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ETEC Meeting: Roderick Jackson, ORNL & ETEC Annual Business Meeting
December 4, 2015 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Roderick Jackson, PhD
Group leader, Building Envelope Systems Research
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. Roderick Jackson is the group leader for the Building Envelope Systems Research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the technical lead for the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project. Under his leadership, AMIE brought together expertise from multiple research teams across ORNL, partners from industry, and the U.S. Department of Energy. After earning his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Jackson returned to Mississippi and started his own construction company with his father in 2003. He completed his master’s degree while running the business but decided to leave the company in 2005 to pursue his doctorate degree and a growing interest in energy technology and policy. That interest led him to ORNL in 2009, where he began doing research and development in the Buildings Technology Research and Integration Center. He holds a BS, a MS, and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.
Inspired by the power of asking “what if”, the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project (www.ornl.gov/amie) not only asks the tough and non-obvious questions, but showcases an innovation platform to develop, integrate, and demonstrate solutions at game-changing speed and scale. Research teams at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and about 20 industry partners and organizations ventured to ask, “what if” our vehicles could be used to power our buildings and our buildings could be used to power our vehicles? When combined with solar power, energy storage, energy management, and available grid services, could this shared energy vision provide an affordable, reliable, and connected energy system to answer the energy challenges of today? Electricity outages caused by extreme weather events, energy poverty around the globe, and intermittent renewable generation are all issues that are addressed by AMIE. This novel concept leverages rapid innovation through additive manufacturing to connect a natural-gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle to a home designed to produce, consume, and store renewable energy. The building and vehicle components were additively manufactured (3D printed) using ORNL’s advanced manufacturing capabilities. The printed utility vehicle’s (PUV’s) natural gas engine extends vehicle range and produces power for both vehicle and building. Energy flows between the two using fast, efficient bi-directional wireless power transfer—a first for level 2 charging. Finally, energy is stored in the home in recycled batteries that were once used to power an electric vehicle. In this presentation, Dr. Jackson will detail the story of AMIE and how this revolutionary project was successfully accomplished in just nine months.