The US Department of Energy (DOE) is providing $8 million to Argonne National Laboratory for detailed design work for a new, world-class energy research facility. This is the first step in beginning work on what is expected to be a $95 million construction project.
The Energy Sciences Building (ESB) will provide an environment that will accelerate the pace of discovery by bringing together interdisciplinary teams of researchers in a space that can be adjusted to accommodate an evolving energy-related science agenda. Construction is scheduled to begin during fiscal year 2011.
The work in the ESB will focus on four central themes:
Discovery synthesis: designing and synthesizing new materials to achieve a better understanding and enhancing the performance or durability of existing energy conversion materials;
Solar energy: learning from nature to more efficiently harness the power of the sun and convert it to fuels or electricity;
Catalysis/fuel cells: designing and fabricating better catalysts and fuel cell materials for more efficient energy conversion;
Electrical energy storage: performing the science and engineering for better batteries with higher energy densities, enhanced safety, and extended lifetimes for device, transportation, and electrical grid applications.