Renewable energy

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.

Perovskite solar technology shows quick energy returnsJuly 17, 2015

Silicon-based solar panels, which dominate the market for solar power, usually need about two years to “pay back” the energy used to make them. But for technology made with perovskites—a class of materials causing quite a buzz in the solar research community—the energy payback time is only two to three months.

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.

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.

Argonne chemist receives Eni Award for work with thermoelectricsJune 15, 2015

Chemist Mercouri Kanatzidis of Argonne National Laboratory has received the Eni Award for Renewable Energy.