The global market for clean energy technologies has grown fivefold within the last decade. Today, investments in the industries that produce our solar panels, wind turbines, energy-efficient electronics, and energy-saving building materials, in addition to many other applications, reach as much as $269 billion worldwide as governments, businesses, and individuals embrace these technologies on a larger scale.
The fundamental science that drives these technologies ranges from the biochemistry of plants and microbes that store and release energy; to the physical science that explains what makes a material stronger, lighter, or more corrosion-resistant; to the computational science that analyzes and packages information to help us understand the environment around its use.
Among directorates at ORNL and other DOE labs, Energy and Environmental Sciences has a highly collaborative culture that reaches across these different disciplines and stages of scientific development to meet a single objective: clean energy.
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