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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.


  • Self-Powered Fish Tags Make for Long-Lasting Research

    Dam Operators Keep their Cool with Cold Spray Repairs

    A PNNL partnership with the U.S. Army Research Lab and industry is developing more efficient and cost-effect way to repair damaged turbines in hydropower dams. The new method uses cold spray repair techniques that can be quickly implemented by dam operators.

  • PNNL Research Sparks Discussions at 2016 IEEE PES General Meeting

    PNNL Research Sparks Discussions at 2016 IEEE PES General Meeting

    With strong national support for cleaner and more reliable electricity, attendees at this year’s 2016 IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) General Meeting are rallying around the theme “Paving the Way for Grid Modernization.” This week, dozens of PNNL researchers discuss advances from their investigations into transmission system reliability and advanced computing, to transactive controls, smart grid, energy storage, and more.

  • Self-Powered Fish Tags Make for Long-Lasting Research

    Self-Powered Fish Tags Make for Long-Lasting Research

    Two new fish tracking tag models using the Juvenile Salmon Acoustic Telemetry System (JSATS) are able to power themselves using the swimming motion of fish. The self-powered tags open up new possibilities for long-term fish tracking and behavior studies.

  • Grid Contingency Analysis Software Helps Prevent Cascading Failures

    Grid Contingency Analysis Software Helps Prevent Cascading Failures

    The Dynamic Contingency Analysis Tool is a software package designed for electrical utility companies to better understand power system failures during extreme events, thus reducing the likelihood of cascading power losses or blackouts. The tool could help utilities comply with new planning requirements.

  • Highly magnetic, black magnetite nanoparticles are functionalized with a brownish colored metal-organic framework (MOF) shell.

    Magnetic Attraction Extracts Valuable Rare Earth Elements

    By looking at a problem at a nanoscale level, PNNL researchers are developing an economic way to extract valuable rare earth elements from geothermal fluids. This novel approach may help meet the high demand for rare earth elements that are used in many clean energy technologies.

  • Eric Nyberg receives Special Recognition Award from DOE Vehicle Technologies Office

    Researcher Recognized for 10 Years of Efforts in Lightweight Materials Program

    At the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and Vehicle Technologies Office's (VTO) 2016 Annual Merit Review, PNNL's Eric Nyberg was awarded with the 2016 DOE VTO Special Recognition Award for his leadership, enthusiasm, and tireless effort over 10 years in support of the Magnesium Front End Research and Development Program.

  • Kate McMordie Stoughton

    Sustainability Superstar

    PNNL's Kate McMordie Stoughton was recognized as a Sustainability Superstar in the June issue of DOE's Sustainability Performance Office newsletter. McMordie Stoughton, a water efficiency engineer at PNNL, led the development of the DOE Strategic Water Management Plan for the Sustainability Performance Office.

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