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Energy

National security depends on science and technology. The United States relies on Los Alamos National Laboratory for the best of both. No place on Earth pursues a broader array of world-class scientific endeavors.

Energy

 

Overview

Charlie McMillan, Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Director McMillan on energy security

With energy use increasing across the nation and the world, LANL is using its world-class scientific capabilities to enhance national energy security by

  • developing energy sources with limited impacts on environment
  • improving efficiency and reliability of nation's energy infrastructure

Research directions

LANL’s diverse energy security research enterprise has three main focus areas:

  1. Materials and concepts for clean energy, including
    • Science for renewable energy sources
    • Photovoltaics
    • Energy storage
    • Fuel Cells
    • Clean Fossil Energy
  2. Mitigating the impacts of global energy demand, including
    • Climate change prediction
    • Infrastucture reliability and security
    • Greenhouse gas monitoring and measurement
    • CO2 capture and sequestration
  3. Sustainable nuclear energy, including
    • Fundamental advances in nuclear fuels
    • Nonproliferation safeguards
    • Reactor concepts
    • Reactor waste disposition
    Animation of new reactor concept for deep space exploration
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    Animation of new reactor concept for deep space exploration

Capabilities

  • Advanced modeling and simulation
  • Biofuels, bioenergy
  • Carbon dioxode separation, capture, sequestration
  • Climate and earth system science
  • Energy storage
  • Fuel cells
  • Geothermal energy
  • Hydrogen storage, safety codes, standards
  • Infrastructure analysis
  • Nanomaterials and composites for energy applications
  • Nuclear repository science
  • Nuclear fuels design, processing
  • Nuclear waste repository science
  • Nuclear fuels
  • Nuclear materials management
  • Nuclear regulatory analysis
  • Materials behavior under radiation
  • Reactor design and modeling
  • Smart grid network science
  • Solid state lighting
  • Superconductivity
  • Unconventional fossil fuels
  • Wind and renewable systems integration

Innovations for a secure nation

Novel rocket design flight tested

Novel rocket design flight tested

The new rocket fuel and motor design adds a higher degree of safety by separating the fuel from the oxidizer, both novel formulations that are, by themselves, not able to detonate.

» All Innovations

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P.O. Box 1663
Los Alamos, NM 87545

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