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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
"Modernizing the U.S. electrical grid is essential to reducing carbon emissions, creating safeguards against attacks on our infrastructure, and keeping the lights on," said Secretary Moniz.
Argonne to lead 8 DOE Grid Modernization Projects

Argonne National Laboratory will receive about $19 million in funding and will lead eight projects as part of the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium announced earlier today by the U.S. Department of Energy. Argonne will also participate as a partner in 23 other projects.

January 14, 2016
Cast iron can be modified through the manufacturing process to optimize its mechanical and physical properties, such as strength and durability. This property makes it a material of choice for use in the transportation and machinery industries, which rely on cast iron's resistance to wear, deformation, and rusting to design high-performance bridges, tools, and engine parts.
High-energy X-rays give industry affordable way to optimize cast iron

Researchers from Caterpillar and Argonne conducted a proof-of-principle study that shows that high-energy synchrotron X-rays from the Advanced Photon Source can provide a new, affordable way for industry to optimize the mechanical and physical properties of cast iron in the manufacturing process.

December 7, 2015
“Just about all of the really significant innovation we have seen over the last four or five decades has been the result of research that preceded that by 10, 20, or even 50 years,” said Suresh Sunderrajan, director of Argonne’s Technology Development and Commercialization division.
Technologist in Residence pilot program pairs companies with national labs to advance clean energy

The U.S. Department of Energy recently selected representatives from Argonne for three of seven spots in its new Technologist in Residence pilot program, created to increase collaboration between the national laboratories and private-sector companies.

December 1, 2015
The Binary Pseudo-Random Calibration Tool provides the highest resolution ever achieved, 1.5 nanometers, and is used to characterize all advanced imaging systems from interferometers to electron microscopes. Pictured is lithographically produced BPR grating for investigating interferometers.
Argonne researchers win two R&D 100 Awards

Innovative technologies developed by researchers at Argonne and their partners earned two 2015 R&D 100 Awards.

November 16, 2015