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Many experts are increasingly interested in making electricity a local affair. This idea, useful for both cost savings and for backup power, moves the main source of electricity away from remote large-scale plants to smaller local ones. This approach is called distributed energy.
Personalized energy

The local food movement is booming. Can we do the same for electricity?

March 7, 2016
Ask a Scientist: Ask a battery scientist

Jeff Chamberlain, head of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) and external integration officer of the Joint Center for Energy Storage (JCESR) at Argonne, dishes on the next generation of batteries, why new inventions take so long to get to market, and clean room suits for dogs (they exist!).

March 7, 2016
Suresh Sunderrajan is the director of the Technology Development & Commercialization division at Argonne. (Click to view larger.)
Working with Argonne: 5 questions with Suresh Sunderrajan

Sunderrajan took a few minutes out of his schedule to sit down with us and talk business development, Argonne’s role in spurring U.S. innovation, and regional cuisine.

March 7, 2016
Argonne engineer Aaron Greco works to improve the reliability of wind turbines using tribology. (Click to view larger.)
7 things you might not know about tribology

Objects rubbing together cause friction which eventually wears down one or the other surface. Finding ways to reduce this friction—in your knees, in an engine, or in factory machinery—can help scientists develop stronger materials that last longer and slide easier, which increases efficiency.

March 7, 2016
Lab-Corps is a U.S. Department of Energy program aimed at improving the rate of commercialization of technologies created at national labs that are in line with the mission of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. (Click image to view larger.)
Two Argonne teams win pitch competition, advance to national Lab-Corps training program

On April 17, the judges chose these two technologies from a pool of six finalists to participate in the national Lab-Corps training program.

April 24, 2015
Suresh Sunderrajan brings a wealth of experience at major corporations and as a serial entrepreneur. He will take over as Director of Argonne's Technology Development and Commercialization division on April 20.
New Director to lead Technology Development and Commercialization division

Suresh Sunderrajan has been appointed Director of Argonne's Technology Development and Commercialization Division (TDC), effective April 20.

April 2, 2015
Argonne researchers Sibendu Som and Raymond Bair review fuel spray simulations at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. Som and Bair were honored for their work by the Federal Laboratory Consortium. Click image to view larger.
FLC awards researchers for transfer of engine simulation tech

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer has honored a group of researchers at Argonne for working with industry to use supercomputers to conduct engine simulations.

February 9, 2015
The Chicago Innovation Exchange campus is located on 53rd St. on the University of Chicago campus. The facilities include a coffee bar, classrooms and open work and event areas. The space can support the collaborations of up to 300 innovators, mentors and partners surrounded by a community where restaurants, retail stores, hotels and bars all serve as areas to sit, collaborate and innovate. (Click image to enlarge)
Manufacturing serendipity: Chicago Innovation Exchange enhancing regional vitality through researcher/investor collaboration

The Chicago Innovation Exchange leverages the combined expertise of Argonne, Fermilab and the University of Chicago to create and support small businesses originating from discoveries and ideas developed in the lab.

December 1, 2014
LakeSim is an Argonne-developed tool that merges urban design with scientific analysis to aid in the design of 21st century cities. To address the uncertainty of large-scale planning with so many complex variables, LakeSim creators have prototyped a new platform that seeks to help developers plan at massive scales while anticipating the ability to build in future scenarios such as climate change, improved efficiency in buildings and transportation systems, and increased renewable energy and/or micro-grid applications. Image by Mitch Romanowski & Mary Jo Koelbl/Argonne National Laboratory. (Click image to enlarge).
Designing future cities

LakeSim is an Argonne-developed tool that merges urban design with scientific analysis to aid in the design of 21st century cities. LakeSim uses current architectural and energy data to make forecasts for designers on long-term large-scale developments.

October 7, 2014
Argonne Laboratory Director Peter Littlewood (left) talks with a small business owner during the second annual "Doing Business with Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories" event. Click to enlarge.
More than 150 attend second joint Argonne-Fermilab small business fair

On Thursday, Aug. 28, Illinois' two national laboratories – Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories – joined forces for the second year in a row to host their popular small business fair.

September 2, 2014