Argonne’s transportation research efforts bring together scientists and engineers from many disciplines to find cost-effective solutions to critical issues like foreign-oil dependency and greenhouse gas emissions.
As one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s lead laboratories for research in hybrid powertrains, batteries, and fuel-efficient technologies, Argonne's transportation program is critical to advancing the development of next-generation vehicles. Patented technologies created by Argonne — including solutions for the smart grid, electric vehicles, emissions control and more — will help our nation conserve energy and protect the environment.
Argonne works with existing and start-up businesses to license our technologies and to develop, analyze, and test new and emerging technologies.
- Provides open architecture to support the rapid integration and analysis of powertrain/propulsion systems and technologies
- A self-renewing, exceptionally hard and slick metal coating with excellent wear protection for use in multiple industries
- Placement in combustion chamber provide accurate oxygen-sensing, extremely low drift
- 2-10% energy saving from sensor optimization of air-flow ratio and fuel oil viscosity
- Reduces NOx emissions as much as 70%, with only 2% nitrogen enrichment of intake air
- Ability to retrofit existing engines with the technology
- Aids in development of advanced technologies for reducing particulate emissions, thereby reducing human exposure
- Diesel engine makers can use to evaluate diesel particulate emissions; refining companies can use it for evaluating fuel quality; and regulatory agencies can use for checking on-road vehicle compliance for emissions
- Enables an existing engine to function with a smaller radiator and cooling system
- Increases heat removal by 46%, over conventional radiator
- Warm-up not required, and responds in less than 75 milliseconds in a 2% hydrogen atmosphere
- Ultra-thin layering allows an application of $50 worth of palladium to approximately 16,000 sensors
- Can be retrofitted to existing engines
- Significantly reduces NOx emissions (as much as 70%) with just a 2% nitrogen enrichment of intake air
- Conforms to Society of Automotive Engineers’ specifications for DC fast-charging
- Provides faster recharge rates
- Minimizes the burden on the power grid and provides significant benefits to electric utilities by providing a frequency-responsive load
- Small, inexpensive to manufacture and easy to install