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As PNNL's Energy & Environment organization, our mission is unique in its diversity, from discovering efficient sources for renewable energy to providing scientifically defensible solutions for legacy nuclear waste. Through grid modernization and hydropower research, to buildings and appliances, our wide-ranging research areas are creating a safer environment while moving new ideas from the bench to the market. We are dedicated to a cleaner future, restored environment, and a stronger economy.


  • Fueling America's Transportation Industry

    Fueling America's Transportation Industry

    Liquid fuels from fossil-based resources are the backbone of the transportation industry. What if we could create these fuels from biomass – plant and waste sources? Researchers at PNNL have been experimenting with this possibility for decades, and have now advanced their capabilities to the large-scale.

  • Innovation and Industry Impact Focus of EERE Assistant Secretary Visit to PNNL

    Innovation and Industry Impact Focus of EERE Assistant Secretary Visit to PNNL

    David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Reliable Energy (EERE), visited PNNL in Richland on March 6. This was Danielson's first visit to the Lab in his Assistant Secretary role.

  • PNNL Co-Hosts Regional Workshop on Nuclear Innovation

    PNNL Co-Hosts Regional Workshop on Nuclear Innovation

    In partnership with Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., PNNL hosted one of six nationwide workshops on nuclear energy innovation from March 3-5, 2015. Sponsored by DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy, workshop focus areas included new concepts in energy systems and subsystems, use of existing technologies, improved R&D paradigms, and streamlined regulation.

  • VOLTTRON™: A Not-so-Secret Agent for Managing Energy Use in Buildings

    VOLTTRON™: A Not-so-Secret Agent for Managing Energy Use in Buildings

    Created to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing energy system and the need to integrate renewable energy generation, energy storage, and electric vehicles, PNNL's VOLTTRON is an open source software platform for distributed sensing and control for smart grid and building applications. A Connecticut firm recently licensed the software platform for managing building energy use.

  • Creating Algal Biofuels Out of Thin Air

    Creating Algal Biofuels Out of Thin Air

    Producing sustainable biofuels with microalgae has gained widespread interest, with projections that these microscopic aquatic plants could contribute significantly to oil production. With a grant from DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office, researchers at PNNL's Marine Sciences Laboratory will be partnering with MicroBio Engineering, Inc. while using a combination of manipulations to maximize the transfer of CO2 from air into algal pond cultures.

  • PNNL's Wayne Johnson Honored by OSU

    PNNL's Wayne Johnson Honored by OSU

    Wayne Johnson, division director of Earth Systems Science, was named to the Academy of Distinguished Engineers in a ceremony held at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Ore. on Feb. 25. The Academy of Distinguished Engineer award is given to individuals with at least 20 years of professional experience who have made sustained and distinguished contributions to the profession, the field, the university, or society at large.

  • PNNL's Qafoku Invited to Serve on Prominent Soil Science Editorial Advisory Board

    PNNL's Qafoku Invited to Serve on Prominent Soil Science Editorial Advisory Board

    The Encyclopedia of Soil Science Editor-in-Chief has invited Nik Qafoku, a scientist in the Geosciences group, to serve on the Editorial Advisor Board for the 3rd edition of the encyclopedia, scheduled to publish in early 2016. The encyclopedia covers all branches of soil science and addresses numerous challenges including soil structure, irrigation, erosion control, and more.

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