Energy efficiency

2014 BMW i3 BEV

Key Technology

  • Battery Electric Vehicle
  • Motor- Permanent Magnet Synchronous AC, 125 kW, 250 Nm torque
  • Battery- Stated Capacity- (18.8 kWh, 18.1kWh useable), Nominal Voltage- 355.2 V, Lithium-Ion
2014 Smart Electric Drive

Key Technology

  • Compact Battery Electric Vehicle
  • Motor - Permanent Magnet Synchronous AC, 55 kW, 130 Nm torque
  • Battery- 17.6 kWh, Lithium-Ion
Smartgrid EV Communication module (SpEC) SAE DC Charging Digital Communication Controller

Argonne has designed an SAE DC communication controller that enables adding 60–80 miles of range to an Electric Vehicle (EV) in less than 20 minutes.

New catalyst may hasten commercialization of fuel cell vehiclesAugust 25, 2015

Supported by DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office, scientists at Argonne have developed a new fuel cell catalyst using earthly abundant materials with performance that is comparable to platinum in laboratory tests. If commercially viable, the new catalyst could replace platinum in electric cars powered by fuel cells instead of batteries, which would greatly extend the range of electric vehicles and eliminate the need for recharging.

Argonne pushing boundaries of computing in engine simulationsAugust 24, 2015

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.

Behavior-Modifying Technologies for Reducing Water Use

Studying the current state of technologies that save water through behavioral changes and developing a road-map for future research efforts

Uncertainty Analysis and Bayesian Calibration

Developing research to identify and quantify the uncertainties in building energy models, developing Bayesian Calibration methods for reducing the uncertainty and improving building energy models and developing methods for assessing the risks related to uncertainty in building performance and energy savings of building retrofits

Commercial Building Agent-based Model

Developing, testing, and validating an agent based model of the commercial building market for studying the adoption and impact of new technologies on energy use in collections of buildings