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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
Principal chemical engineer Jie Li, left, and postdoctoral researcher Alina Yan create coated nanoparticles in a continuous flow reactor. Nanoparticles are key to an ongoing effort at Argonne to create more efficient window films.
Through a glass, warmly: Argonne nanomaterials can help make windows more efficient

A team of Argonne researchers is using nanomaterials to get closer to one of the holy grails of building efficiency technologies: single-pane windows with efficiency as good or better than multipane low-emission windows. The team recently received a $3.1 million award from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to develop a technology that could help achieve that goal.

May 31, 2016
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