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Argonne National Lab

About Argonne National Laboratory

At Argonne National Laboratory, world-class scientists and engineers work alongside experts from industry and academia to address vital national challenges in clean energy, the environment, health, and national security. Energy efficiency programs include the development of higher-performance batteries, fuel cells, advanced vehicle engines, alternative fuels, smart electrical grids, and more efficient manufacturing and industrial technologies. Argonne has 3,350 total employees, a yearly budget of $722 million, and hosts more than 6,500 researchers every year at its six national User Facilities.

Capabilities

Building Energy Modeling

  • Prediction of uncertainty in energy performance modeling and risk analysis of energy-efficiency retrofits
  • Development of advanced statistical methods for calibration of building models
  • Development of data-driven building models for creating performance and load profiles
  • Modeling of building energy performance at the portfolio scale, neighborhood scale, and city scale
  • Development of building energy models that link to transportation and utility models

Advanced Controls and Building / Grid Interaction

  • Predictive control models of building HVAC systems that incorporate weather and occupancy forecasting
  • Building controls and automation that save energy and income by providing demand response and related services
  • Building integration and control of renewable generation, distributed generation, electric vehicles, and energy storage

Analysis and Decision Science

  • Agent-based models for studying the adoption of energy-efficient technology in the marketplace
  • Techno-economic and policy analysis for new building technologies
  • Development of innovative incentive programs to increase adoption of energy-efficient technologies
  • Design and analysis of randomized control trials for developing and verifying energy savings and incentive programs
  • Modeling of demand response and incentive program scenarios for resource planning and EPA clean power plan analysis

Building Diagnostics, and Measurement and Verification

  • Advanced systems for measuring building envelope properties and defects, including infiltration and leakage
  • Advanced data-driven models for developing baselines for measurement and verification of energy savings with minimal data and quantified uncertainty

Facilities

User Facilities:

  • Argonne Leadership Computing Facility: The ALCF can be used for large-scale building energy analysis or highly detailed building simulations with computational fluid dynamic models.
  • EV-Smart Grid Interoperability Center: Examples: EV/EVSE-to-grid communication development and cybersecurity validation, wireless charging system performance, demand charging control systems development.