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ORNL is pursuing advanced manufacturing research and development with TPI Composites’ Rhode Island production facility, which makes large-scale composite wind blades.

Value of contracts awarded $560K
40% Percentage to small businesses
59% Percentage to educational institutions
Publications authored with Rhode Island institutions 59
ORNL User Facilities Users in Rhode Island
Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility 5
Spallation Neutron Source 3

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.


ORNL, TPI Composites’ Rhode Island production facility, and the University of Maine are partnering to advance 3D printing for large-scale composite wind blades. The University of Maine is a leader in additive manufacturing and wind energy technology. ORNL is contributing its recognized expertise in additive manufacturing, carbon fiber technology, and materials science to support the advancement of this leadership and to help position TPI to put this technology into practice.


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