The ESB contains a nexus of interdisciplinary research in basic materials design, fundamental chemistry and energy systems research designed to address the nation’s most pressing challenge of the 21st century – clean, affordable, and diverse sources of energy. The ESB also fosters Argonne’s growing partnerships with universities and industry.
Argonne’s Energy Sciences Building houses approximately 200 research personnel dedicated to addressing the world’s most critical energy challenges. The new facility supports the development of highly reliable, safe and long-lived battery systems; revolutionary, efficient and environmentally friendly processes for creating novel feedstocks and fuels; and transformational systems for solar energy production.
The ESB is both a world-class scientific facility and a shining example of sustainable design. When designers came together to plan the ESB, they wanted to create a research environment that was multi-disciplinary rather than hived off in separate departments. The building itself acts as a tool to change the way people work. In an energy laboratory working to solve the world’s biggest energy problems, it was also important that the building be energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable.