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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.

  • Perfect Score: New Tool Makes Energy Efficiency Easy

    Perfect Score: New Tool Makes Energy Efficiency Easy

    PNNL's Building Energy Asset Score takes the car sales fuel economy sticker approach and applies it to buying and leasing buildings. The new tool assigns buildings a score of 1 to 10 based on user inputs such as gross floor area, address, and year of construction.

  • How to Make a Modern Grid

    How to Make a Modern Grid

    A newly published PNNL report describes seven paradigm shifts that have proven especially useful for grid architecture work. Chief among these is the need to view the grid as a network of structures for maximum visibility across the system.

  • Safe, Secure Spent-Fuel Shipping

    Safe, Secure Spent-Fuel Shipping

    Researchers at PNNL have laid groundwork for removal of spent nuclear fuel from twelve sites that no longer have operating reactors. A related effort cut a year off the schedule and $180,000 off the cost of designing a railcar to transport the waste.

  • How to Make a Modern Grid

    Beg, Borrow, and Share—A Unique Solution to Balance the Power Grid

    A new PNNL project called Multi-scale Incentive-Based Control of Distributed Assets aims to develop an incentive-based control system for distributed energy resources to balance power demand and supply, increase grid reliability, and decrease carbon emissions. The project was recently selected for nearly $2.7 million in funding from DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program.

  • PNNL Software Helps Greenhouse Gases Go Underground

    PNNL Software Helps Greenhouse Gases Go Underground

    The Environmental Protection Agency and PNNL have established an agreement to use and customize PNNL-developed software in the evaluation of permits for geological sequestration. Under the agreement, Velo will be used for reporting, data management, and collaboration.

  • Carlos Fernandez

    Physical Chemist Carlos Fernandez's Team Wins IChemE Global Award

    PNNL chemist Carlos Fernandez and his team of researchers received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering from the Institution of Chemical Engineers for their efforts in developing non-toxic hydraulic fracturing fluid. The fluid can be used to make fracking more productive and environmentally friendly.

  • Ramprashad Prabhakaran

    PNNL's Prabhakaran is Leading the Way

    Ramprashad Prabhakaran, a materials science researcher in the Reactor Materials & Mechanical Design group, was selected as one of eight rising professionals to participate in the 8th Annual Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) Conference, held in Reston, Virginia in November 2015.

Core Research Areas

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

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas