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US HOLDS POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE BILLION TONS OF BIOMASS
RENEWABLE RESOURCES COULD SUPPORT BIOECONOMY
The 2016 Billion-Ton Report, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, concludes that the United States has the potential to sustainably produce at least 1 billion dry tons of nonfood biomass resources annually by 2040. These renewable resources include agricultural, forestry and algal biomass, as well as waste—all useable for the production of biofuel, biopower and bioproducts.
LASER TREATMENT, BONDING POTENTIAL ROAD TO SUCCESS FOR CARBON FIBER
LESS EXPENSIVE, MORE ROBUST AND PROVIDES HIGH-VOLUME USAGE PATH
Joining carbon fiber composites and aluminum for lightweight cars and other multi-material high-end products could become less expensive and the joints more robust because of a new method that harnesses a laser’s power and precision. Using a laser to remove layers of material from surfaces prior to bonding improves the performance of the joints and provides a path toward automation for high-volume use.
RMX LICENSES ORNL TECHNOLOGY FOR CARBON FIBER PRODUCTION
TECHNOLOGY REDUCES TIME AND ENERGY TO MAKE CARBON FIBER
RMX Technologies has licensed plasma processing technology that accelerates the oxidation stage of carbon fiber production. The innovation cuts processing time by a factor of 2.5 to 3 times, reduces energy consumption by 75%, and lowers production costs by 20% while maintaining or improving carbon fiber quality.
NEW TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP RACE CARS SPEED TO THE FINISH LINE
XALT Energy and ORNL are partnering to develop high performing, safe batteries for electric vehicles. The collaboration produced a new coating technology that increases battery energy density so that Formula E race cars that currently last only half the race at 140 mph could power through the whole race to the finish line at 160 mph.
CHARGING UP UPS DELIVERIES
ORNL TO DEVELOP BIDIRECTIONAL WIRELESS CHARGING FOR ELECTRIC TRUCKS
UPS and ORNL are working together to develop bidirectional wireless charging technology for electric trucks that will allow trucks to recharge by simply positioning over a charging coil embedded in the ground. Power can flow both ways, allowing vehicles to power the electric grid for the UPS facility in the event of an electricity outage.
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