Friday, April 5, 2013
Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) announced Thursday that the state delivered the first $1.25 million in funding for initial planning and design of Argonne's Energy Innovation Center.
The state of Illinois has begun fulfilling its commitment to building the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) on the campus of Argonne National Laboratory, State Senator Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) announced Thursday, with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s delivery of the first $1.25 million of the $5 million needed for initial planning and design. The EIC would house the headquarters and primary research activities for the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), which was awarded $120 million from the U.S. Department of Energy in November to develop an energy storage research hub. “The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research is a public-private partnership of national laboratories, universities and …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Scientists from across the lab showcased environmentally conscious technologies that might soon find their way into daily life.
Monday, March 5, 2012
The Illinois Senate Energy Committee unanimously approved a resolution March 1 that declares the state's support for Argonne's bid to house an innovative energy storage and research facility.
The state of Illinois took the first step Thursday in supporting a federally-funded energy storage hub at Argonne National Laboratory. Illinois Senate Energy Committee unanimously approved Senate Joint Resolution 53—introduced by Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont)—to declare the state's support for Argonne's bid to house a new, innovative energy storage hub and research facility. Radogno testified before the committee, outlining the many benefits of the hub. According to a news release, the hub will employ world-class researchers to identify green, cost-effective ways to harness energy created from renewable resources and smart grid technology. “Illinois is home to cutting-edge research and development facilities, and highly-respected and …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
A kick-off event at Lemont High School on Tuesday was attended by Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves, and representatives from the Dept. of Energy, Argonne and CITGO.
A new non-profit that will teach seventh-and eighth-grade students about green technologies launched its after-school pilot program Tuesday at Lemont High School. State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, CITGO, Argonne and Lemont High School were all on hand to celebrate the kickoff of Project Infinite Green, a new initiative that will give 18 students the opportunity to participate in field studies, research projects and think tanks related to environmental sustainability. The program was initiated by Lemont resident Catherine Greenspon, who has recruited a long list of sponsors that includes the Durkin, the Department of Energy, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The national laboratory is one of 16 in 11 states that are receiving Department of Energy funds for hydropower projects.
Friday, June 3, 2011
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin joined officials from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago at Friday's groundbreaking event for a new Energy Sciences Building at Argonne.
Despite the heat, dozens of people descended on Argonne National Laboratory’s campus this morning to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new Energy Sciences Building on the campus. “This is a great day at Argonne,” said Argonne Director Eric Isaacs. Speakers during the ceremony included U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, and University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer. The $95 million Energy Sciences Building, scheduled for completion in 2013, will house about 200 research personnel dedicated to addressing the world’s most critical energy challenges, officials said. Research efforts to be conducted in the new facility include the development of highly reliable, safe and long-lived battery systems; revolutionary, …
Friday, April 22, 2011
Employee-driven eco-groups take spotlight at Thursday's event.
Much of the research that goes on at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory focuses on efficiency. So it’s only fitting that its employees live that mission by integrating green activities into their daily lives around the lab. Those employee-driven initiatives were on full display Thursday during Argonne’s Earth Day celebration, which included a fair where groups such as the Argonne Garden Club and its on-campus bike program shared their solutions for incorporating environmentally friendlier activities into the workday. The Lemont-area lab began recognizing Earth Day in the early 1990s. But its celebration really took off five years ago when the lab’s pollution prevention director, Greg Kulma, assumed coordination duties. …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Several students participated in the Chicago Regional Science Bowl, which included both an academic and model fuel cell car competition.
For the last few months, a group of students from Lemont’s Old Quarry Middle School have been finding themselves staying after school. But it’s not for detention. Instead, the seventh-and eighth-graders have been hanging out with Old Quarry teachers Shqipe Osmani and Katie Janda, who volunteered their time so the students could participate in the Chicago Regional Science Bowl sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory. In February, some of the students took part in the academic competition portion of the Science Bowl at Argonne, where they competed in a fast-paced, Jeopardy-style competition answering multiple-choice and short-answer questions relating to science and math facts or concepts. “We started in …
Monday, April 18, 2011
Daylong event emphasizes importance of mentoring, finding balance.
Like most 6-year-old girls, Boyana Norris loved to color. Unlike most 6-year-olds, what she preferred to color were hundreds of little boxes. The patterns those boxes formed were code for a room-sized computer at the Bulgarian research facility where her father worked in the late 1970s. Today the slick Mac that Norris works on is a far cry from that massive computer—you’d need 250 of those beasts to equal the processing power of a single iPhone. Nonetheless, those childhood days spent coding in the Bulgarian lab nourished Norris’ passion for computer science. She shared that enthusiasm with more than 400 high school girls from across the Chicago area who visited Argonne National Laboratory Thursday for the Science Careers in Search of …
Friday, April 15, 2011
Both branches of Congress voted to approve the compromise bill Thursday.
While the federal government nearly shut down last week amid legislators’ inability to agree on a 2011 budget, the main question locally was how the bill that resulted from those talks would impact funding at Argonne National Laboratory. In February, the House of Representatives voted to approve a spending bill that would have slashed key funding sources for the Darien-area energy lab. Argonne officials estimated the proposed cuts would have forced it to layoff about one-third of its 3,000 employees. Fermilab, in Batavia, would have reportedly had to trim one-quarter of its staff. But when both the House and Senate voted on a final compromise bill Thursday, Argonne’s funding emerged largely intact, averting a scenario Sen. Dick Durbin, D-…