Energy and Subsurface

Los Alamos is using its world-class scientific capabilities to enhance national energy security by developing energy sources with limited environmental impact and by improving the efficiency and reliability of the energy infrastructure.


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The Applied Energy Programs encompass the broad set of energy focus areas:

  • Fuel cells
  • Hydrogen storage & production
  • Hydrogen safety codes and standards
  • Vehicle technologies
  • Carbon storage
  • Unconventional fossil fuels
  • Carbon dioxode separation & capture
  • Superconductivity
  • Smart grid
  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Geothermal energy
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E)


Sustainable energy, climate impacts, nuclear threat detection, and environmental management are primary focus areas of earth and environmental science and research. We combine our capabilities in field and laboratory measurements with analysis and modeling on high-performance computers to:

  • Reveal climate change drivers and ecosystem impacts
  • Perfect geological greenhouse gas sequestration
  • Model and predict subsurface movement
  • Improve geothermal and unconventional oil/gas extraction
  • Develop wind energy
  • Predict wildland and urban fires
  • Provide advanced seismic imaging
  • Monitor, detect and predict underground explosions, improvised weapons.

This work is done through Los Alamos' Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.