Argonne Opens Facility for Advanced Vehicle Testing

December 01, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Officials from Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, IL), the US Department of Energy and automotive manufacturers announced the opening of Argonne's new Advanced Powertrain Research Facility. The facility is North America's only public testing facility for engines, fuel cells, electric drives and energy storage.

State-of-the-art performance and emissions measurement equipment is available to support model development and technology validation. The facilities include a four-wheel-drive dynamometer system; a sophisticated emissions measurement system for gas- and diesel-powered vehicles; a data acquisition system designed for testing fuel cell, hybrid-electric and electric vehicles; a safety system for testing the ventilation of hydrogen, hazardous gas, heat and smoke; and a state-of-the-art air-handling system that cleans and conditions test air, as well as providing for ventilation and cooling.