Energy Systems Analysis

All stages of energy production have inputs and outputs. Argonne researchers analyze the total production picture and develop tools for members of the public to use in conducting their own assessments.

All stages of energy production have inputs and outputs. Argonne researchers analyze the total production picture and develop tools for members of the public to use in conducting their own assessments.

Consumer behavior, economic conditions and market forces interact on many levels to influence the acceptance of new technologies and their potential impacts on energy efficiency and the environment. The Argonne National Laboratory analysis team includes a diverse group of engineers, technology analysts, economists, policy analysts and planners who work with the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors to assess programs and develop tools for the public to use in calculating potential energy, resource and emissions savings from implementation of new fuels and technologies.

Projects

Biofuel Production

Tools to evaluate the life cycle of new biofuels

GREET

Life-cycle analysis tool to measure the energy use and emissions output for a wide variety of vehicle and fuel combinations

Infrastructure Analysis

Research to identify the best ways to develop needed alternative fuel delivery infrastructure

Techno-Economic Analysis

Research to develop a better understanding of the relationships between economics and technology

Transportation Analysis

Tools and assessments to calculate potential energy, resource and emissions savings from implementation of new fuels and technologies

Water Use and Quality Assessment

Analyzing the effects of increased biofuel production on the quality and quantity of local and regional freshwater resources in areas where energy crops grow