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At SXSW Eco 2015, Two New Collaborative Centers Announced

The two new Argonne National Lab collaborative centers announced this week could have a big impact on the cars of the future. The far future.

The US Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-e) agency is shooting for some sort of electric-vehicle battery nirvana with a plan/wish/dream to develop safer, cheaper batteries that not only offer a longer single-charge range but that can also double as crumple zones. What's next, peace in the Middle East?

General Motors, LG Chem and the Argonne National Lab have shared a bit more information about their new advanced battery technology licensing deal, including why it could make future GM electric cars better, safer and cheaper.

Whether you want to use your Chevy Volt's batteries to drive without burning any gas or to charge your phone, a better battery is going to be a good thing. And General Motors would like to provide you with that battery, which is why it has sign a licensing deal with the DOE's Argonne National Laboratory for "advanced battery chemistry."

What do you get when you cross a diesel engine with its gasoline counterpart? If Steve Ciatti (pictured), 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. Taking the best features of diesel engines (high efficiency) and gasoline engines (lower particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions), a blend of the two might be the holy grail of modern, liquid-fueled engine design.

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Judging by the table shown above, lithium-air (Li/O2) batteries appear to be quite remarkable, on paper at least. But what can we really expect from this new advanced battery technology? Well Argonne National Laboratory has started researching and testing lithium-air batteries in earnest and presents a strong case that the future of electric vehicles may very well ride on this technology. If initial research turns out to be accurate, lithium-air batteries could hold up to ten times more energy t

Don Hillebrand understands electric vehicles and their benefits and limitations. As the director of the Center for Transportation Research at the Argonne National Laboratory, he has done plenty of testing on all kinds of alternative drive vehicles. Speaking to the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress on Wednesday, Hillebrand acknowledged that despite advances in lithium ion technology, battery electric vehicles still have not evolved far enough to capture a significant share of the mai

The United States Department of Energy has granted IBM 24 million hours of computing time on the supercomputers at the Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The reason? Research on lithium air batteries. Lithium air batteries hold a lot of potential for dramatically increasing energy density for electric vehicles, potentially up to 5,000 watt-hours per kilogram.

Auto recycling in the U.S. – Click above to watch the video after the break

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Today, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and Argonne National Laboratory have announced a partnership to develop advanced battery technology for automotive use. There's no doubt that most of the biggest hurdles to overcome before electric vehicles really become a mainstream option for more Americans involve the batteries. Even today's most advanced battery packs, made from lithium ion cells, can't come close to approaching the total energy den

Perhaps a flock-like approach to building lithium batteries for vehicles is what it'll take. A new alliance has been formed between the Argonne National Laboratory and 14 US companies to try and "perfect" li-ion batteries for cars, the lab announced this week. The alliance, called The National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Battery Cell Manufacture, will ask for between $1 and $2 billion from the US government over five years to help with the task. Much has been made of the way that Americ

My friend Lou Ann Hammond sat down with Don Hillebrand of the Argonne National Lab following last week's unveiling of the Chevy Volt. Argonne has developed some very promising lithium ion battery chemistry. The work done at Argonne is funded in large part by the U.S. Department of Energy, which can be translated as taxpayer dollars. It's nothing unusual for governments to fund basic research or for the results of that research to be licensed to private companies for commercialization. However, i

There are many hurdles standing in the way of hydrogen becoming widespread as an energy carrier for our vehicles, either by the direct burning of it in internal combustion engines or in fuel cells. Very few hydrogen refueling centers exist today, and the gas is difficult to capture, transport and store. One thing is certain regarding hydrogen, though: it can offer extremely low emissions, as it does in BMW's hydrogen-burning V12 engine.

A research team at Argonne national lab has developed a new type of catalyst for use in steam reformation of natural gas that produces hydrogen. The new nickel-based catalyst has the metal grains in small particles spread out more evenly over the metal oxide substrate rather than the large clumps typically used. This has similar advantages to the nano-particle battery technologies being used by A123 and Altairnano. The smaller particles that are spread evenly provide more surface area and promot

AutoblogGreen readers got a preview of Don Hillebrand's Thursday speech at the EDTA Conference on Wednesday. Hillebrand, director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory, had his presentation set and ready to go when I spoke with him early in the week, but by the time he got up to the podium on Thursday, the message had changed. Rick Wagoner had announced GM's upcoming PHEV, after all, so the landscape was reworked. Throwing a little bit of a pessimistic view on

Scientists at the Argonne National Lab operated by the Department of Energy have developed new metal alloys that could drastically reduce the cost of producing new fuels, like hydrogen. Currently production equipment used to produce fuels like hydrogen, methanol and ammonia are subject to a form of degradation known as metal dusting corrosion.

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