Argonne National Laboratory

Influencing the future of vehicles, fuels

Argonne’s transportation research efforts bring together scientists and engineers from many disciplines to find cost-effective solutions to critical issues like foreign-oil dependency and greenhouse gas emissions.

As one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s lead laboratories for research in hybrid powertrains, batteries, and fuel-efficient technologies, Argonne's transportation program is critical to advancing the development of next-generation vehicles. Patented technologies created by Argonne — including solutions for the smart grid, electric vehicles, emissions control and more — will help our nation conserve energy and protect the environment.

Argonne works with existing and start-up businesses to license our technologies and to develop, analyze, and test new and emerging technologies.

Catalytically Active Nanocomposite Coatings

  • A self-renewing, exceptionally hard and slick metal coating with excellent wear protection for use in multiple industries

Compact, Low-Cost Bi-functional NOx/Oxygen Sensors for High-Temperature Applications

  • Placement in combustion chamber provide accurate oxygen-sensing, extremely low drift
  • 2-10% energy saving from sensor optimization of air-flow ratio and fuel oil viscosity

Effective Alternative to EGR: Novel Application of Air Separation Membranes

  • Reduces NOx emissions as much as 70%, with only 2% nitrogen enrichment of intake air
  • Ability to retrofit existing engines with the technology

Exhaust Analyzer

  • Aids in development of advanced technologies for reducing particulate emissions, thereby reducing human exposure
  • Diesel engine makers can use to evaluate diesel particulate emissions; refining companies can use it for evaluating fuel quality; and regulatory agencies can use for checking on-road vehicle compliance for emissions

Hybrid Radiator Cooling System

  • Enables an existing engine to function with a smaller radiator and cooling system
  • Increases heat removal by 46%, over conventional radiator

Fast, Sensitive and Reliable Hydrogen Sensor

  • Warm-up not required, and responds in less than 75 milliseconds in a 2% hydrogen atmosphere
  • Ultra-thin layering allows an application of $50 worth of palladium to approximately  16,000 sensors

Novel Application of Air Separation Membranes Reduces NOx Emissions

  • Can be retrofitted to existing engines 
  • Significantly reduces NOx emissions (as much as 70%) with just a 2% nitrogen enrichment of intake air

Smart Grid EV Communication (SpEC) Module

  • Conforms to Society of Automotive Engineers’ specifications for DC fast-charging
  • Provides faster recharge rates

Smart Frequency-Sensing Charge Controller for Electric Vehicles

  • Minimizes the burden on the power grid and provides significant benefits to electric utilities by providing a frequency-responsive load
  • Small, inexpensive to manufacture and easy to install

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