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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
To understand how molecules undergo light-driven chemical transformations, scientists need to be able to follow the atoms and electrons within the energized molecule as it gains and loses energy. In a recent study, a team of researchers at Argonne, Northwestern University and the Technical University of Denmark used the ultrafast high-intensity pulsed X-rays produced by the Linac Coherent Light Source to take molecular snapshots of these molecules. (Illustration by Scott Nychay.)
Seeing energized light-active molecules proves quick work for Argonne scientists

To understand how molecules undergo light-driven chemical transformations, scientists need to be able to follow the atoms and electrons within the energized molecule as it gains and loses energy. In a recent study, a team of researchers at Argonne, Northwestern University and the Technical University of Denmark used the ultrafast high-intensity pulsed X-rays produced by the Linac Coherent Light Source to take molecular snapshots of these molecules.

September 8, 2016
This image shows the distribution of clumps of matter in the full "Outer Rim" simulation, one of the world's largest simulations of the cosmos. Outer Rim was carried out on the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility’s Mira supercomputer. (Credit: Visualization by Silvio Rizzi and Joe Insley, Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF); simulation by the HACC team.)
Two Argonne-led projects among $39.8 million in first-round Exascale Computing Project awards

The Exascale Computing Project today announced its first round of funding with the selection of application development proposals, including three Argonne-led projects.

September 7, 2016
Julie Nuter has been appointed chief human resources officer at Argonne National Laboratory.
Nuter is new Argonne chief human resources officer

Julie Nuter has been appointed chief human resources officer at Argonne National Laboratory, effective August 29, 2016.

September 6, 2016
Researchers with the Argonne Center for Collaborative Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) will partner with industry to improve lead-acid battery performance. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Lead-acid battery companies join forces with Argonne National Laboratory to enhance battery performance

Exploring the unrealized potential of lead batteries is the goal of a new collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory and two leading lead recycling and lead battery manufacturing companies, RSR Technologies and East Penn Manufacturing.

September 1, 2016
Trying to understand a system of atoms is like herding gnats – the individual atoms are never at rest and are constantly moving and interacting. When it comes to trying to model the properties and behavior of these kinds of systems, scientists use two fundamentally different pictures of reality, one of which is called “statistical” and the other “dynamical.” The two approaches have at times been at odds, but scientists from Argonne recently announced a way to reconcile the two pictures.
Argonne theorists solve a long-standing fundamental problem

Trying to understand a system of atoms is like herding gnats – the individual atoms are never at rest and are constantly moving and interacting. When it comes to trying to model the properties and behavior of these kinds of systems, scientists use two fundamentally different pictures of reality, one of which is called “statistical” and the other “dynamical.” The two approaches have at times been at odds, but Argonne scientists have announced a way to reconcile the two pictures.

August 30, 2016
Chicago Department of Transportation workers install the first public Array of Things node at the intersection of Damen and Archer Avenues in Chicago. (image credit: Urban Center for Computation and Data)
Chicago becomes first city to launch Array of Things, an unprecedented urban sensing project

The Array of Things team begins the first phase of the groundbreaking urban sensing project, installing the first of an eventual 500 nodes on city streets. By measuring data on air quality, climate, traffic and other urban features, these pilot nodes kick off an innovative partnership between the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and the City of Chicago to better understand, serve, and improve cities.

August 29, 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
A $16 million U.S. Department of Energy project to accelerate the design of new materials will make use of several national laboratory supercomputers, including the 10-petaflop Mira computer at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.
Energy Department to invest $16 million in computer design of materials

The U.S. Department of Energy will invest $16 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials through use of supercomputers. Resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials will be leveraged for projects.

August 16, 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