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June 23, 2016
Plasma oxidation oven. Photo Courtesy: RMX Technologies
EERE Success Story—Plasma Oxidation of Carbon Fiber Precursor

With the potential to reduce the weight of vehicle components by up to 60%, carbon fiber composites is one of the most promising lightweight materials available to improve vehicle efficiency. However, its current inputs and manufacturing processes are expensive, severely limiting its use in most high-volume vehicle models.

June 1, 2016
A liquid flashing product invented by Dow and evaluated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory can be brushed or sprayed on surfaces to seal gaps, cracks, and seams and improve a building’s energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of Dow.
EERE Success Story—Dow Partners with ORNL to Commercialize Advanced Energy-Saving Sealant for Buildings

A liquid sealant developed by Dow Chemical, and evaluated at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was recognized recently for its superior sealant qualities and performance. LIQUIDARMOR, marketed by Dow, won the 2016 Gold Edison Award for Building Construction & Lighting. The Edison Awards honor the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services.

May 4, 2016
Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills
National Lab-Industry Partnership Develops New Technology, Surpasses DOE Efficiency and Cost Goals

Home heating is the largest energy expense for most U.S. homeowners and accounts for nearly 30% of energy used in the nation’s residential buildings. Millions of homeowners in colder regions of the country do not have natural gas available, leaving furnaces to be fueled with heating oil, propane, or electricity. This can often result in higher heating bills for homeowners.

March 14, 2016
EERE Success Story - Novel Engine Lubrication Anti-Wear Additives Demonstrate Improved Fuel Economy

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been working with General Motors, Lubrizol, and Shell to develop new additives for lubricants that could boost fuel economy by 2% compared to commercially available synthetic oils. These ionic lubricant additives – organic salts that are liquids at ambient temperatures – may also be able to improve durability in addition to vehicle fuel economy. Once commercialized, this technology could be used immediately by drivers to improve fuel economy in their existing cars without needing to purchase a new vehicle.

February 25, 2016
CX-100512 Categorical Exclusion Determination

Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation
Award Number: DE-EE0006926
CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B1.31, B3.6
Advanced Manufacturing Office
Date: 02/25/2016
Location(s): TN
Office(s): Golden Field Office

January 26, 2016
CX-100457 Categorical Exclusion Determination

Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation
Award Number: DE-EE0006926
CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B1.31, B3.6
Advanced Manufacturing Office
Date: 01/26/2016
Location(s): TN
Office(s): Golden Field Office

January 26, 2016
CX-100459 Categorical Exclusion Determination

Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation
Award Number: DE-EE0006926
CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B1.31, B3.6
Advanced Manufacturing Office
Date: 01/26/2016
Location(s): TN
Office(s): Golden Field Office

November 17, 2015
EERE Success Story—ORNL Unveils 3D-Printed Home and Vehicle with the Unique Ability to Power One Another

In September, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) announced successful efforts of the the lab’s Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration. The nine-month project reached its goal of 3D-printing an alternative fuel vehicle and a paired building structure, both featuring the unique ability to power one another.

October 1, 2015
CU-CTV-1-I Wholesale Power Rate Schedule

Area: TVA
System: CU

October 1, 2015
CU-CTVI-1-B Wholesale Power Rate Schedule

Area: Former customers of TVA
System: Cumberland