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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.


  • PNNL Grid Expert Testifies in Senate Committee Hearing

    PNNL Grid Expert Testifies in Senate Committee Hearing

    Jeff Taft testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for a hearing on "The State of Technological Innovation Related to the Electric Grid". Taft was one of five witnesses invited to appear before the Committee. The hearing took place on March 17th in Washington D.C.'s Dirksen Senate Office Building.

  • Balducci Delivers Energy Storage Testimony

    Balducci Delivers Energy Storage Testimony

    Patrick Balducci, a senior economist at PNNL, was recently invited to give testimony to the Oregon House Energy and Environment Committee. The March 17 meeting included coverage of House Bill 2193, which "directs electric companies, if authorized by Public Utility Commission, to procure one or more energy storage systems that have capacity to store specified amount of electricity."

  • 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.

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