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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
Argonne studies show that shale oil production generates greenhouse gas emissions at levels similar to those of traditional crude oil production.
Analysis shows greenhouse gas emissions similar for shale, crude oil

Argonne has released a pair of studies on the efficiency of shale oil production excavation. The reports show that shale oil production generates greenhouse gas emissions at levels similar to traditional crude oil production.

October 15, 2015
Argonne principal mechanical engineer Sibendu Som (left) and computational scientist Raymond Bair discuss combustion engine simulations conducted by the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI). The initiative will be running massive simulations on Argonne’s Mira supercomputer to gain further insight into the inner workings of combustion engines. (Click image to view larger.)
Argonne pushing boundaries of computing in engine simulations

Researchers at Argonne will be testing the limits of computing horsepower this year with a new simulation project from the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative that will harness 60 million computer core hours to dispel uncertainties and pave the way to more effective engine simulations.

August 24, 2015
Argonne researchers Osman Eryilmaz (left) and Gerald Jeka (right) recover industrial parts from the large-scale ultra-fast boriding furnace after a successful boriding treatment. This process for extending the lifetime of mechanical parts, which just received its U.S. patent, saves time, money and energy compared to conventional technique, and even alleviates environmental concerns. (Click image to view larger.)
Erdemir receives patent for ultra-fast surface hardening technology

A newly patented technology by Distinguished Fellow Ali Erdemir and his team at Argonne National Laboratory could greatly extend the lifetime of mechanical parts. The team designed a device for ultra-fast boriding, which compared to conventional boriding techniques saves time, money and energy, and even alleviates environmental concerns.

August 11, 2015
Jeff Wasil (front) of Bombardier Recreational Products and John Adey of the American Boat and Yacht Council testing the 16 percent butanol fuel. Photo by Thomas Wallner, Argonne National Laboratory. (Click image to view larger.)
Argonne works with marine industry on new fuel

Argonne has collaborated with Bombardier Recreational Products and the National Marine Manufacturers Association to demonstrate the effectiveness of a fuel blend with 16 percent butane. This blend would incorporate more biofuels into marine fuel without the issues caused by increasing levels of ethanol, which can cause difficulties in marine engines at high concentrations.

July 30, 2015
Argonne researcher Jim Sevik tightens the fuel rail on a natural gas direct-injection system at the lab. The engine is an automotive size single-cylinder research engine that operates with gasoline as well as natural gas. (Click to view larger.)
Argonne working with Ford and FCA US to study dual-fuel vehicles

It’s not as challenging as mixing oil and water, but scientists at Argonne are partnering with industry to study a tricky fuel mixing problem that could lead to more efficient engines.

July 9, 2015