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Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory modeled several scenarios to add more solar power to the electric grid, using real-world data from the southwestern power utility Arizona Public Service Company. Credit: Shutterstock. (Click image to enlarge)
Argonne researchers use real-world data to model the effect of more solar on the grid

As we add more electricity from renewable sources that can only make electricity when the sun shines or the wind blows, researchers from Argonne have been modeling the power system to help utilities adjust their operations to make sure they can maintain high levels of electricity reliability.

October 10, 2014
Argonne National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy have released a case study examining the environmental and economic costs and benefits of propane school buses.
Can propane school buses save money and provide other benefits?

School districts across the country are looking for ways to save money and be more environmentally sustainable.

October 1, 2014
The Argonne Distinguished Fellow title is comparable in stature to an endowed chair at a top-ranked university and recognizes exceptional contributions in a person's field. The rank is given for sustained outstanding scientific and engineering research and can also be associated with outstanding technical leadership of major, complex, high-priority projects. (Click image to enlarge)
Argonne names Distinguished Fellows for 2014

Argonne has named scientists Paul Messina, Michael Borland, U. (Balu) Balachandran, and Yousry Gohar as Distinguished Fellows, the laboratory’s highest scientific and engineering rank.

September 9, 2014
The temperature inside the combustion chamber of a diesel engine, as modeled by researchers at Argonne. Diesel engines are more efficient than gasoline engines and engineers are looking at ways to make them an even better, more sustainable transportation option.
7 things you might not know about diesel

7 interesting facts about diesel engines, and why they're an option for the sustainably-minded.

June 1, 2014
"I’m a climate modeler, so we’re trying to pin down what’s happening and what might happen, and for that we take the math approach." -Rao Kotamarthi, Argonne atmospheric scientist
Crowdsource: How do we tackle climate change?

"Crowdsource" asks scientists from varying fields to offer their unique perspectives on a universal problem. Today's question: How do we start tackling climate change?

June 1, 2014
Engineers Jason Harper (left) and Daniel Dobrzynski at work in Argonne’s Electric Vehicle Interoperability Center, which seeks to create worldwide standards for electric car plugs and charging stations. Click image to enlarge.
A plug fit for every car

If you can't find a charging cable for your cell phone, it's an inconvenience. But what if you’re away from home and can't find a charging station compatible with your electric vehicle?

June 1, 2014
Prior to joining Argonne, Forrest Jehlik worked in research and development for General Motors. Click to enlarge.
Head of Argonne's Green Racing team takes part in White House's 'Extreme STEM' Hangout

In honor of National Science Week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hosted an "Extreme STEM" Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, April 22. Argonne National Laboratory engineer Forrest Jehlik, who leads the lab's Green Racing program, was among the participants.

April 22, 2014
Aaron Sauers
Argonne Recognized for Excellence in Technology Transfer

Argonne researchers receive 2014 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium

April 11, 2014
Andrey Elagin (left), postdoctoral scholar at the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago, and Matthew Wetstein, the Grainger Postdoctoral Fellow at the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago, adjust the optics in the Large Area Picosecond Photodetector testing facility. The facility uses extremely short laser pulses to precisely measure the time resolution of the photodetectors. Click to enlarge.
Collaboration between varied organizations develops larger, more precise photodetectors for the market

Scientific particle detectors, medical imaging devices and cargo scanners with higher resolutions and cheaper price tags could become a reality, thanks to a three-way collaboration between industry, universities and U.S. national laboratories.

November 5, 2013
Forrest Jehlik, Argonne mechanical engineer
Ask a scientist: Ethanol & car performance

Does ethanol extend or decrease your gas mileage?

September 13, 2013