2010 Press Coverage
L'Arena: Elia Helps Invent New Nuclear Reactors
December 2010 -- Argonne researcher Elia Merzari is featured in this Italian language article in L'Arena. Read the story.
Huffington Post: Why America Needs a 21st Century Power Grid
December 26, 2010 -- Argonne National Laboratory Director Eric Isaacs writes about the need for long-term, strategic investment in our power grid that will make it possible to capture and store wind- and solar-generated energy and transmit it quickly and efficiently to businesses, manufacturers, and consumers nationwide. Read the story.
R&D Magazine: New Economy, New Playbook: Part 6
December 10, 2010 -- Will Elias answers the following questions regarding Argonne's battery research: What specifics discoveries or breakthroughs has your organization made that embody the spirit of innovation? Please describe the support for these technologies your organization has had for sponsor or collaborators? Finally, please describe your funding situation. Read the story.
Wired Autopia: Automakers Plug and Play with Autonomie
December 14, 2010 -- When automakers develop new vehicles, they need to know which combination of components is optimal for the vehicle's intended use. Read the story.
Big Ten Network: The search for the "ANSER" to solar energy
December 8, 2010 -- This video report takes a close look at a unique collaboration between Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory. Its mission is to explore the basic science of solar energy and to look for discoveries that may make the type of energy more useful to mankind. Watch the video.
New York Times: Preparing Students to Roll Off the Campus and Into Big Automotive Jobs
November 24, 2010 -- Lynn Gantt is bracing his team for the final year of a very high-stakes competition. He is one of two team leaders on Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's EcoCar project, a three-year vehicle design contest sponsored by the Department of Energy. Read the story.
Chicago Tribune: Tollway, Argonne Lab to work on green projects
November 19, 2010 -- The Illinois Tollway and Argonne National Laboratory have announced a three-year partnership to study and develop energy-efficient technologies. Read the story.
Electric Perspective: Starting Point column by Argonne director Eric Isaacs
September/October 2010 -- The director of Argonne National Laboratory says that a strong link between basic research and industry and a dedication to innovation ecology are critical to the long-term economic health and security of the United States. Read the story.
Crain's Cleveland Business: BASF breaks ground in Elyria for plant to supply materials for lithium-ion batteries
October 27, 2010 -- BASF is one of only two licensed suppliers of Argonne National Laboratory's patented Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese cathode materials, which employ what the company said is "a unique combination of lithium and manganese-rich mixed metal oxides." Read the story.
Wired Autopia: Proving the Merits of Green Racing
October 26, 2010 -- When you think about combining automotive racing with environmentalism, it presents a potential battle royal of stereotypes. Read the story.
CNN: The new fear: Electric car 'range anxiety'
October 20, 2010 -- "The charge infrastructure is going to be something that people adapt to," said Ted Bohn, an electrical engineer at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, Illinois. "It's like you get used to charging your cell phone battery or your laptop battery, you know when you need to plug in." Read the story.
VOA News: Chicago Lab Promotes Advances in Green Diesel Technology
October 13, 2010 -- When people think of diesel, images of loud engines, and dirty, smelly exhaust fill the mind of drivers in the U.S. who turned away from the technology in the 1980s. "You think of smoke and buses. You think of the truck you were stuck behind that the engine was way out of speck and the black cloud that you were in," noted Don Hillebrand, the director of Transportation Research at the Energy Department's Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago. Hillebrand leads a team of engineers advancing diesel technology. Read the story and watch the video.
Foreign Policy: The Great Battery Race
October 12, 2010 -- Jeffrey Chamberlain is into the "dry room," a state-of-the-art, moisture-proof chamber customized for fiddling with the exacting technology of advanced lithium-ion batteries. Chamberlain, the 44-year-old manager of a scientific team at the U.S. Energy Department's Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, walks over to a machine loaded with giant rolls of white plastic film. Peering through plastic protective glasses, he explains how the film is coated. Read the story.
C&EN News: Fighting Friction
October 11, 2010 -- According to Argonne Section Leader George Fenske, engine friction consumes 10% of a car’s or truck’s fuel. In the U.S., that works out to about 1.4 million barrels of oil wasted per day. At $60 per bbl, that is almost $31 billion worth of petroleum lost in automobile engines every year. “We call it the 10% incentive. If you can reduce the friction losses, you can get significant savings in fuel consumption,” Fenske explains. Read the story.
