Environmental science & technology

Argonne researchers win two R&D 100 AwardsNovember 16, 2015

Innovative technologies developed by researchers at Argonne and their partners earned two 2015 R&D 100 Awards.

Twenty years after ‘95: What climate change means for heat waves, cities and forecastingOctober 1, 2015

Doug Sisterson, a meteorologist at the Argonne National Laboratory, discussed the widespread impacts of climate change at a September 16 forum hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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.

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.

World’s largest climate research site pilots integrated modelingJuly 28, 2015

The next generation of equipment is coming to the world’s largest climate research facility, the Southern Great Plains field measurement site near Lamont, Oklahoma.

Closer look at microorganism provides insight on carbon cyclingJuly 13, 2015

Researchers from Argonne and the University of Tennessee found that microorganisms called archaea living in marine sediments use completely novel enzymes to break down organic matter into carbon dioxide.

Scientists study ways to integrate biofuels and food crops on farmsJuly 7, 2015

Scientists from Argonne are designing ways to improve—and hopefully optimize—land use. In collaboration with the farming community of the Indian Creek Watershed in central Illinois, these researchers are finding ways to simultaneously meet three objectives: maximize a farmer’s production, grow feedstock for bioenergy and protect the environment.