A 10-year look at the battery supply chain in America

A new report summarizes the manufacturing and production locations of lithium-ion battery cells and packs by make and model for PEVs sold in the U.S. from 2010 to 2020. It also summarizes the annual and cumulative Li-ion battery capacity installed in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) sold in the U.S.

Argonne leads creation of definitive valuation guide for pumped storage hydropower

Argonne scientists led four other laboratories in developing definitive guidance on how to value pumped storage hydropower projects. Their efforts resulted in DOE publication of the Pumped Storage Hydropower Valuation Guidebook: A Cost-Benefit and Decision Analysis Valuation Framework. The guide provides an objective, transparent valuation methodology and helps measure both monetary and non-monetary value streams.


As COVID-19 vaccines slowly roll out across the world, government officials in densely populated countries must still manage vulnerable communities at highest risk of an outbreak. In a new study published in the journal Risk Analysis, researchers in India propose a COVID Risk Assessment and Mapping (CRAM) framework that results in a zoned map that officials can use to place more targeted restrictions on high-risk communities. Successfully used by officials in Jaipur at the peak of the pandemic last spring, their framework could help other vulnerable countries avoid a shutdown of their regional economies.

Great expectations: Argonne scientists weigh benefits of increased hydrogen production

Hydrogen technology has the potential to transform aspects of the energy landscape, according to a new report from Argonne scientists.

UA Little Rock receives $300,000 grant to create statewide economic recovery plan

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The two-year project will include the creation of an economic recovery plan as well as the development of a history of the economic impact of COVID-19 on the state.

ReCell Center could save costly nickel and cobalt, transform battery recycling worldwide

Argonne’s ReCell Center has already made pivotal discoveries as scientists create and test new recycling processes and battery designs. These discoveries will help grow a globally competitive U.S. recycling industry.

Nobel laureate Oliver Williamson, pioneer of organizational economics, dies at 87

Oliver Williamson, a UC Berkeley and Haas School of Business professor for nearly three decades whose elegant framework for analyzing the structure of organizations won him a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, passed away on May 21, 2020 in Berkeley, Calif. at the age of 87. His death followed a period of failing health. Williamson’s work permanently changed how economists view organizations.

Precision medicine guides choice of better drug therapy in severe heart disease

Is personalized medicine cost-effective? Researchers have answered that question for one medical treatment, genotype-guided antiplatelet therapy for acute coronary syndrome patients with PCI. Their study uses pharmacogenomics and economic analysis of real-world clinical data.

EXPERT PITCH: Disruption of sports has ‘substantial, uncertain’ impact on long-term broadcast rights, ticket sales, fan attendance, says WVU economist

With fears over the novel coronavirus shuttering the sports world, Brad Humphreys, economics professor at West Virginia University, said the long-term economic impact could be “substantial” and “uncertain.”  Humphreys, whose area of expertise is the economics and financing of sports,…

Expert analysis by Thunderbird’s Doug Guthrie: The Age of Cooptation: The Cost of Doing Business in Xi’s China

The Age of Cooptation: The Cost of Doing Business in Xi’s China (Business, China, China Capitalism, International Trade, Supply Chain, Xi Jinping, Covid19, Coronavirus)   By Doug Guthrie The cost of doing business in China today is a high one,…