Delivering Innovation

Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) Demonstration Project
Integrating how we generate, use, and store energy.

All-in-One Solution


Energy is consumed every day as we drive our vehicles and live in our dwellings. Historically, these two energy streams have existed independently – until now.

Meet AMIE - the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy demonstration project. Led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and many industry partners, the AMIE project changes the way we think about generating, storing, and using electrical power. AMIE uses an integrated energy system that shares energy between a building and a vehicle. And, utilizing advanced manufacturing and rapid innovation, it only took one year from concept to launch.

Media


Additive Manufacturing

Integrated Energy Demonstration

Electrical Energy Flow

How it Works

AMIE Project

The Vision

Time Lapse AMIE build

From Concept to Reality

Go Behind the Scenes

Explaining AMIE

House Assembly

Putting it Together

All in One Place


Integrated Energy Systems


Advanced Manufacturing

The accelerated creation and printing of the vehicle and house will further demonstrate the program’s function as an applied science tool to get products to market more quickly than traditional manufacturing.


Visit the Manufacturing program site for more information.

Vehicle Technologies

The new vehicle will include onboard power generation and feature bidirectional wireless power transfer technology to connect with the building.


Visit the Transportation program site for more information.

Building Technologies

ORNL researchers and architects from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP have designed an innovative single-room building module to demonstrate new manufacturing and building technology pathways.


Visit the Buildings program site for more information.

Sustainable Electricity

Advanced building control and power management strategies will be used to integrate the various energy systems while also leveraging the building as a virtual battery through demand-side load management.


Visit the Electricity program site for more information.

What's Cool


Industry can leverage ORNL’s world-leading capabilities and expertise through shared assets to help companies access the cutting-edge capabilities and equipment to design, evaluate, and pilot new products and processes.

Wireless Power Transfer

No Strings Attached

How Insulation Panels Work

Resisting the Heat

Next Generation Manufacturing

We're doing it again. Only faster.

Partners

ORNL, the U.S. Department of Energy, and our many industry partners came together in an unprecedented way to make AMIE a reality.

Timeline


From idea to innovation, rapidly.

  • August 2014

    Big Ideas

    Members of the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism collaboration dream of a sustainable prototype that leverages a vehicle to power an enclosure.

  • September 2014

    Planting Seeds

    Program managers within DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy spark the idea for additive manufacturing for buildings.

  • October 2014

    Engaging Design

    Early collaboration with UT-ORNL Governor's Chair Phil Enquist with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

  • December 2014

    Around the Table

    Design planning meeting brings together building technologies and design expertise.

  • January 2015

    Early Designs

    Innovative ideas that will turn industry upside down.

  • February 2015

    Energy Integration

    Research team pulls printed house concept into integrated energy systems project, including transportation and energy research.

  • April 2015

    Early Production

    Utilizing additive manufacturing to enable integration of advanced technologies.

  • May 2015

    Powertrain Controls Prototyping and Integration

    Rapid development of a novel hybrid electric powertrain, designed to power vehicle and building.

  • July 2015

    Finishing House Panels

    Printed house components are finished and painted at Tru-Design.

  • July 2015

    Powered by Natural Gas

    Installing a range-extender internal combustion engine fueled by natural gas.

  • August 2015

    Vehicle Powers House

    Innovations in bidirectional wireless power transfer enable hands off power transfer to and from vehicle.

  • August 2015

    House Assembly

    Partnered with Clayton Homes to assemble 3D printed sections of the house.

  • September 2015

    First Demo

    AMIE unveiled at EERE Industry Day at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • January 2016

    #MeetAMIE

    The AMIE demo project goes on the road. First stop, the 2016 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy