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2009 Press Coverage

December 29, 2009 -- Clean Skies News
Argonne Tests Omnivorous Engine
Engineers at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago are working on what is called an Omnivorous engine that will run on any alcohol-based fuel. If such an engine makes it to market, it would mean a huge victory for the American consumer.

December 21, 2009 -- R&D
Software to the Rescue!
Running a lab lean, fast, and green is about more than choosing the right personnel, facilities, and equipment. Increasingly, software can make the key difference. Sylvain Pagerit is quoted.

December 21, 2009 -- Green Car Congress
Argonne Ramping Up Lithium-Air Research and Development; Li-ion as EV “Bridge Technology”
Argonne National Laboratory, which has contributed heavily to the research and development of Li-ion battery technology, is now pursuing research into Lithium-air batteries.

December 17, 2009 -- Recycling Today
Picking Up Speed
Automakers are increasingly focusing on the use of sustainable virgin and recycled plastic materials in their manufacturing processes to reduce costs and go "green" by reducing weight in their vehicles. Argonne's Sam Jody discusses recycling automotive shredder residue.

December 16, 2009 -- Test & Measurement World
Blowing up thousands of $5000 engines-virtually
This article features interviews with participants (including sponsors and competitors) in the Department of Energy’s EcoCAR competition, in which college teams redesign a production vehicle in an effort to optimize performance and-more importantly-learn to use the modeling and prototyping tools they’ll use upon graduation.

December 9, 2009 -- Daily Herald
Argonne talks hybrids at Copenhagen
Two Argonne National Laboratory scientists will join the 15,000 people expected at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on Thursday.

December 2, 2009 -- GreenGarage
Where Are They Now: How AVTCs Led One Alumni Down a Road of Success
Argonne's Henning Lohse-Busch moves from student vehicle competitions to career success.

November 23, 2009 -- Southtown Star
Argonne gets $8.8M boost for battery research
Lighter, cheaper, more dependable. The batteries of the future are being created at Argonne National Laboratory, and the federal government is paying big bucks to help make that happen.

November 19, 2009 -- Daily Herald
Argonne gets $8.8 million for battery research
Argonne National Laboratory Wednesday was awarded $8.8 million to build or remodel three battery research-and-development facilities on its DuPage County campus.

November 13, 2009 -- NBC Chicago
Why Do We Power Our Cars With Gas?
Argonne's Mike Duoba and Thomas Wallner discuss some of the Lab's cutting-edge transportation technologies.

November 6. 2009 -- Clean Skies News
New Battery Technology at Argonne Nat. Labs
This video report offers an inside look at the new batteries being developed at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.

November 5, 2009 --
EnerDel and U.S. Army Collaborate on New “Hybrid Humvee”
As part of the project, the U.S. Army will test an Argonne/EnerDel-developed battery chemistry for the Hybrid Humvee.

October 23, 2009 -- MSN Autos
Car Tech Trends for 2010 — and Beyond
First things first: There will be no flying cars in your driveway — not tomorrow, not next year, maybe never. But that doesn't mean the future of automotive technology is boring. Argonne's Don Hillebrand is interviewed.

October 7, 2009 -- FleetOwner
Letting innovation loose
One of the important things going on largely behind the scenes in the realm of vehicle research is an effort by various government agencies – notably the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – and manufacturers, like General Motors, to spur innovation. This blog highlights the EcoCAR Challenge.

October 1, 2009 -- Physics World
The road to sustainability
"Sustainability" is the hottest topic in energy research today, but what does it actually mean? George Crabtree (Argonne) and John Sarrao describe what makes a technology sustainable, and outline the materials-science challenges standing between us and clean, long-lasting energy.

September 29, 2009 -- Green Car Congress
National Labs Developing Methodology for Estimating Real World Fuel and Electricity Consumption of PHEVs
Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) are cooperating to develop and test a method for predicting the real-world fuel and electricity consumption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by adjusting dynamometer test results.

September 24, 2009 -- Los Angeles Times
Battery maker A123 Systems charges up the market; shares jump 50 percent during IPO.
Argonne's Don Hillebrand comments on the challenges of battery technology.

September 22, 2009 --
Your Tax $$$ At Work: Argonne Lab's Better Batteries, Greener Fuels
Argonne National Laboratory--one of a network of 17 national labs funded by the Department of Energy--has a slew of programs aimed at making renewable energy practical, and enabling carmakers to build better, cheaper electric cars. We picked four to focus on.

September 18, 2009 -- Daily Journal of Commerce
Electric vehicles surge forward
A technological device that could make electric-vehicle batteries more powerful and less expensive will soon be made here in Oregon. Argonne's Ted Bohn is interviewed.

