It's a fact. As private R&D funding decreases, more and more U.S. companies are leveraging their research dollars by working with the nation's network of federally funded laboratories.

Forget what you've heard in the past about working with government agencies. As the nation's priorities have switched from developing weapons systems to ensuring economic security, technology transfer has become a top priority for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its laboratories and facilities. Increased U.S. technological competitiveness is the destination. Effective working partnerships between industry and government are paving the way.

At DOE's Argonne National Laboratory, the Energy Systems (ES) Division is strongly committed to a revitalized national economic competitiveness. The Division's long history of industrial partnerships provides a strong customer-focus for its research. Cost-effective, practical solutions are developed to solve real problems and meet real needs. Economic and market evaluations are key considerations, not afterthoughts. Timeliness and responsiveness are the Division's operating characteristics.

ES scientists and engineers are experienced in tailoring research programs for a broad base of industries, including the oil, natural gas, railroad, automotive, textile, electric utility, primary and secondary metals, chemical, and pulp and paper industries. Additionally, ES routinely "teams" with professional staff from other Argonne divisions or other national labs and universities when additional capabilities or expertise are needed to solve an industry problem.

The Division's unique technical resources, expertise, and facilities are focused on:


This website provides a brief overview of the Energy Systems Division's research and development efforts and capabilities. The Division is committed to partnering with companies of all sizes in transferring its ideas, concepts, designs, expertise, technologies and research results.



The Energy Systems Division is organized into three Centers.

The Center for Industrial Technology Systems is strongly committed to developing and transferring clean, efficient energy and industry-related environmental technologies into the marketplace to benefit U.S. companies, the federal government, customers, and the general public.


The Center for Environmental Restoration Systems develops and performs research, development, and demonstration programs to support the complete environmental restoration process, from start to finish, addressing each of the three stages of the process, and to transfer the knowledge and technologies obtained to sponsors and other potential users of that information.


The Center for Transportation Research conducts research to evaluate and develop transportation technology, with emphasis on reducing petroleum-fuel requirements, costs, and environmental consequences of transportation systems.

A number of specialized sections/teams make up each center (see Organization Chart). Each has developed a particular core of expertise that enables it to perform state-of-the-art research and development in a given area. The sections/teams work together on specific projects, enabling the Division to conduct a broad range of energy and environmental research programs. Additionally, ES routinely teams with professional staff from other Argonne divisions or other national laboratories and universities when additional capabilities or expertise are needed to solve research problems.


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