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From left, researchers Ani Sumant, Ali Erdemir, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Sanket Deshmukh, and Diana Berman combined diamond, graphene, and carbon to achieve superlubricity.
Argonne-developed technology for achieving superlubricity wins 2016 TechConnect National Innovation Award

A graphene-nanodiamond solution for achieving superlubricity developed at Argonne National Laboratory has won a 2016 TechConnect National Innovation Award. Using miniscule diamonds wrapped in graphene, friction can be reduced to almost zero value. This superlubricity effect is a very enticing prospect for industries making everything from computer hard drives to wind turbines.

May 26, 2016
Researchers from Argonne’s Surface and Lubrication Interaction, Discovery and Engineering initiative developed a novel “diamond-like” coating that could prove of great benefit when used to coat equipment for wind turbines, like the bearing in this photo. Pictured from left, Levent Eryilmaz, Giovanni Ramirez, Ali Erdemir and Aaron Greco.
Gone with the wind: Argonne coating shows surprising potential to improve reliability in wind power

A group of researchers from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Akron discovered that a particular form of carbon coating not necessarily designed for wind turbines may indeed prove a boon to the wind industry.

May 17, 2016
Argonne joins crowdsourcing effort

Argonne National Laboratory will join an ongoing crowdsourcing effort established by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop energy efficient building technologies, drawing on the creativity of the American public and technical expertise of the national laboratories.

May 12, 2016
A school bus is fueled with propane in Alvin, Texas as part of an AFLEET case study. (Photo credit: Texas Railroad Commission)
Argonne rolls out new version of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles analysis tool

Argonne is releasing an updated version of its AFLEET tool to reflect the latest advances in alternative fuels and vehicle technologies and updated emissions data. The free, publicly available tool provides users with a roadmap for assessing which types of vehicles and fuels are right for them.

May 9, 2016
Reggie James, a driver for Alpha Bakery in Chicagoland, fills the tank with propane fuel. An Argonne study of Alpha’s propane fleet found the fuel switch reduced greenhouse gas emissions and saved money.
Bakery Switches to Propane Vans

A switch to propane from diesel by a major Midwest bakery fleet showed promising results, including a significant displacement of petroleum, a drop in greenhouse gases and a fuel cost savings of 7 cents per mile, according to a study recently completed by Argonne.

April 21, 2016
Argonne researchers, from left, Assistant Computational Scientist Marta García, Principal Mechanical Engineer Sibendu Som, Mechanical Engineer Janardhan Kodavasal and Senior Software Developer Kevin Harms discuss the results of an important new project that will allow engine designers to perform as many as 10,000 engine simulations simultaneously on the supercomputer, Mira.
Engine design takes a major leap at Argonne

A team with Argonne's Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI) announce that they have completed development of engineering simulation code and workflows that will allow as many as 10,000 engine simulations to be conducted simultaneously on the Mira supercomputer.

April 8, 2016
One of the small businesses with whom Argonne will collaborate is Transient Plasma Systems (TPS) of Torrance, Calif. TPS has developed a new type of ignition system that allows engines to run leaner or tolerate higher levels of recirculated exhaust gas, thereby increasing efficiency. Pictured is Argonne researcher Michael Pamminger working on a test engine that will be used as part of the TPS-Argonne collaboration.
Three clean tech small businesses matched with Argonne in DOE program

Three clean tech small businesses have received vouchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to be redeemed at Argonne as part of DOE’s Small Business Vouchers Pilot program.

March 17, 2016
Director of Argonne’s Energy Sciences Division Don Hillebrand, left, shakes hands with Fred Walas, Fuels Technology Manager at Marathon Petroleum Corporation at the company’s Refining Analytical Development Facility in Catlettsburg, KY.
Argonne and Marathon join forces to optimize fuels and engines

Argonne is partnering with Marathon Petroleum Corporation to look at engines and fuels holistically, optimizing both areas simultaneously in search of greater efficiency. By advancing on both fronts, the researchers hope to make substantial gains that would not be possible by working on engines and fuels individually.

March 9, 2016
Argonne is working with Achates Power and Delphi Automotive to develop an advanced engine that could yield efficiency gains of up to 50 percent. This illustration shows how such an engine operates, with opposed pistons moving toward each other, compressing gasoline until it auto-ignites. Illustration courtesy of Achates Power
Argonne, Achates Power and Delphi Automotive to investigate new approach to engines

Argonne National Laboratory is working with Achates Power, Inc., and Delphi Automotive to develop an innovative new engine that could yield efficiency gains of up to 50 percent over a comparable conventional engine.

February 15, 2016
Researchers will use an ARPA-E award to construct data sets to model electric grids representing several regions. They will use information about population density, land usage and industrial and commercial energy consumption patterns to estimate demand for electricity in a city or region. Also included will be information about where transmission lines are connected, the electrical properties of those lines, where generators are located and what their capabilities are.
Research projects will help optimize grid

Argonne will participate in three projects that recently received multiyear, multimillion-dollar awards from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to develop new computer algorithms to optimize the grid and to develop accurate models on which to test those algorithms.

January 27, 2016