September 3, 2009 -- The Environment Report
Recycling Your Ride
Argonne's Vehicle Recycling Pilot Plant is featured in a look at how car recycling works and who's trying to improve it.

August 28, 2009 -- The Christian Car Guy Radio Show
Is the Smart Grid Smart?
Argonne's Ted Bohn is interviewed about the smart grid.

August 27, 2009 -- ABC7 Chicago
Argonne showcases science, technology at open house
Argonne's Forrest Jehlik, Ted Krause and Matt Howard are interviewed to preview the lab's 2009 community open house.

August 25, 2009 -- The Wall Street Journal
MPG Fits Awkwardly in Electric-Vehicle Landscape
WSJ's Carl Bialik examines the way numbers are used, and abused.

August 25, 2009 --
Scientists at Argonne Discover New Battery Chemical That Could Increase Durability and Decrease Cost of Li-Ion Technology

Lithium-ion batteries are critical for both EVs and advanced hybrids. Li-ion offers a low weight, a long battery life, and a decent power to price ratio. Until now, lithium-ion battery packs had to have some sort of advanced electronic controller to limit overcharging which would greatly reduced the life of the battery, or destroy it altogether.

August 24, 2009 -- The New York Times
Chemistry Change in Batteries Could Make for Safer Electric Cars
The powerful lithium-based batteries used in electric vehicle systems, laptops and cell phones are prone to overheating and even blowing up, but adding less than a gram of a new substance could keep both temperatures and costs down, federal researchers say.

August 24, 2009 -- Scientific American
Building a Better Lithium-ion Battery
The batteries in everything from computers to future electric cars might be improved by adding a compound containing boron and fluorine.

August 24, 2009 -- Greenwire
Clean Tech: Chemistry change in batteries could make for safer electric cars
The powerful lithium-based batteries used in electric vehicle systems, laptops and cell phones are prone to overheating and even blowing up, but adding less than a gram of a new substance could keep both temperatures and costs down, federal researchers say.

August 20, 2009 -- MIT Technology Review
Ultracaps Could Boost Hybrid Efficiency
Energy storage devices called ultracapacitors could lower the cost of the battery packs in plug-in hybrid vehicles by hundreds or even thousands of dollars by cutting the size of the packs in half, according to estimates by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory.

August 18, 2009 -- The Truth About Cars
Cash for Clunkers: The Environmental Cost of a New Car
The short answer: 31,362 Btus per pound. That’s the average energy cost for constructing a modern motor vehicle —rubber, fluids, glass, metal and battery. Argonne's GREET model is cited.

August 16, 2009 -- Reuters
Electric car sticker shock awaits U.S. consumers
As American consumers abandon gas-guzzling SUVs for greener alternatives, they also face a new kind of sticker shock -- confusing claims about the energy efficiency of electric cars heading for showrooms. Argonne's Mike Duoba is interviewed.

August 12, 2009 -- Washington Post
GM Says New Car Is Capable of 230 MPG
General Motors announced Tuesday that its forthcoming electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, will get fuel economy of 230 miles per gallon in city driving, an achievement that both accelerates and befogs the industry's race to produce more efficient cars. Argonne's Don Hillebrand is quoted.

August 12, 2009 -- MIT Technology Review
Lithium Battery Recycling Gets a Boost
The U.S. Department of Energy has granted $9.5 million to a company in California that plans to build America's first recycling facility for lithium-ion vehicle batteries. Argonne's Linda Gaines is interviewed.

August 11, 2009 -- The Atlantic
The Freaky Math of Plug In Hybrids
Times have changed: the once-mighty GM seems to be live blogging its "game changing" Chevy hybrid electric VOLT today, claiming its $40K price is justified by its 230 mpg EPA rating. But that number, like so many numbers associated with plug in hybrids, is less impressive than it seems.

August 5, 2009 -- Forbes
Grants aim to rev alternative vehicle technology
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other administration officials took to separate stages nationwide Wednesday to announce $2.4 billion in federal grants to develop next-generation electric vehicles and batteries. Don Hillebrand is quoted.

July 30, 2009 -- PR Newswire
Argonne to help Nissan, EnerDel develop material for lithium-ion batteries
Advanced lithium-ion automotive battery producer EnerDel and the Nissan Motor Co. of Japan are teaming up to research a new generation of electrical conductive material intended to reduce cost and improve the performance of electric and hybrid vehicle batteries. The research will be centered at Argonne National Laboratory.

June 25, 2009 -- CosmicLog
Racing Goes Green
The race doesn’t always go to the swiftest. Nowadays, some auto races go to the most fuel-efficient, or to the most environmentally friendly, or even to the best business plan. That doesn't mean you should expect a NASCAR prize to go to a Prius anytime soon. But it does mean you'll see different kinds of scales for judging the cars that go onto the track - scales that you might even use when you buy your next car.

