Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. ORNL’s mission is to deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs that will accelerate the development and deployment of solutions in clean energy and global security while creating economic opportunities for the nation.

ORNL was established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project and pioneered plutonium production and separation. Today, ORNL is home to the Spallation Neutron Source and the High Flux Isotope Reactor – two powerful neutron science facilities, and the world’s most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer, Summit.

For a general overview of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, including its core capabilities, visit ORNL's Solution Center profile or their home page. Learn more about individual user facilities below or by visiting ORNL's user facilities page.
Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Technologies Research & Integration Center (BTRIC) user facility is the premier U.S. research facility devoted to the development of technologies that improve the energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of residential and commercial buildings.

BTRIC identifies and develops energy-efficient building system technologies by forming partnerships between the Department of Energy (DOE) and private industry for technology development and analysis, well-characterized laboratory and field experiments, and market outreach.

ORNL buildings research is multidisciplinary in nature, with BTRIC providing unique experimental capabilities. With facilities strategically located throughout the ORNL campus, the Center provides scientists and engineers with unmatched access to a broad array of laboratories, tools, and apparatuses designed to help industry partners accelerate products to market that will maximize cost-effective building energy efficiency.

MAXLAB, the most recent addition to BTRIC, the Maximum Building Energy Efficiency Research Laboratory, houses a high-bay area for envelope research and a low-bay area for equipment research.

The BTRIC user facility was established by DOE’s Office of Building Technology State and Community Programs as a designated National User Facility. The facilities are available to manufacturers, universities, and other organizations for proprietary and nonproprietary research and development. Access to these unique facilities and capabilities is obtained through user agreements, Work for Others (WFO) arrangements, and cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs).

For more information, please visit the BTRIC website or contact: 

Ronald Ott
Manager, Building Technologies Program
(865) 574-5172

Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is home to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF)—a 42,000 sq. ft. innovative technology facility. The CFTF offers a highly flexible, highly instrumented carbon fiber line for demonstrating advanced technology scalability and producing market-development volumes of prototypical carbon fibers and serves as the last step before commercial production scale.

The facility, with its 390-ft. long processing line, is capable of custom unit operation configuration and has a capacity of up to 25 tons per year, allowing industry to validate conversion of their carbon fiber precursors at semi-production scale.

For more information, please visit the CFTF website or contact: 

Merlin Theodore
Director, Carbon Fiber Technology Organization
(865) 576-6569

Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF)

The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is DOE’s first such facility established to provide affordable and convenient access to R&D expertise, facilities, and tools to facilitate rapid adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. workforce.  Oak Ridge National Laboratory is able to meet this expectation by integrating the foundational science expertise at ORNL with a growing industrial network that creates new synergies, thought leadership, and successful execution on complex projects. The MDF is designed to reduce technical risk and support the business case for private investment in new production technologies that will reduce life-cycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions, lower production cost and create new products and opportunities for high paying jobs.

For more information, please visit the MDF website or contact: 

William H Peter
Director, Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF)

The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) is charged with helping researchers solve some of the world’s most challenging scientific problems with a combination of world-class high-performance computing (HPC) resources and world-class expertise in scientific computing.

As a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, the OLCF offers leadership-class computing resources to researchers from government, academia, and industry who have many of the largest computing problems in science. Every year, researchers use OLCF resources to achieve breakthroughs ranging from understanding the smallest building blocks of matter to how supernovae spread elements across the universe. The OLCF supports research in biology, chemistry, seismology, engineering, energy, and many other fields. OLCF simulations have improved the safety and performance of nuclear power plants, turbomachinery, and aircraft; accelerated development of new drugs and advanced materials; and informed design of an international fusion reactor. The simulations have explored hurricanes, biofuels, neurodegenerative diseases, and clean combustion for power and propulsion. Research challenges remain, and OLCF resources can help.

The OLCF’s flagship supercomputer, the IBM AC922 Summit, is supported by world-class data management and analysis tools. Additionally, the center hosts the Cray XK7 Titan system through 2019. The next chapter in the OLCF’s legacy is taking shape in the form of Frontier, which is slated to be the OLCF’s first exascale system by 2022.

For more information, please visit the OLCF website or contact:

Suzy Tichenor
Director, Industrial Partnerships Program
(703) 413-7846