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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.
NETL’s Hybrid Performance Laboratory in Morgantown, WV, focuses on hybrid systems that pair fuel cells with gas turbines. Combining fuel cells and turbines in unified systems can generate power more fuel-efficiently and with less environmental impact than either fuel cells or turbines alone. However, hybrid systems are more complex than their conventional counterparts, and they present a different set of issues. The lab couples simulations and physical hardware so that researchers can investigate a fully integrated system. Researchers use the lab to study the behavior of hybrid systems and observe the effects of new control strategies without actually having to implement new technologies. The Hybrid Performance Laboratory helps researchers gain insight into the use of hybrid systems to conserve resources and make fossil fuels more environmentally friendly.