Chicago Tonight: Electronic Voting
October 11, 2010 -- Is it possible commit voter fraud even without being in a voting booth? One researcher at the Argonne National Laboratory says it is -- and his team has discovered how. We find out about that and other electronic voting machine vulnerabilities...and what can be done about it. Watch the video.
ABC7 Chicago: 'Green' race cars speed into focus at Argonne
October 8, 2010 -- Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are working to make muscle cars environmentally friendly. Read the story.
The Economist: The Difference Engine: Going electric
October 8, 2010 -- The most remarkable thing about the new Nissan Leaf—the world’s first fully electric family car to go into mass production—is that it is so utterly unremarkable. Read the story.
Autoblog Green: Don't put gasoline in your diesel engine, unless you work at Argonne
October 4, 2010 -- What do you get when you cross a diesel engine with its gasoline counterpart? If Steve Ciatti, a mechanical engineer at Argonne National Laboratory has anything to say about it, it'd be an offspring that is genetically superior to its parents. Read the story.
Wired Autopia: EcoCAR Challenge Team Profile: Mississippi State University
October 4, 2010 -- We caught up with the team from Mississippi State University while they were attending a workshop at the headquarters of lead EcoCAR sponsor MathWorks. Along with the fifteen other teams, Mississippi State received advanced training in MathWorks’ modeling software in preparation of getting their vehicles showroom ready. Read the story.
Bradenton Herald: Argonne-BASF collaboration wins Deals of Distinction award
September 29, 2010 -- The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and BASF are being awarded for a worldwide licensing agreement for the mass production and marketing of Argonne’s patented lithium-stabilized NCM (Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese-oxides) cathode materials. Read the story.
Wired Autopia: Making Diesel Engines Burn Gasoline
September 27, 2010 -- One of the cool things about working at Argonne National Laboratory is exploring new ideas. I’ve worked on a lot of combustion technologies, including hydrogen, but right now I’m doing something really unusual — burning gasoline in a diesel engine. Read the story.
Power Grid International: Smart Planning for a Smart Grid
September 2010 -- Piece by piece across the United States, the ingredients of a smart grid—a 21st century improvement to the power grid that uses real-time monitoring to improve efficiency, reliability and economy—are coming together. What technology is already in play? What must be developed, and how can national laboratories such as Argonne help put these pieces together? Read the story.
New York Times: 3 Teams Win Automotive X Prize
September 16, 2010 -- Teams from Virginia, North Carolina and Winterthur, Switzerland, with roots in the world of auto racing have won the first Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, the $10 million competition aimed at advancing the technology for more fuel-efficient vehicles. Read the story.
Wired Autopia: Dyno-Testing the Automotive X Prize Finalists
September 9, 2010 -- The finish line of the Progressive Automotive X-Prize is finally in sight. Argonne's Mike Duoba blogs about the lab's role in the competition. Read the story.
Green Car Reports: A Look At What's Cooking At Argonne National Laboratory
September 4, 2010 -- The lab spends a fair amount of time on transportation research--up to 10 percent of what the lab does revolves around transportation--as it looks towards the future of fuels used to power the nation's fleets. Read the story.
Crain's Chicago Business: U.S., Chinese scientists gather at Argonne for hybrid, electric battery research session
August 31, 2010 -- About 100 U.S. and Chinese scientists and government officials are meeting today at Argonne National Laboratory to explore ways to collaborate and accelerate advanced battery research for hybrid and electric vehicles. Read the story.
Autoblog Green: Well-to-wheel emissions of plug-in-hybrids will be all over the map
August 24, 2010 -- One of the major benefits of plug-in vehicles is the ability to operate without any direct emissions while also diversifying the possible energy sources used for transportation. Read the story.
Cars.com: Your Tax Dollars at Work - Argonne Lab's Diesel Research
August 24, 2010 -- The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago is synonymous with the rise of nuclear power in the last century, but it's currently improving a technology that could already be sitting in your garage: the diesel engine. Read the story.
