division in 2015, working on development of two clothes dryers (one ultrasonic and the other thermoelectric) and a new, more efficient rotating heat exchanger for refrigerator applications.Read More
BETTER LEAK SEEKING
SYSTEM USES FLOURESCENT VITAMIN B2 TO TARGET AIR LEAKS
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a novel, nontoxic fluorescent air leak detection system that can find cracks in walls and roofs in existing and new buildings. The technology uses a humidifier to release a water-based solution of riboflavin, or Vitamin B2, supplement against a plywood wall with cracks. When the room is pressurized, tiny vitamin droplets accumulate at the leak points, and remain invisible until fluoresced under ultraviolet light. Repair of a leaky home could yield a $450 per year energy savings with a 2.5-year payback.
ROOF SAVINGS CALCULATOR WINS R&D 100 AWARD
WEB-BASED TOOL ESTIMATES ANNUAL ENERGY SAVINGS
Congratulations to the team of developers, including ORNL’s Joshua New and Bill Miller, for their Roof Savings Calculator Suite winning a 2016 R&D 100 Award. The calculator was developed as an industry-consensus tool to perform whole-building energy simulations on commercial and residential buildings. The web-based tool allows users to easily estimate annual energy cost savings achievable by installing cool roofing products on the most common building types in the U.S.
MONTREAL PROTOCOL AMENDMENT CITES ORNL’S REFRIGERANT RESEARCH
HFC PHASEOUT TO LIMIT GLOBAL TEMPERATURE INCREASE
World climate leaders will amend the Montreal Protocol to phase out potent greenhouse gas refrigerants known as hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, and replace them with climate-friendly alternatives. This landmark decision relied on a series of reports, led by ORNL’s Omar Abdelaziz, that evaluated the viability of alternative refrigerants, and found they can provide better efficiency and cooling capacity than baseline refrigerants, and help avoid up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end of the century.
JUMP Recognized as Innovator for Innovation Management
Online Crowdsourcing Community Identifies New Technologies
Co-hosted by five national laboratories in the buildings sector and launched at ORNL, JUMP was recognized by IdeaScale as the winner for Best Moderation Strategy in the Innovation Management Awards Competition. JUMP developed a five-step repeatable process used in 13 calls for innovation, identifying 10 new technologies.
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