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With the support of a U.S. Department of Energy grant, a team of four institutions thinks that within three years they can bring energy efficiency to your house at one-eighth the cost. (Image by Delpixel/Shutterstock.)
A novel way to power greener homes

Argonne National Laboratory, Colorado-based Air Squared, Inc., Mississippi State University and Purdue University launched efforts to develop the first residential combined heating and power system that uses small generators. The group’s proposal to optimize combined heating and power systems for residential housing earned $2.7 million in seed money in October from ARPA-E.

September 28, 2016
Jeffrey L. Binder has been appointed new Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Global Security at Argonne. (Photo by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory)
Argonne appoints new associate laboratory director for energy and global security

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory announces the appointment of Jeffrey L. Binder to the position of Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Global Security (EGS).

September 21, 2016
Argonne National Laboratory mechanical engineer Wenhua Yu prepares to test a prototype thermal energy storage system developed at Argonne that will charge and discharge 20 times faster than current high-efficiency latent heat thermal energy storage systems. Testing validates the amount of thermal energy that can be stored and how efficiently it can be recovered for concentrated solar power and other potential applications.
Argonne technology puts solar power to work all night long

Current thermal energy storage systems for solar power plants rely on materials of low energy density and thermal conductivity, requiring more material at greater cost to meet storage requirements. To combat this challenge, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory designed an inexpensive thermal energy storage system that will be significantly smaller with over 20 times better thermal performance than current systems.

September 12, 2016
In one of the collaborations, XL Hybrids Inc. of Boston intends to perform chassis dyno testing, validation and improvement of its XL3 hybrid electric upfit for the diesel Isuzu Reach Class 3 truck in Argonne's high-fidelity testing environment.
Energy Department awards five new Argonne-business collaborations under Small Business Vouchers pilot

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the DOE national laboratories.

August 23, 2016
Yan (Joann) Zhou, principal transportation systems analyst, talks to members of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) Clean Vehicles Consortium (CVC), which had its annual meeting at Argonne this month. Zhou is the operations manager of the U.S. CERC-CVC. (photo by Wes Agresta)
Chinese delegation visits Argonne for vehicle research project meeting

More than 100 researchers from the United States and China met at Argonne National Laboratory to begin a new phase of collaboration on development of technologies to enhance vehicle efficiency in the two countries. Argonne is leading the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Clean Vehicles Consortium.

August 16, 2016
Argonne researchers, from left, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Badri Narayanan, Ali Erdemir, Giovanni Ramirez and  Osman Levent Eryilmaz show off metal engine parts that have been treated with a diamond-like carbon coating similar to one developed and explored by the team. The catalytic coating interacts with engine oil to create a self-healing diamond-like film that could have profound implications for the efficiency and durability of future engines. (photo by Wes Agresta)
Argonne discovery yields self-healing diamond-like carbon

A group of researchers at Argonne discovered a revolutionary diamond-like film that is generated by the heat and pressure of an automotive engine. The discovery of this ultra-durable, self-lubricating tribofilm could have profound implications for the efficiency and durability of future engines and other moving metal parts.

August 5, 2016
Argonne, with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, has relaunched IdleBox, an electronic education and outreach toolkit aimed at reducing idling across the country.
Idle hands: New and improved IdleBox tool to aid in reduction of idling

Argonne, with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, has relaunched IdleBox, an electronic education and outreach toolkit aimed at promoting idling reduction across the country. The new IdleBox is now available to anyone seeking an authoritative resource on idling reduction.

July 25, 2016
Switchgrass is one of the five crops modeled for local soil carbon sequestration rates in an Argonne study that predicts the impact of different biofuel crops on soil carbon across the country. (photo credit: hjochen/Shutterstock)
Modeling predicts which counties could store more carbon in soil by growing bioenergy crops

To help stakeholders in government and business make smart decisions about the best types of land and local climates for planting bioenergy crops, researchers at Argonne are using computational modeling to predict which counties could see increases in soil organic carbon from cultivation of crops for biofuels.

July 13, 2016
Chemist Trevor Dzwiniel develops processes for scaling up production of an electrolyte material for batteries in the Materials Engineering Research Facility at Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne is teaming up with Strem Chemicals, Inc., to provide industry and the battery research community with next-generation materials that could improve energy storage. (Photo by Wes Agresta; click to view larger.)
Argonne partners with Strem Chemicals to deliver next-gen battery materials to industry

Argonne has teamed up with Strem Chemicals, Inc. to provide industry and the battery research community with next-generation materials that could improve energy storage. Strem has licensed 23 separate pieces of intellectual property from Argonne and will manufacture and distribute 9 battery solvents and additives.

July 8, 2016
Among the projects that are being supported as part of the first round of funding from DOE's Technology Commercialization Fund is a collaboration between Argonne and ZeaChem, Inc., aimed at improving the processing of biomass-based feedstocks into biofuels and chemicals. (Scanrail1/Shutterstock)
DOE commits more than $1.7 million to help commercialize promising Argonne-associated energy technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it is committing more than $1.7 million in funding to help Argonne and research partners move multiple promising energy technologies to the marketplace. News of the Argonne awards was part of a larger announcement by DOE that, through the first round of funding from its Technology Commercialization Fund, it will award nearly $16 million to support 54 projects at 12 national labs involving dozens of research partners.

June 27, 2016