Southtown Star: Car tour showcases diesel engines in 'greener' light
August 21, 2010 -- Diesel fuel soon may clear the smog from its name. New advances in clean diesel technology have enabled the fuel to be more energy efficient and reduce the emission of air pollutants. Read the story.
AnnArbor.com: For University of Michigan grad, running Argonne National Lab's auto test facility is 'cutting-edge' experience
August 19, 2010 -- With a row of colorful computer screens in the control room and an amber warning strobe flashing in the dynamometer chamber, the lanyard that holds Glenn Keller’s name tag offers some comfortingly familiar tones: maize and blue. Read the story.
PluginCars.com: Don’t Dumb Down Window Stickers for Plug-in Cars
August 9, 2010 -- For more than a half-century, consumers have associated vehicle fuel consumption with a single number: the federal government's Miles Per Gallon rating. What number can replace the MPG window sticker for a plug-in hybrid or electric car? Mike Duoba is quoted. Read the story.
Daily Herald: All about green cars - and not just expensive ones
August 1, 2010 -- What about the vast majority of us, who want to drive green but don't have the cash for a $41,000 car? Argonne National Laboratory's Don Hillebrand, a mechanical engineer, has got some picks. Read the story.
Daytona Beach News-Journal: Green car passes test at NSS
July 28, 2010 -- In a telephone interview, Jehlik said he has not yet finalized the green racing research data collected at NSS, but he can say it was a success. Read the story.
Scientific American: 9 Automotive X PRIZE competitors move on to the final round
July 27, 2010 -- The original field of 136 experimental vehicles vying for a $10 million prize in Progressive Insurance's Automotive X PRIZE competition has been whittled down to just nine finalists. Read the story.
Autoblog Green: Argonne study makes the case for a propane-powered automotive future
July 26, 2010 -- In the alternative energy vehicle category, the choices run the gamut from battery-powered and solar, to diesel, wind-driven and everything in between. Though often overlooked, propane-powered vehicles also make the exhaustive list of alt-energy vehicles. Read the story.
VOA News: China's Science Minister Visits Argonne Laboratory to Study Alternative Fuel
July 22, 2010 -- In a report recently published by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, China has surpassed the United States as the leading emitter of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Read the story.
Daytona Beach News-Journal: Go green goal
July 15, 2010 -- Racing history may one day look back at Forrest Jehlik and his rag-tag band of volunteer engineers and technicians, who have worked in oven-like heat at New Smyrna Speedway this week, and say, "That is where the green-racing revolution began." Read the story.
CNNMoney.com: Don't believe a word about electric cars and the coming lithium shortage
July 12, 2010 -- There are rumblings in the press that the auto industry switching from petroleum to lithium is simply shifting from one finite resource to another. Read the story.
R&D Magazine: Argonne researchers recharge plug-in vehicle standards
July 1, 2010 -- Mike Duoba, a principal mechanical engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, and his colleagues are celebrating the recent approval of SAE J1711. Read the story.
International Business Times: Hybrids Often Greener in the Other State
June 25, 2010 -- The ability of a plug-in electric vehicle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions depends on where you live, according to a report from Argonne National Laboratory. Read the story.
Scientific American: Interactive Feature - The Dirty Truth Behind Plug-in Hybrids
June 22, 2010 -- This Web-only article is a special rich-media presentation of the feature, "The Dirty Truth about Plug-in Hybrids," which appears in the July 2010 issue of Scientific American. View the article.
New York Times: USGS's Lithium Find Means Little for Mythical Shortfall
June 21, 2010 -- Proponents and critics of electric vehicles both talk about how a global shortage of lithium might hinder adoption of battery-based auto technologies. But experts say new lithium finds are largely irrelevant to advanced battery production, as concerns over a shortage of the material are overblown. Read the story.
National Journal Magazine: Crude Habit - No other nation is so thoroughly hooked on petroleum as the U.S.
June 19, 2010 -- Every petroleum crisis in this country -- whether triggered by foreign suppliers flexing their muscles, a price spike at the gasoline pump, or a spill that causes untold environmental damage -- heightens demands that the U.S. wean itself from oil. Argonne's Don Hillebrand is interviewed. Read the story.
