Developing reliable and sustainable energy solutions for the nation

Using world-class science to enhance national energy security

With global energy use increasing, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is developing new ideas for reliable, secure, and sustainable carbon-neutral energy solutions for the nation.

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A member of the fuel cell team investigates cleaner and more economical ways to power automobiles.

We harness experimental and high-performance computational modeling and simulation capabilities to enable fundamental scientific discoveries. By partnering with energy industry leaders, we develop energy sources with limited environmental impacts and improve the nation’s energy infrastructure security, reliability, and efficiency.

Los Alamos has three main areas of focus in energy security

  • Safe and sustainable nuclear energy
  • Materials and concepts for clean energy
  • Mitigating the impact of global energy demand


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Dave Fox of the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences Group (B-11) holds an algae sample in his lab. The Laboratory's biomass team is working to solve the energy crisis through biological methods, including genetically engineering algae and cyanobacteria.

Our scientists and engineers have expertise and perform research in many energy areas

  • Fuel cells
  • Hydrogen storage, production, and safety codes and standards
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Unconventional fossil fuels
  • Carbon dioxide separation and capture
  • Superconductivity
  • Infrastructure analysis
  • Solid-state lighting
  • Biofuels
  • Energy storage
  • Geothermal energy
  • Nuclear reactor design
  • Nuclear fuels development
  • Material behavior under irradiation
  • Nuclear waste management and disposal
  • Environmental impacts of energy systems