Energy Science Research Gets A Boost

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu envisions a future where research and products are invented in America, made in America and sold worldwide — and soon, a new science building at Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago will help to make that vision a reality by researching solutions to “the world’s most critical energy challenges.”

This $95-million Energy Sciences Building, funded through DOE’s Science Laboratories Infrastructure Program and scheduled for completion in 2013, is expected to house around 200 research personnel, who will focus on developing reliable, safe and long-lived battery systems; efficient and environmentally friendly chemical transformation processes for creating novel feedstocks and fuels; and transformational systems for solar energy production, among other projects.

image via Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne director Eric Isaacs highlighted the new Energy Sciences Building as “key in getting our scientists and engineers to deliver on our mission: doing basic science to generate, supply, transmit, store and use new energy.” He goes on to note that the building will bring together many different scientists under one roof to talk, collaborate and “create new knowledge for this new economy.”

The project is projected to create 2,000 jobs during construction (directly or indirectly) and is expected to be completed in 2014.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.