Biodiesel Magazine: Hard work has made biodiesel a ‘drop-in’ fuel
June 17, 2010 -- Biodiesel is a great example of a sustainable fuel based on waste or excess materials. Argonne's Seth Snyder is quoted. Read the story.
Washington Post: More electric cars means finding new standards to measure fuel efficiency
June 8, 2010 -- It used to be easy to know whether a car was a glutton for fuel. Federal standards defined miles per gallon and laid out precisely how the statistic should be measured. Read the story.
Green Car Advisor: Beyond Li-Ion: Researchers Pursuing Lithium and Zinc Air Batteries
June 1, 2010 -- Lithium-ion batteries are boosting the viability of hybrids, plug-ins and electric vehicles because of their greater energy density compared to other batteries, but researchers are already working on the next big thing. Read the story.
HPCwire: Supercomputers Put Charge into Battery Research
May 12, 2010 -- The idea of using lithium-air batteries to power electric cars has been around since the 1990s, but the last few years has seen a big upsurge in interest for this technology. Read the story.
Medill Reports: Argonne Lab battery symposium looks to electric cars with a 500-mile range
May 11, 2010 -- What we may need more than new energy is a better way to store what we have. That was the focus of Argonne National Laboratory’s recent symposium on next-generation batteries. Read the story.
VOANews.com: Chevrolet Volt on Sale Later this Year
May 11, 2010 -- One vehicle General Motors is pegging its future success on is the gas and electric powered Chevrolet Volt. Argonne's Don Hillebrand is quoted. Read the story.
New York Times: Will Lithium-Air Battery Rescue Electric Car Drivers From 'Range Anxiety'?
May 7, 2010 -- Twenty miles southwest of Chicago, government researchers are pursuing the automotive version of Mr. Right. He's powerful. He has endurance. He isn't too expensive to have around. And he never, ever explodes. Read the story.
Chicago Tonight: News Analysis - Security Cameras
April 28, 2010 -- Argonne's Roger Johnston appears on a Chicago Tonight panel to discuss the pros and cons of security cameras and video surveillance. Watch the video.
Medill Reports: ‘Smart grid' could thwart rising energy costs from electric cars
April 28, 2010 -- With the demand for electric vehicles anticipated, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are looking for ways to combat the potential energy surge a growing demand for plug-in hybrid cars could cause. Read the story.
Chicago Tribune: Argonne, Naperville part of plan to turn brush into energy sources
April 12, 2010 -- Brush collected by Naperville could be converted into electricity, ethanol and hydrogen under a federally funded pilot program that Naperville's City Council has unanimously signed off on. Read the story.
ChicagoBusiness.com: Tech investor Batterson reaches for the sun with Argonne's solar paint
April 5, 2010 -- Using molecular-level manufacturing technology being developed at Argonne National Laboratory, Len Batterson's NextGen Solar aims to do nothing less than dominate the burgeoning solar power business by making electricity from the sun as cheap as coal power — easily a multibillion-dollar market. Read the story.
SAE International: Don Hillebrand of Argonne to Provide Keynote Address at SAE International World Congress
March 25, 2010 -- Donald G. Hillebrand, Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory, will provide the keynote address on Wednesday, April 14, during the SAE 2010 World Congress at Cobo Center in Detroit. Read the story.
GreenSense: Nuclear Power Going Green?
March 14, 2010 -- Argonne's Hussein Khalil participated to the GreenSense radio show to discuss about nuclear power as a green source of energy. Listen to the podcast.
Battery Power: Funding to Push Battery Technology from Argonne Laboratory to Marketplace
March 2010 -- After more than a decade of experience in lithium-ion battery research, scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory know well the challenges of getting manufacturers interested in advanced materials for their batteries. Read the story:
AdvantageAustria: Peeking into technology´s future at Argonne National Lab
March 9, 2010 -- On March 5 the staff of the Austrian Trade Commission was pleased to visit the Argonne National Lab, which is run by the University of Chicago and supported by a grant from the US Department of Energy. Read the story.
MSNBC Cosmic Log: Start your X Prize engines
February 9, 2010 -- The Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize program has added a few twists to its $10 million competition for energy-efficient motor vehicles. The competitions that matter the most won't be held in public view, but will be conducted instead behind closed doors. Read the story.
