National Transportation Research Center to Hold First Advisory Board Meeting

The National Transportation Research Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The National Transportation Research Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — The first meeting of the U.S. National Transportation Research Center (NTRC) advisory board has been scheduled for later this month.

The U.S. Department of Energy established the board for the NTRC, which is run by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), to help guide U.S. advanced technology. There are only three automotive suppliers that were chosen to participate in the board meeting, including Eaton Vehicle Group, which will be held on May 30 at the NTRC in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

The objectives of the NTRC advisory board are to:

• Evaluate the facility competencies, associated research portfolio and strategic plans.
• Identify and discuss opportunities and challenges that should influence further facility development.
• Recommend critical new initiatives that the NTRC should pursue over the next one to five years.

Eaton’s Vehicle Group is a technology leader in powertrain technologies. Eaton focuses on affordable solutions that reduce fuel consumption and harmful emissions. Its portfolio includes variable valve actuation technologies, including: cylinder deactivation and advanced engine braking, exhaust gas recirculation pumps, and scavenging pumps, which simultaneously reduce greenhouse and polluting gases.

Eaton’s eMobility business offers a full suite of electrified vehicle (EV) components, including efficient power electronics, electrical power distribution and safety systems, and EV transmissions that are key to compact, cost-effective and energy-efficient EV propulsion.

Extensive NTRC Facilities

The NTRC has research facilities that are focused on power electronics, electric machinery and wireless charging, energy storage, powertrain-in-the-loop, fuels, engines, emissions controls, cybersecurity, and vehicle and mobility systems. With more than 130 active industry partners, the NTRC leverages other ORNL facilities and expertise in materials, biofuels and fuel cells. The NTRC is also involved in high-performance computing and neutron sciences, to address the many challenges to reaching a more sustainable, safe and secure transportation future.

Located a few miles down the road from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the NTRC houses several highly-sophisticated, experimental ORNL research laboratories that constitute the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Transportation Research Center User Facility (NTRC).

As a User Facility, NTRC offers industry, academia, and other agencies the opportunity to access state-of-the-art technologies, equipment and instrumentation, and computational resources to advance transportation technologies. These resources are critical to their efforts in the areas of improving fuel economy, reducing emissions and addressing transportation systems issues, such as traffic congestion, evacuation planning and highway safety.

About Eaton

Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. Its energy-efficient solutions help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more reliably, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through by using power management technologies and services. Eaton employs 99,000 people worldwide, and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. www.Eaton.com