June 22, 2009 -- PR Newswire
EnerDel Awarded $3.3 Million For Safety Research with Argonne on Auto Lithium-ion Battery
Advanced lithium-ion automotive battery developer EnerDel has been awarded up to $3.3 million for a cost-share research project under the U.S. Department of Energy. The project will be conducted jointly with Argonne National Laboratory, and will focus on the development of innovative technologies to eliminate overcharging in lithium-ion cells. Khalil Amine is quoted.

June 19, 2009 -- WTN News
Commercializing Lithium-ion Technology
“Argonne National Labs is a key player. Illinois can be too if they act fast,” observes James Carlini.

June 18, 2009 -- FOX News
How Green is Your Gasoline?
American drivers use 400 million gallons of gasoline every day, and every one of them comes at a cost. "Burning one gallon of gas dumps 25 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and uses up 2.8 to 6.6 gallons of water (depending on where the well is located)," says Michael Wang, a senior transportation and energy scientist at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago.

June 17, 2009 --
Illinois' role in lithium-ion batteries
Argonne National Laboratory is a key player in commercializing lithium-ion technology. Illinois can be as well if the state acts quickly. If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a region to raise economic viability for all.

June 15, 2009 -- 107.9 The Link
Argonne's Jeff Chamberlain talks lithium-ion batteries
Jeff Chamberlain is a guest on the Bob & Sheri show.

June 11, 2009 -- Green Car Congress
Argonne Study Examines Impact of Real World Drive Cycles on Efficiency and Cost of Different PHEV Configurations
Results from a study by Argonne National Laboratory on the impact of real world drive cycles on the fuel efficiency and cost of different plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) configurations suggest that while different PHEV configurations all demonstrate great potential for displacing petroleum use (with fuel displacement increasing linearly with available electrical energy), the relative benefits of adding more battery capacity seem to decrease with increasing pack size.

June 10, 2009--Autopia
Make Your Toyota Prius (Sort Of) Volt-Like
The guys at Plug In Conversions have developed software that’ll let you do 70 mph in a plug-in Prius running on battery power alone. Argonne research is quoted.

June 9, 2009 -- Nature News
Automotive bailout may affect research
The US automobile industry is in the midst of an historic makeover as the Obama administration ushers General Motors (GM) and Chrysler, two of the erstwhile 'big three' car manufacturers, through bankruptcy. Here, Nature News takes a look at the implications for corporate research and development (R&D), including the future of electric transport.

June 4, 2009 -- Business Week
Electric Car Superbatteries Surge Ahead
In a modern turn on the swords-into-ploughshares theme, the folks who gave us plutonium for the nuclear bomb are now helping put electric cars on the road. Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory on June 3 signed a global licensing agreement with BASF Corp. for the chemical giant to mass-produce and market Argonne’s patented composite cathode materials to battery makers — a deal that could give a big charge to environmentally friendlier cars. Eric Isaacs is quoted.

May 25, 2009 -- ECN Asia Magazine
High-Energy Cathode Material Can Significantly Increase Safety, Life of Lithium Batteries
A close international collaboration of researchers led by the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and Hanyang University in South Korea have developed a new high-energy cathode material that is capable of greatly increasing the safety and extending the life-span of future lithium batteries. Khalil Amine is quoted.

May 18, 2009 -- New York Times
Putting U.S. Trucking on a Diet
The backbone of U.S. commerce, given America’s vast distances and reliance upon highway transportation, is the combined fleet of 500,000 U.S. long-haul trucks. And to many Americans, the macho trucking life holds a certain romance. It has, to be sure, its drawbacks, not least the pollution from all those rumbling diesels. But new technologies are emerging that should at least mitigate some of that. Linda Gaines, Terry Levinson are quoted.

May 14, 2009 -- Green Car Congress
Argonne Lifecycle Analysis Calculates WTW Petroleum Energy Use and GHG Emissions for PHEVs Fueled With Petroleum, E85 and Hydrogen
Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have published results of a well-to-wheels (WTW) lifecycle analysis of petroleum energy use and greenhouse gas emissions of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles employing gasoline, diesel, E85 and hydrogen (fuel cell) fuels, with an all-electric range between 10 to 40 miles.

May 13, 2009 -- IEEE Spectrum Online
Burning Biomass to Charge Electric Vehicles Beats Fueling Cars with Ethanol
Like money, gasoline doesn’t grow on trees. But researchers are working to make it practical to grow fuel on the farm. Argonne's Michael Wang is quoted.

May 4, 2009 -- Fox Business
Interest in Fuel-Efficient Cars Out of Gas?
Don Hillebrand is interviewed.