FleetOwner: Shore power for trucks at truckstops far from dead
February 9, 2010 -- That pioneering supplier of “shore power” systems to trucks at truck stops IdleAire Acquisition Co., LLC (formerly IdleAireTechnologies Corp.) shut down last month may have dampened enthusiasm for shore power as an idle-reduction solution. Argonne's Linda Gaines and Terry Levinson are interviewed. Read the story.
Southtown Star: New research at Argonne could help you save gas money
February 7, 2010 -- When Steve McConnell was in college, he spent a lot of his spare time building race cars with his engineering buddies. The experience, he said, taught him an important lesson about cars and drivers. Read the story.
Medill Reports: Obama's budget may jump start future electric cars
February 3, 2010 -- Scientists hope funding to develop an electric car battery that breathes air and could eliminate gasoline in the process will come with the $532 million allocated for Argonne National Laboratory in the proposed federal budget. Read the story.
Nanowerk News: Supercomputing time awarded to design transformational lithium air battery
January 26, 2010 -- The Department of Energy announced today that 24 million hours of supercomputing time out of a total of 1.6 billion available hours at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories have been awarded to investigate materials for developing lithium air batteries, capable of powering a car for 500 miles on a single charge. Read the story.
Earth2Tech: Earth2Tech’s Top 15 Connected Car Influencers
January 25, 2010 -- On the cusp of a new generation of electric vehicles and the buildout of a smart grid, connected cars — vehicles linked to the power grid as well as communication networks — have the potential to give us a transportation system for the digital age. Argonne's Dan Santini is named as top influencer. Read the story.
Wheels.ca: Auto industry's big goal - get small in a hurry
January 23, 2010: Smaller and lighter. Yet far more powerful and efficient. Oh, and cleaner. That's the challenge for engineers around the world as they design the next generation of internal combustion engines. Argonne's Steve McConnell is interviewed. Read the story.
New York Times: Toyota Secures Lithium Supply in Argentina
January 20, 2010 -- A key supplier of Toyota Motor Corp. has formed a partnership to mine lithium in Argentina, securing greater access to a metal critical to the production of future hybrids and electric cars. Argonne's Don Hillebrand is interviewed. Read the story.
Green Chip Stocks: Rebuttals To Flawed National NAS Report And Challenge To Battery Industry
January 18, 2010 -- In this posting, we return to address in greater detail the faulty assumptions underlying the conclusion by the National Research Council's (NRC) fuel cell analyst team that it would be a mistake to commit to plug-in vehicles because battery costs will remain high for over a decade. Argonne's research is cited. Read the story.
ABC7 Chicago: From the landfill to lithium-ion batteries
January 15, 2010 -- Plastic bags from the grocery store could soon help power your cell phone. Argonne is developing new technology that's giving new life for the bags that usually ended up in a landfill. Watch the video.
Truck & Bus Engineering: DOE-funded ‘SuperTrucks’ to be 50% more fuel efficient
January 14, 2010 -- The winners of recently awarded federal grants totaling $187 million to improve vehicle efficiency will help create more than 500 engineering, research, and management jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Read the story.
ABC News: Kentucky-Argonne National Battery Manufacturing R&D Center Gets Boost
January 11, 2010 -- Laboratories proposed for the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research will be used for developing batteries to power next-generation automobiles, Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday. Read the story.
Autoblog Green: Argonne finds a way to recycle more of your junked car
January 7, 2010 -- When automobiles are done running, they are often sent to the junkyard. There, parts are stripped for a while and then the hunks of metal and other materials are sent through the recycling process. Read the story.
Clean Skies News: Argonne's Automoblie Recycling Research
January 6, 2010 -- Clean Skies News takes a tour of Argonne National Laboratory where scientists have found a better way to recycle cars. Watch video.
Daily Herald: Naperville aims to run city vehicles on 'gasified' bio-waste
January 6, 2010 -- New technology being developed in Naperville makes it possible to use yard waste to fuel the city's fleet vehicles. Read the story.
ConsumerAffairs.com: Race to Replace Gas With Green Batteries
January 4, 2010 -- Researchers are exploring the promise of lithium-air battery technology as an environmentally sound way to fuel the world's growing transportation needs. Read the story.