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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.


  • If the Grid Becomes a Value Exchange, How Do We Assign Value to it?

    If the Grid Becomes a Value Exchange, How Do We Assign Value to it?

    In Transactive Systems (TS), value is exchanged between parties through a technology-enabled platform. When applied to electricity, this approach has the potential to provide critical flexibility to the grid, as well as increased value to individuals, buildings, and society. Researchers from PNNL and Navigant Consulting analyze this approach and offer insights and recommendations in a new report, Valuation of Transactive Systems.

  • Small Business Vouchers Further Clean Energy Technology

    New Method Shows Promise for Turning Energy Peaks into Valleys

    Early results from an experiment at PNNL strongly suggest that a new method known as Intelligent Load Control, or ILC, rapidly reins in a building's energy demand—without harming the comfort of building occupants. The results could help advance transactive energy concepts nationwide.

  • Pursuing Grid Flexibility, Avoiding Grid Lock

    Pursuing Grid Flexibility, Avoiding Grid Lock

    Distributed energy resources (DERs), like renewable solar photovoltaic and energy storage systems, are part of the answer to a more diversified power supply. But, the interconnection application process for bringing these new resources online has proven inefficient for both utilities and the owners of these systems. A new software tool, called GridUnity™, helps utilities cut application review times from months to only one and a half hours.

  • New Insights from Old Glass

    New Insights from Old Glass

    How might old—really old—glass immobilize radioactive waste at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state? Researchers are seeking answers from walls containing ancient glass in Europe. These walls, known as hillforts, are defense structures that date as far back as the Bronze Age.

  • Mining Uranium from Seawater

    Take the Heat, Cool the Glass

    Based on results from a recent PNNL study, the DOE now has strong evidence that the heating and cooling system at the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant will safely cool the radioactive waste glass produced at its Low-Activity Waste and High-Level Waste Vitrification Facilities. What's more, DOE may be able to boost glass production rates, which in turn could shorten the mission life of the multi-billion dollar plant.

  • Tom Brouns

    Tom Brouns named Fellow of Waste Management Symposia

    Tom Brouns, a senior manager and chemical engineer at PNNL, was recently honored with the title of Fellow of Waste Management Symposia. The symposia is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and opportunity on global radioactive waste management.

  • Inventor of the Year Named by PNNL

    Thallapally Presents Metal-Organic Framework Research

    Kudos to PNNL materials scientist Dr. Praveen K. Thallapally for being invited to present his research on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee (NEAC) Subcommittee on Fuel Cycle Technologies. He gave a 40-minute presentation titled "Metal Organic Frameworks for Removal of Xenon and Krypton from Nuclear Reprocessing Plants" April 6 in Washington, DC.

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