Energy efficiency

Buildings and Climate-Environment

Buildings consume over 40% of our nation’s total energy and over 75% of its electricity. In order to meet carbon reduction goals, our nation needs to reduce the energy use of both new and existing buildings. Argonne’s Building Energy Decision and Technology Research (BEDTR) team is developing new tools and technologies to support the design, construction, operation, and retrofit of more energy efficient buildings that also provide better comfort and indoor environmental quality for occupants.

Erdemir receives patent for ultra-fast surface hardening technologyAugust 11, 2015

A newly patented technology by Distinguished Fellow Ali Erdemir and his team at Argonne National Laboratory could greatly extend the lifetime of mechanical parts. The team designed a device for ultra-fast boriding, which compared to conventional boriding techniques saves time, money and energy, and even alleviates environmental concerns.

Argonne works with marine industry on new fuelJuly 30, 2015

Argonne has collaborated with Bombardier Recreational Products and the National Marine Manufacturers Association to demonstrate the effectiveness of a fuel blend with 16 percent butane. This blend would incorporate more biofuels into marine fuel without the issues caused by increasing levels of ethanol, which can cause difficulties in marine engines at high concentrations.

Argonne working with Ford and FCA US to study dual-fuel vehiclesJuly 9, 2015

It’s not as challenging as mixing oil and water, but scientists at Argonne are partnering with industry to study a tricky fuel mixing problem that could lead to more efficient engines.

Argonne analysis shows increased carbon intensity from Canadian oil sandsJune 25, 2015

Argonne National Laboratory this week released a study that shows gasoline and diesel refined from Canadian oil sands have a higher carbon impact than fuels derived from conventional domestic crude sources.