New Topics of Interest for the Energy Systems Division



The ADVANCE Project was launched in 1991 as a major test of a dynamic- in- vehicle- route guidance system in the United States. The objective was to determine if motorists supplied with real-time guidance would be given information which would help them avoid congestion and improve the quality of their trip. The heart of ADVANCE is the Transportation Information Center which receives information from a wide spectrum of sources, processes the information, and makes it available to vehicles.


Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Argonne National Laboratory supports alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) both in theory and in practice. As its scientists study new ways to power cars and trucks, Argonne's fleet is participating in an AFV test program. The Engines and Alternative Fuels Group is involved in testing AFVs, encouraging the design of AFVs, and developing cleaner-burning engines. To support these activities, Argonne maintains a fleet of 138 vehicles, including alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs).


Natural Systems Modeling

The Integrated Dynamic Landscape Analysis and Modeling System (IDLAMS) is an integration of ecological models, decision support techniques, and a geographic information system (GIS) that incorporates remote sensing and field inventory data. Based on Department of Defense (DoD) user requirements, the project objective is to create a methodology and develop a decision-support system that will link the site military mission with the planning needs for biological conservation and resource management on DoD installations.


Plastics Recovery

Through collaborative research with industry, Argonne National Laboratory is developing a process for recovering valuable individual plastics from the non-metallic fractions generated by appliance shredding operations. Further, to enhance the market penetration of recycled plastic materials, cost-effective methods for improving the performance of the recovered plastics is being developed.


Treating Agent-Contaminated Soils

Soils contaminated by chemical warfare agents pose a unique remediation problem for military installations. Argonne, a pioneer in studying the problem of agent-contaminated soils, is evaluating different treatment technologies for treating such soils at Rocky Mountain Arsenal. The chemical warfare agents most likely to be encountered at the Arsenal are the blister agents, mustard and lewisite, and the nerve agents, GB and VX. Success in identifying effective remediation technologies will pave the way for full-scale treatment of the Arsenal's agent-contaminated soil and may also have applicability to other kinds of contamination problems.


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