Get Into Green

Discover how Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s energy and environmental sciences researchers use biology, chemistry, mathematics, computational sciences, and neutrons to develop cutting-edge technologies in transportation, advanced manufacturing, buildings, biosciences, and renewable energy to improve energy efficiency. Visitors to the “Get into Green” science trailer will participate in activities in the microbes/biosciences, 3D printing/additive manufacturing, and the connected vehicles/wireless charging rooms. Along the way, interactive displays will share fun did you know facts designed to test knowledge on ORNL’s environmental sciences impact.


Microbes play many roles in the environment and human health. Microbes are everywhere. They are the most abundant life forms on Earth and live in every environment—from the soil to the deep sea to inside your mouth. Types include bacteria, archaea, viruses, algae, and single-cell eukaryotes. Interactive displays define microbes and outline key types and functions. ORNL researchers customize microbes for biofuels production and study unusual microbes that have never before been grown or analyzed in a laboratory setting.

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing

ORNL has used 3D printing technology to create a variety of objects including: a Shelby Cobra, Printed Utility Vehicle, Submarine, and Precast molds for a New York City high rise. Many different materials are used in additive manufacturing processes including: bamboo, carbon fiber, coal extractions, metal powders, magnets, a turbine blade, automobile fender, prosthetic, and a robotic arm for underwater exploration. Detailed videos show the process in action and how artificial intelligence makes sure they are all made with 100% accuracy.

Connected Vehicles & Wireless Charging

At ORNL, vehicles communicate with signals driven by mathematical equations. ORNL research has shown that connected and automated vehicles can reduce fuel consumption, stabilize traffic flow and improve safety. ORNL is also researching how to charge electric vehicles without plugging them in.

Virtual Facility Tours