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Forging Our Nation's Clean Energy Future

Americans consume more energy per person than any other country in the world. At PNNL, we believe there can be no energy solutions without associated environmental solutions. From grid modernization and building controls to providing scientifically-defensible solutions for legacy nuclear waste, our researchers are helping deliver our nation's clean energy future.

  • Dawn Wellman

    Wellman Completes Inaugural DOE Leadership Program

    Dawn Wellman completed the Department of Energy's Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program in the spring of 2017. Wellman was chosen to serve as a member of the inaugural program based on her record of professional and scientific accomplishment, demonstrated leadership, commitment to service, and potential for continuing contributions to society.

  • ThermalTracker

    ThermalTracker: The Secret Lives of Bats and Birds Revealed

    Offshore wind developers and stakeholders can accelerate the sustainable, widespread deployment of offshore wind using a new open-source software program called ThermalTracker. Researchers can now collect the data they need to better understand the potential effects of offshore wind turbines on bird and bat populations.

  • Bing Liu

    Bing Liu Selected to Chair Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

    Bing Liu was selected as the conference co-chair for the 2018 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

  • Regional Project Reveals the Potential of Transactive Control

    Regional Project Reveals the Potential of Transactive Control

    Recent results from two PNNL experiments show promise for advancing both the "clean" and "transactive" aspects of energy management—at the intersection of buildings, the power grid, and distributed energy resources.

  • Upgraded Troffer Performance Specification Means More Savings, More Flexibility

    Upgraded Troffer Performance Specification Means More Savings, More Flexibility

    With technical assistance from PNNL, the Better Buildings Alliance released the updated High Efficiency Troffer Performance Specification Version, 6.0. By following the requirements in this specification, commercial building owners can achieve up to 80 percent energy savings, experience reliable performance, and reduce energy costs. If all troffers in the U.S. met this specification, approximately $5 billion in energy costs could be saved annually just from lighting alone!

  • Capturing FutureGen 2.0

    Capturing FutureGen 2.0

    Over the last few decades, carbon capture and storage approaches have been developed to capture carbon dioxide and inject it into underground reservoirs. FutureGen 2.0 was a project that aimed to develop these approaches at the industrial scale. Although support for this project ended in 2015, FutureGen 2.0 provided valuable information and tangible results.

  • Dust Busters

    Dust Busters

    PNNL researchers are using integrated air dispersion modeling to help foster a safe work environment at for demolition workers at Hanford’s radioactive facilities.

Core Research Areas

We are organized into core research areas that align with customers' mission needs.

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas