ORNL Designates New National DG User Facility

July 09, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, Oak Ridge, TN) has designated a facility to test distributed generation (DG) energy for building applications. The cooling, heating and power integration laboratory will enable researchers from industries, universities and other institutions to conduct tests on distributed energy products and systems.

The laboratory contains a 30kW microturbine, heat-recovery units and dehumidifiers to test distributed energy sources and projects. The new user facility will enable developers of these projects to do performance and reliability testing.

"This user facility is a key asset to DOE's efforts to develop advanced and cost-effective distributed generation technologies," said Marilyn Brown, director of ORNL's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program.