ORNL and the National Energy Technology Laboratory, which has a campus in Albany, have worked closely to bring expertise and resources to bear on the need for transformational innovations and technological advancements in energy sciences. ORNL has also licensed a genetic technology for commercial use to GreenWood Resources, a laboratory partner in the Center for Bioenergy Innovation. The center, which focuses on creating sustainable biofuels, also uses field research sites in several Oregon locations.
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.
DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory in Albany is building on a long history of developing new metallurgical processes. NETL continues its legacy of making unique contributions to materials science through its partnerships with metals manufacturers located in the region, thereby serving as an important economic catalyst for the state.
As part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency, or ULTIMATE, program, ORNL is partnered with NETL and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to advance the development of structural materials that can withstand the highest temperatures in a turbine, as well as the extreme stresses imposed on turbine blades.
NETL operates three sites in Albany, Oregon; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The lab delivers integrated solutions to enable the transformation to a sustainable energy future. NETL implements strategies and technologies to enable a decarbonized future and meet net-zero emission goals, including carbon management, advanced hydrogen technologies, integrated energy systems, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and sustainable fuels and chemicals.
GreenWood Resources is a partner in the Center for Bioenergy Innovation, which focuses on engineering better plants and microbes to produce sustainable, cost-competitive biofuels and bioproducts. GreenWood also licensed an ORNL technology that arose from the discovery of a gene in poplar trees that makes it easier to convert them into biofuels.
Field sites for the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Research Centers, such as CBI, are located in Clatskanie and Corvallis, Oregon. These sites encompass populations of genetically diverse poplar trees used to conduct research that helps identify characteristics such as hardier trees that yield more biomass for production of biofuels and bioproducts.
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