Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s broad range of partnerships allows us to pair our strengths with others for outstanding contributions to science while providing economic benefit across the United States. We devote leading-edge expertise, world-class user facilities, and strategic research to delivering the scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs needed to answer the world’s most difficult and urgent challenges.
The Soteria Battery Innovation Group has exclusively licensed and optioned an ORNL technology designed to make lithium-ion batteries safer, ensuring their use in electric vehicles, air taxis, and other energy applications. The option makes this technology immediately available to Soteria’s consortium members for research and development, which includes NASA, Mercedes, and DuPont.
In 2021, ORNL licensed a wireless charging technology for electric vehicles to HEVO, a Brooklyn startup. HEVO and ORNL will collaborate to scale up the technology under a recently awarded Technology Commercialization Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
ORNL researchers experimented with tungsten isotopes at General Atomics’ DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego to better understand how this element can be used to shield the inside of a fusion reactor. Fusion reactors reach temperatures hotter than the sun’s core, causing atoms to fuse and release energy. It was the first experiment of its kind conducted in a fusion device.
A new technology for chemically separating rare earth elements has been licensed to Marshallton Research Laboratories, a North Carolina-based manufacturer of organic chemicals for a range of industries. This new technology has the potential to create a dramatic, beneficial shift for producers in the United States.
ORNL works with the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, the university’s natural history museum, on studies in the East Fork Poplar Creek watershed. These studies help scientists better understand how nutrients and contaminants move through stream systems.
ORNL is partnering with Resurgo, a cybersecurity firm based in Honolulu, to advance network protection with artificial intelligence. Specifically, the partnership seeks to develop machine learning-based intrusion detection sensors for cyber networks that safeguard our critical infrastructure.