ORNL’s anchor partnerships in the Garden State include its Department of Energy Office of Science sister laboratory, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and Princeton University.
ORNL’s user facilities offer a diverse set of tools for experiments across a range of fields, including biology, materials and energy sciences, physics, engineering, and chemistry. Learn more about ORNL’s user facilities. Data reflects fiscal year 2020 except for scientific publications, which covers 2016–2020. Partner stories reflect work conducted from 2016 to present.
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and their industry partners aim to solve a grand scientific challenge—harnessing fusion energy, the same energy that fuels the sun and stars, to produce a safe, clean, and virtually unlimited source of power for generating electricity. ITER, history’s largest science collaboration, involves scientists and engineers from 35 countries. ORNL manages the US ITER project, and PPPL is one of its key partners in this effort. PPPL is designing and building diagnostic equipment and developing scientific data and software coding for the international facility. PPPL also conducts research and development in computing and microelectronics.
Learn more about fusion research at ORNL.
Listen to ORNL’s Sound of Science podcast episode “Fusion: Energy at the Extreme”
What if the energy we expend walking could be harnessed to charge our electronic devices? Princeton University researchers used neutron scattering at ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source to study piezoelectrochemical effects, or PECs, a relatively new research area in which electricity is created from electrochemical potential variations via pressure or other mechanical deformations. Now, in its nascent stages, a better understanding of PECs will provide significant insights into realizing new approaches to energy storage technologies and energy-related applications.
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