On Monday, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visited ORNL and lauded its research.”The solutions we need to embrace are being worked on here at the lab,” she said, adding that the facility’s technology will help the United States attain 100 percent green energy.”This lab is thinking ahead,” Granholm remarked.According to the official White House website, the Biden administration’s goal is to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
Granholm paid a visit to the GRID-C (Grid Research Integration and Deployment Center) and discussed the lab’s battery, electric vehicle, as well as electric infrastructure research. She was accompanied by Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch and U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, R-Third District. She visited GRID-C initiatives that featured technology to charge electric vehicles faster, recycle batteries more readily, build new batteries in a variety of ways, and safeguard electric networks from disasters.
“This vital grid research will deploy renewable energy generation for decades to come,” Granholm said on Twitter.According to Fleischmann, Granholm met with National Nuclear Security Administration and ORNL officials earlier Monday and discussed not just the lab, but also other projects such as the Uranium Processing Site at the Y-12 facility.
In answer to reporters’ questioning, Granholm stated that the Build Back Better Act will contain more financing for national labs, and she praised Fleischmann for his support of ORNL.She also praised President Joe Biden’s recent signing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, saying it will get better access to broadband internet in Tennessee.