The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has named Claus Daniel as Associate Laboratory Director for Advanced Energy Technologies (AET). He will begin his new role on Monday, May 1.
Daniel will join Argonne from Carrier Corporation, where he leads engineering partnerships and sustainability as part of Carrier’s strategy and innovation team. He manages the effort to decarbonize the product portfolio, with activities spanning 16 time zones in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Carrier, Daniel spent 16 years with DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in a number of roles.
“It is an exciting time for Argonne and its AET directorate, to help shape and advance the country’s goals for a net-zero economy.” — Paul Kearns, Argonne director
Daniel has a proven record of impact. At ORNL, he helped create the strategy that elevated the lab to a key energy storage player among the national labs and was one of the creators of the energy storage multilab consortium. As applied energy programs director, he led the research development and management for a $270M, 400 researcher lab portfolio encompassing intelligent mobility, fossil energy, advanced manufacturing and sustainable electricity and including multilab collaborations as well as industry partnerships.
“During the last couple of centuries, the creation of wealth and economic activity has been directly tied to greenhouse gas emissions,” said Daniel. “Our generation will need to lay the foundation to untie that intimate relationship and enable economic growth and personal wellbeing while reducing and eliminating the emission of greenhouse gases and rebalancing atmospheric carbon concentration. Argonne brings essential expertise, capabilities and facilities to this effort.”
Daniel holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in materials science from the Saarland University and a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from the École Européenne d’ingénieurs en Génie des Matériaux.
“It is an exciting time for Argonne and its AET directorate, to help shape and advance the country’s goals for a net-zero economy,” said Argonne Director Paul Kearns. “Claus brings a vision for talent acquisition and development, facility transformation and partner collaboration to help Argonne drive globally needed solutions to deeply decarbonize the economy in an affordable, equitable and inclusive manner.”
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