April 20, 2009 -- SAE International
Parallel computing enables Argonne to speed simulations
In 1995, Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, developed the Powertrain System Analysis Toolkit (PSAT) as an industry-standard tool to help automotive engineers analyze advanced powertrain configurations. Since making the product widely available in 2003, the use of PSAT for analysis and simulation has expanded worldwide to more than 120 companies and 600 users.

March 31, 2009 -- Chicago Tonight
Argonne Labs: Nation's Oldest Laboratory
Video: The Obama adminstration is placing an emphasis on technology and the nation's oldest laboratory is reaping the rewards. Eric Isaacs, the new head of Argonne National Laboratory, tells more about his goals for the lab's future. Isaacs also answers transportation-related questions.

March 27, 2009 -- Technology Review
Better Lithium-Ion Batteries
A new incarnation of lithium-ion batteries based on solid polymers is in the works. Berkeley, CA-based startup Seeo, Inc. says its lithium-ion cells will be safer, longer-lasting, lighter, and cheaper than current batteries. Argonne's Khalil Amine, manager of the advanced battery technology group, is quoted.

March 19, 2009 --
There's a green feeling in sports car racing
Tires made partially from orange peels and motor oil made from animal fat are part of the green future for sports car racing in America. Argonne National Laboratory created the rules, regulations and technical specifications for ALMS' Green Challenge competition.

March 17, 2009 -- SAE Off Highway
A look inside the combustion process
Argonne National Laboratory scientists use X-ray technology to study the detailed structure of fuel sprays. X-rays do not encounter the multiple scattering problems typical of methods that use visible light, according to Christopher Powell, Engine Research Scientist at Argonne. High-intensity beams of monochromatic X-rays generated by its Advanced Photon Source quantitatively examine sprays from injectors.

March 14, 2009 -- Green Car Congress
Argonne Devises New Variable Combustion Strategy for Hydrogen-Fueled Engines
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Transportation Research have devised new variable combustion strategy for hydrogen-fueled engines using the Lab’s Modular Automotive Technology Testbed (MATT).

March 2009 -- Electrical Contractor
Plug into Opportunity
Electric vehicles are closer than ever to becoming a large-scale reality. Chevrolet’s much-hyped Volt is still on schedule for a 2010 introduction, despite the manufacturer’s financial woes. Toyota may be releasing its own plug-in hybrid (PHEV) to fleet customers later this year. With production getting in gear, attention is turning to another important question: how these new vehicles will stay charged. Argonne's Ted Bohn is quoted.

February 26, 2009 -- Southtown Star
Argonne scientists in the driver's seat for hybrid demand
Argonne, near Lemont, has been designated by the Department of Energy as the lead national laboratory for plug-in hybrid research. Ted Bohn and Don Hillebrand are quoted.

February 20, 2009 -- Science News
Catalyst knocks out a smog maker
The problem: Converting NOx to nitrogen requires a steady diet of electrons in addition to the catalyst — and oxygen tries to rob those electrons. So Chris Marshall’s team at Argonne National Laboratory, outside Chicago, hunted down an alternative to the traditional catalysts, one that could operate in the presence of the bonus oxygen.

February 16, 2009 -- Itecs Insider
DOE Awards $30 Million to Develop Technologies to Enable Industrial Use of Alternative Fuels
The U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) recently awarded a total of $30 million over 4 years for cost-shared research and development of industrial systems capable of using alternative fuels. Capstone Turbine Corporation, in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory, Packer Engineering, and the University of California (Irvine) will develop technologies for gas turbine operation with opportunity fuels.

February 14, 2009 -- Daily Herald
The Auto Show Goes On
In an economic climate like this one, extravaganzas like the Chicago Auto Show are more relevant than ever, industry experts say. Argonne's Don Hillebrand is quoted.

February 6, 2009 -- NewScientist
Carbon catalyst could herald cut-price fuel cells
Fuel cells have been hailed as saviours of the environment, because they can cleanly and efficiently turn hydrogen and other fuels into electricity. But so far this technology has been hobbled by the high cost of the platinum catalysts needed to make it work. Now a new type of fuel cell based on carbon nanotubes promises to be much cheaper, as well as more compact and more efficient. Argonne's Di-Jia Liu is quoted.

February 2, 2008 -- Assembly Magazine
Battery Manufacturing – Build It in the USA
Argonne and the Battery Alliance are mentioned in this article about lithium-ion batteries.

January 22, 2009 -- Christian Science Monitor
Worldwide Race to Make Better Batteries
The Battery Alliance's Jim Greenberger and Argonne's Jim Miller are quoted in this article about the hunt for the "perfect battery."

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