The Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Sciences (ACCESS) solves energy-storage problems through laboratory-wide multidisciplinary research.
Focusing on National Security
Unlike commercial applications, storage solutions for national security missions must provide reliable, energy-dense performance under extreme conditions. Through ACCESS, Argonne is:
- Increasing the energy density of batteries, to meet the needs of the military in a more compact size
- Identifying solutions for the nation’s energy grid to enhance national security by limiting the potential vulnerabilities from natural disasters or cyber-attacks
- Improving batteries for renewable energy to enable more robust solutions for unattended monitoring systems used for nuclear nonproliferation safeguards
Collaborating for Results
Argonne, and ACCESS specifically, can develop next-generation energy storage technologies by bringing together world-renowned scientific talent and capabilities. This leading scientific expertise is further enhanced with a research center that understand the unique needs and demands of national security. The Center’s achievements are made possible through the collaborative work with Argonne’s resources, which include:
- Materials Engineering Research Facility
- The Cell Analysis, Modeling and Prototyping Facility
- The Electrochemical Analysis and Diagnostics Laboratory
- The Post-Test Facility
- The Electrochemical Discovery Laboratory
These facilities, along with the Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source are essential for the national security achievements made by ACCESS.
Satellite Energy Storage: Collaborative efforts at Argonne led to the development of a new electrolyte formulation for national security agencies. One of these focused on increasing the energy density of a satellite energy storage system.
Electric Fuel Cells: Argonne developed a specific cathode material for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The coating was specifically developed to improve fuel cells for electric vehicles.