In “Obama’s Budget May Jump Start Future Electric Cars,” scientists hope funding to develop an electric car battery that breathes air, and could eliminate gasoline in the process, will result from money allocated to Argonne National Laboratory in the proposed federal budget. Khalil Amine talked about the lithium-air battery with Medill Reports Chicago. http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news. aspx?id=155462
Finalists in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize Competition will undergo dynamometer testing at Argonne’s Transportation Technology R&D Center in August 2010, reports CosmicLog. http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/ archive/2010/02/09/2198526.aspx
Shore power for trucks at truckstops is far from dead, says FleetOwner. Linda Gaines and Terry Levinson commented on technologies for reducing idling. http://fleetowner.com/green/archive/shore-power- trucks-0209/
High-speed railways will be coming to Chicago with a $1.2 billion grant announced by Barack Obama. Illinois’ grant will go toward making diesel- fueled trains more efficient. TTRDC Director Larry Johnson is quoted in an article by Medill Reports Chicago. http://news.medill. northwestern.edu/chicago/ news.aspx?id=155007
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The IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer will be used by the INCITE program to design materials for lithium-air batteries.
Through the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program, a research team including scientists from Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and IBM will use two of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to design new materials required for a lithium-air battery, reports Nanowerk. http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=14541.php
Henning Lohse-Busch was featured in an interview on the Green Garage Blog: “Where Are They Now: How AVTCs Led One Alumni Down a Road of Success.” Lohse- Busch described his rise from FutureTruck competitor to research engineer at Argonne. http://greengarageblog. org/2009/12/02/ where-are-they-now- how-avtcs-led-one-alumni- down-a-road-of-success/