Research

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Sustainable Electricity Program develops technologies to create a cleaner environment, a stronger economy, and a more secure future for our nation. The Program is committed to expanding energy resource options and to improving efficiency in every element of energy production and use, and to ensuring a reliable and secure grid that fully integrates central generation with distributed resources, manages power flows, facilitates recovery from disruptions to the energy supply, and meets the nation's need for increasing electric power.

The Sustainable Electricity Program is modernizing the electric grid through R&D focused on:

  • Enhancing real-time visualizations and data analysis to isolate grid failures and quickly restore power
  • Strengthening cyber security for a computerized grid
  • Deploying low-cost sensors to monitor grid health
  • Delivering more power through stronger transmission lines
  • Developing microgrid technologies that localize energy management
  • Integrating and utilizing renewable energy more effectively
  • Controlling power flows with new magnetic materials

 

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy