BY CHRISTINA NUNEZ|FEBRUARY 22, 2021

Argonne was established 75 years ago with a mission to advance atomic energy. Today we are working to revitalize the U.S. energy sector and boost growth economywide.

On December 20, 1951, the Experimental Breeder Reactor-I became the first power plant to make usable electricity through atomic fission, which powered four 200-watt light bulbs. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
On December 20, 1951, the Experimental Breeder Reactor-I became the first power plant to make usable electricity through atomic fission, which powered four 200-watt light bulbs. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)

When four light bulbs switched on at the Experimental Breeder Reactor-I in Idaho in 1951, a new energy era began. The lights were powered with the first usable electricity from atomic fission, one in a series of nuclear energy milestones driven by research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

Today, Argonne pursues an ambitious portfolio of research to support a 100 percent clean energy…

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne conducts basic and applied research in clean energy technologies that serve the nation’s energy needs.

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