Yearly Archives: 2013

New material for solar panels could make them cheaper, more efficient

A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially providing sustainable power cheaper, more efficiently, and requiring less manufacturing time. It also reaches a four-decade-old goal of discovering a bulk photovoltaic material that … Read More »

Selenium sulfide composite cathodes could boost Li-ion battery density

New composite materials based on selenium (Se) sulfides that act as the positive electrode in a rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery could boost the range of electric vehicles by up to five times, according to groundbreaking research carried out at the … Read More »

Design your own energy efficient car

By Elizabeth McCarthy, Medill Reports Chicago — Think you can design an energy efficient car? At Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry you can find out. Pick out engine types, transmission options and features such as stereo systems and paint … Read More »

X-ray vision + fuel injection + particle accelerators = fuel-efficient car engines?

World Industrial Reporter — Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are using particle accelerators as well as X-ray vision to understand how a fuel spray works within a fuel injection system. The findings could potentially be … Read More »

Transformative science: energy efficiency at the national labs

By Ben Dotson, U.S. Department of Energy — In the race to combat global climate change, energy efficiency is the “low hanging fruit” for reducing our carbon footprint. This month on, we’re featuring the Energy Department’s National Labs and their work … Read More »

Capturing carbon dioxide with a small pH change

Carbon Capture: An electrochemical device captures 80% of the greenhouse gas from simulated flue gas By Erika Gebel Berg, Chemical and Engineering News — Coal-fired power plants produce one-third of the carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. Scientists have been … Read More »

The grid of the future

By Jared Sagoff, Argonne National Laboratory — The outlet in your living room doesn’t know a lot—yet. Unaware of whether they are drawing power from wind, solar, gas, or coal plants, the electrical lines that bring us power in many … Read More »

X-ray science taps bug biology to design better materials and reduce pollution

By Meghan Cetera, Argonne National Laboratory — Bug spray, citronella candles, mosquito netting – most people will do anything they can to stay away from insects during the warmer months. But those creepy crawlers we try so hard to avoid … Read More »

ALCF simulations help lay the foundation for better, greener concrete

HPC Wire — Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are conducting simulations at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) to advance the measurement science of concrete and to gain a fundamental understanding of how it flows. … Read More »

ARPA-E awards IIT-Argonne team $3.4M for breakthrough battery technology — Carlo Segre, Duchossois Leadership Professor of Physics at Illinois Institute of Technology, has received a $3.4 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) to develop a breakthrough battery technology that may more … Read More »