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NUFAC's nuclear engineering technology resource is derived from a combination of unique facilities and highly qualified people in a synergistic structure. NUFAC supports a wide variety of programs including designing, operating, and experimenting with nuclear reactors; performing in core testing of reactor fuel and criticality experiments; radiation processing of semiconductor materials; testing of electronic piece parts and components; performing activation analyses; characterizing radioactive materials; and producing radioisotopes.
NREL's Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility (IBRF) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) enables researchers and industry partners to develop, test, evaluate, and demonstrate processes and technologies for the production of bio-based products and fuels.
The IBRF is designed with the following capabilities:
- Versatility in handling a wide range of biomass feedstocks and pretreatment processes;
- Ability to accommodate and incorporate equipment from partners or third-parties into end-to-end process integration and evaluation tests;
- High-quality process performance data generation supported by automated data acquisition and process control systems along with world-class chemical analysis;
- Expertise to integrate multiple technologies for pilot-scale testing and process validation;
- Experience developing intellectual property and helping industrial partners commercialize technologies.
The IBRF is home to the following testing facilities:
- The 27,000-ft2, high-bay biochemical conversion pilot plant, which accommodates bench-to-pilot-scale processes for converting cellulosic biomass into a variety of fuels and chemicals at process throughputs of up to one ton of dry biomass per day;
- The compositional analysis labs, which in addition to producing comprehensive biomass analysis results and standard biomass laboratory procedures, can also customize analytical methods for new sample types;
- And the fuel testing laboratories, where process performance data generated in the IBRF can be incorporated into techno-economic and life-cycle analysis models to estimate market feasibility, cost sensitivities, and environmental sustainability attributes of commercial-scale production.
For more information, please visit the IBRF website.
The Thermal Test Facility (TTF) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on energy management of the built environment. The TTF is a flexible multipurpose laboratory that enables detailed evaluation and development of building and thermal energy systems. Through analysis of efficient heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) strategies, automated home energy management, and energy storage systems, scientists uncover solutions for cost-effectively reducing the nation’s electric demand and energy consumption. TTF researchers also study ways to improve the health and durability of buildings, effectively using available solar resources, and improving the performance of electric vehicle energy storage components and systems. The TTF is home to the following laboratories:
- The Advanced HVAC Laboratory enables rapid, accurate and robust measurement of space conditioning equipment, from bath fan size up to 10-tons;
- The Automated Home Energy Management Laboratory provides flexible test bed for device, whole-house, and grid-level strategies;
- The Hot Water Systems Laboratory provides gas, electric, and solar hot water evaluation;
- The Energy Storage Laboratory is home to the world’s most accurate battery calorimeters of their kind, thermal imaging, battery testers, and environmental chambers, with controlled duty cycling at every step.
For more information, please visit the TTF website.
- Optimize integrated systems to maximize energy savings
- Ensure Occupant comfort and user-friendliness
- Verify cost-benefit numbers
- Train building operators
- Build confidence in new technologiesoth retrofits and new construction.
- Cori - A Cray XC40 with 76,416 compute cores of Intel Xeon ("Haswell") and 658,784 compute cores of Intel Xeon Phi ("Knights Landing"). The Xeon nodes have a total of 307 TB of memory, and the Xeon Phi nodes have a total of nearly 1.1 PB of memory. Cori has 30 PB of disk, 1.8 PB of flash-based storage in a burst buffer, and features the Cray "Aries" high-speed internal network.
- Edison - A Cray XC30 with 133,824 compute cores, 357 TB of memory, 7.56 PB of disk, and the Cray "Aries" high-speed internal network. Edison is optimized for running high-performance parallel scientific codes.
The only facility of its kind in the United States, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) is the largest and highest-powered magnet laboratory in the world. The Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory operates an international user program for research in high magnetic fields. Our pulsed magnets and experimental capabilities are unique in the world and our ability to produce cutting edge science is a major attraction for LANL visitors .Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, the State of Florida and the United States Department of Energy these researchers use our facilities for free, probing fundamental questions about materials, energy and life.
At NETL’s Alloy Fabrication Facility in Albany, OR, researchers conduct DOE research projects to produce new alloys suited to a variety of applications, from gas turbines to medical stents. Once ingots have been shaped into plates, sheets, rods, or other forms at the lab, researchers can better characterize their properties and assess how they can be used in real-world settings. Most work done in the lab involves exposing alloys to intense heat. The lab’s equipment includes a 500-ton hydraulic press and a hot rolling mill. The alloys produced in the lab are highly resilient and may facilitate new energy technologies.
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.
•coupled thermal/mechanical testing from cryogenic to high temperature
•in-situ mechanical testing in microscopes
•high strain-rate testing
•nanoindentation and thin film evaluation
•high force testing
Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at SLAC is one of the pioneering synchrotron facilities in the world, known for outstanding user support and important contributions to science and instumentation. SSRL produces extremely bright X-ray light for probing our world at the atomic and molecular level. More than 1,700 scientists from all over the world use it each year for research that benefits many sectors of the American economy. Their work spurs advances in medicine, energy production, environmental cleanup, nanotechnology and new materials. As one of five light sources funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, SSRL enables research that benefits every sector of the American economy.
At SSRL's experimental facilities, researchers use a range of X-ray techniques to study the structures and properties of matter. By scattering X-rays off of samples, researchers can measure how samples absorb and emit X-rays to determine their electronic properties. This produces images of small and large objects using X-rays as a light source – images that carry information about chemical composition and structural ordering.
Applications of the research performed at SSRL include:
- Building Better Batteries - Scientists around the world are racing to develop cheaper, sturdier, more efficient rechargeable batteries for electric cars, cell phones, laptops and other devices.
- Improving Solar Cells - By packing molecules closer together, scientists have developed a semiconductor material that is among the speediest yet.
- Revolutionizing Electronics - No longer content with materials found in nature or made through trial and error, scientists at SSRL are finding ways to design new materials, in atom by atom detail, that precisely fit society's needs.
By partnering with industry, SSRL has enabled technical advancements that would otherwise not have been possible. Companies use SSRL instruments to help bring discoveries and innovations from theory to reality.