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Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visited the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on November 22 for a two-hour tour, meeting top scientists and engineers as they highlight cutting-edge projects and capabilities that address some of the country’s most complex research and technical challenges. The visit showcased ORNL’s computational capabilities, basic energy science and bioenergy research, grid and electrification innovations, and new advanced manufacturing solutions.
Granholm was joined on her tour by US Representative Chuck Fleischmann and Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch. Granholm virtually visited ORNL on September 28. This is the secretary’s first in-person visit to the lab.
“We are honored to welcome Secretary Granholm to the Oak Ridge Corridor and introduce her to some of the researchers and facilities that enable our world-changing discoveries and innovations,” said ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia . “During her visit, the secretary saw how ORNL offers clean energy solutions and deploys technologies, such as materials for better batteries and wireless charging, to fight climate change. “
Since taking the oath on February 25, Granholm has been pushing for solutions to climate change through efforts such as reducing carbon emissions through electrification. Under his leadership, the department also supports basic science research that stimulates the development of advanced carbon mitigation technologies.
The tour showcased some of ORNL’s brightest scientific and technical minds and showcased selected research activities at the lab’s world-class user facilities, starting with the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility.
Granholm received a preview of the Frontier supercomputer, which is being installed at ORNL and is slated to debut as the world’s first exascale supercomputer for open science. Frontier will join ORNL’s Summit machine, currently the most powerful supercomputer in the country which recently retained its second place on the TOP500 list which ranks the world’s super-systems in terms of speed and computing power.
The group moved to the Advanced Plant Phenotyping Laboratory, a unique plant phenotyping system that provides high-resolution data to accelerate basic science research. They also discussed the laboratory’s leading role for the DOE Bioenergy Innovation Center, which focuses on solutions for a cleaner and greener bioeconomy, including sustainable aviation fuel.
Next, they visited the Neutron Source Spallation, a user facility at the DOE Office of Science, to learn about the lab’s next second target station, which will expand the lab’s existing neutron scattering capabilities to address emerging scientific challenges. Granholm also visited the adjacent Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, another of ORNL’s DOE Office of Science’s leading user facilities, which offers cutting-edge equipment for a wide range of nanoscience research.
Zacharia led Granholm and the group to the laboratory’s satellite campus in Hardin Valley to tour the DOE manufacturing demonstration facility at ORNL. MDF houses integrated capabilities that drive the development of new materials, software and systems for advanced manufacturing, providing solutions to revitalize manufacturing in the United States.
The visit ended at the Grid Research Integration and Deployment Center, or GRID-C, which combines several research activities in electrification in utilities, buildings and vehicles. GRID-C’s unique and versatile research environment enables scientists and partners to access cutting-edge capabilities and world-class expertise to mutually develop innovative technologies for network security, resiliency and reliability. .
In his remarks after the laboratory visit, Granholm underlined the direct impact of the technologies developed by ORNL on the future of the nation. She highlighted ORNL’s efforts in battery science and wireless charging as examples of technologies that will accelerate decarbonization.
“Batteries for the transport sector (as well as) the ability to build an infrastructure that facilitates the transfer of energy from charging stations, while driving along the road, to a vehicle will bring us even closer to the Wider adoption of electric vehicles, “she said.
Granholm then traveled to Chattanooga for a panel discussion on electric vehicle transitions with Fleischmann and Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly.