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The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is a Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility that provides users from around the world with access to state of the art expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment with a focus on nanoscience integration. Integration is the key to exploiting the novel properties of nanoscale materials and creating new technologies. CINT’s scientific staff and capabilities are organized around four interdisciplinary science thrusts which address different challenges in nanoscience integration.
- In-Situ Characterization and Nanomechanics: Developing and implementing world-leading capabilities to study the dynamic response of materials and nanosystems to mechanical, electrical, or other stimuli
- Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials: Discovery, synthesis, and integration of optical nanomaterials; exploitation and characterization of emergent or collective electromagnetic and quantum optical phenomena, from nanophotonics and metamaterials to quantum coherence.
- Soft, Biological and Composite Nanomaterials: Synthesis, assembly, and characterization of soft, biomolecular, and composite nanomaterials that display emergent functionality.
- Quantum Materials Systems: Understanding and controlling quantum effects of nanoscale materials and their integration into systems spanning multiple length scales.
Interested parties may access the facility via the General User or Partner User access agreements. General Users are individuals or groups who need access to the CINT Facilities to carry out their research using one or more CINT capabilities. Access is requested through a semi-annual, peer-reviewed proposal process. Partner Users are individuals/groups/institutions who not only carry out research at CINT but also enhance the capabilities or contribute to the operation of the Center through new facility instrumentation or the support of personnel.
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).
- Private sector organizations can contract for use of these facilities and services through a Designated Technology Deployment Center Agreement.
- Government organizations can contract with Sandia through a Work for Others Agreement.
NETL’s Mechanical Testing Laboratory in Albany, OR, helps researchers investigate materials that can withstand the heat and pressure commonly found in fossil energy systems. They use the lab’s state-of-the-art equipment to test the mechanical behavior and performance of materials—in particular, how much pressure it takes to compress them, how much they can be stretched before they break, how they behave in response to cyclical mechanical loads, and under what circumstances they become deformed. They also conduct impact testing to determine a material’s toughness when it experiences a sudden blow, and hot hardness testing to determine how hard a material remains under drastic heating. The knowledge gained from these experiments speeds the development of materials that are rugged enough to be used in the demanding environments associated with cutting-edge energy systems.
These techniques include structural, compositional, and trace analysis probes with the goal of understanding, at atomic and molecular levels, the chemical transformations that occur during battery charging and discharging.
The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) houses an unparalleled collection of state-of-the-art capabilities to study clean energy technologies at all scales—from developing and validating individual appliances or components to running megawatt-sized grid simulations.
The ESIF is the nation’s first research facility that can conduct megawatt-scale research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of the components and systems needed to seamlessly integrate advanced energy technologies into an evolving grid infrastructure. Through a combination of RD&D tools and approaches, the ESIF helps researchers, entrepreneurs, utilities, and other stakeholders identify and resolve the technical, operational, and financial risks of large-scale integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
The ESIF is also home to Eagle—the largest high performance computer (HPC) in the world exclusively dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Eagle delivers 8 petaflops of computational power that can be used for EERE-funded programs or mission-related work, or for collaborative projects with a growing user community. Designated as an official U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) user facility, ESIF’s scientific capabilities—researchers, instruments and facilities—are available for use by the global research community. Through its user access program, the ESIF allows researchers access to its premier laboratories in support of research and development that aims to optimize our entire energy system at full power.
Requests for access to the ESIF are accepted on an ongoing basis, depending on availability. Various types of solicitations for proposals are also posted throughout the year.