Projects

Alpha Gamma Hot Cell Facility (AGHCF) De-inventory Project

Solid progress continues in the de-inventory efforts of the AGHCF. Prior to the influx of EM ARRA funding in 2009, the AGHCF was at approximately 68X the Hazard Category (HC) 2 threshold. AGHCF met the criteria for downgrade to a HC 3 facility as of December 10, 2014 as documented in the AGHCF Deinventory Plan.  In FY 2015 all discrete items were removed from AGHCF leaving only residual contamination. Argonne intends to complete decontamination efforts for the AGHCF to allow it to be downgraded to less than HC 3 and is working proactively with the DOE Office of Environmental Management to resume off-site shipment to transuranic waste from Argonne to the DOE Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) following its three year recovery activities. ASO continues to work in a collaborative manner with Argonne to ensure safe operations, storage and maintenance of the facility and materials pending the return to operation of WIPP.

 


Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Upgrade, Phase-3 (ALCF-3) Project

The ALCF-3 Project will deploy an exascale (≥ 1000PF) computational resource, named Aurora, at Argonne National Laboratory. The computing equipment shall be configured to enable significant near-term advances in computational science as part of the DOE-ASCR Leadership Computing Facility Program. To achieve this objective, the scope of this effort must address the procurement, installation, configuration, and acceptance of an advanced computing system with a data storage subsystem and the supporting facility upgrades for power and cooling. Currently at CD-3, Aurora is expected to be delivered in CY2021 with CD-4 planned for March 2024.

 


Advanced Photon Source Upgrade (APS-U) Project

The APS-U will be a fourth generation high-energy x-ray storage ring optimized for hard x-rays (> 20 keV), incorporating advanced beamlines, optics and detectors, and providing an ‘oval’ source ideal for imaging. The project includes a new storage ring incorporating a multi-bend achromat (MBA) lattice utilizing the existing tunnel, new insertion devices optimized for brightness and flux, superconducting undulators on selected beamlines and new or upgraded front-ends. The project will also construct a suite of new beamlines and incorporate substantial refurbishment of other existing beamlines, along with new optics and detectors that will enable most beamlines to take advantage of the improved accelerator performance. APS-U will exceed the capabilities of today’s hard x-ray storage rings by 2 to 3 orders of magnitude in brightness and coherent flux. The combination of these upgrades will provide a brighter and more intense beam at all beam line locations and provide improved performance capabilities. Currently at CD-2, APS-U is expected to be completed in 2026.

 


Electrical Capacity and Distribution Capability (ECDC) Project

The Electrical Capacity and Distribution Capability (ECDC) Project at Argonne National Laboratory includes the installation of two new 138kV transmission lines, a new ComEd substation, and other electrical utility system upgrades. Argonne’s scientific advancements require a strong foundation that supports reliable, redundant, maintainable, and flexible utility systems. A key component of Argonne’s utility system portfolio is the high voltage electrical distribution system. Without this critical system, science at Argonne cannot exist. The ECDC Project will address a capability gap exacerbated by aging infrastructure and a projected increase in site electrical needs. Funding is provided by the Federal Government through DOE, Office of Science, Science Laboratories Infrastructure (SLI) Program. Work on the project started in February 2019 and completion is expected in September 2024. 

 


Materials Design Laboratory (MDL)

The Materials Design Laboratory (MDL), at Argonne National Laboratory, will be a state-of-the-art laboratory facility with a floor area approximately 115,000 gross square feet (gsf). MDL will provide a modern collaborative scientific environment critical to the discovery, design and development of new materials and novel molecular processes aimed at transforming global energy production and storage. One floor of MDL will be dedicated to Heavy Elements Separations Science (HESS), thus this floor was designed as a radiological facility. MDL also will include various other types of laboratories such as chemistry, instrumentation, cryogenics, and laser labs. Many of the labs will contain equipment sensitive to vibration and/or Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI), so these criteria were considered throughout the MDL design phase and mitigated accordingly. Funding is provided by the Federal Government through DOE, Office of science, Science Laboratories Infrastructure (SLI) Program. Work on the project started on January 29, 2015 and completion is expected by April 2021.