NNSA’s Global Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention (GIPP) program prevents the spread of WMD technology and expertise by engaging former weapons scientists to develop and promote cutting-edge technology. Investments in GIPP have led to several “green” technology developments highlighting the connection between NNSA’s commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency and NNSA’s efforts to implement President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.
Improving soil health and reducing energy consumption:
NNSA supported collaboration between experts at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Zabolotny Institute forMicrobiology and Virology, Kyiv, Ukraine, the Interdepartmental Scientific Technological Center Kyiv, Ukraine and Northwest Agricultural Products Pasco, WA to develop alternatives to energy intensive and environmentally harmful fertilizers. The collaboration resulted in developing natural biological systems that improve the health of soil microorganisms and improve the nutrient utilization efficiency of corps all while reducing energy consumption from fertilizer manufacturing and minimizing the environmental impact from over nutrient use.
Developing the next generation of electric car batteries:
NNSA currently is supporting collaboration between experts at Argonne National Laboratory, Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology, Dontech Global, American Energy Technologies Company and the Columbian Chemical Company to develop special carbon materials to increase the efficiency and output of electric car batteries. The special carbon material used in lithium-ion and metal-air batteries, both leading contenders for future electric cars, support DOE’s goal of developing affordable long-life, compact and light-weight batteries to reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels.