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methane hydrates

Clean Fossil Energy

Unlocking Fire Ice

A PNNL-developed software is being used to study a new way of producing methane hydrates—a massive and largely untapped source of energy.   Rest of story…

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Electricity Infrastructure

PNNL smart grid management technology licensed to Calico

Technology balances power supply and demand at lowest possible cost.   Rest of story…

algae slurry

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

Engineers at PNNL have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae. Rest of story…

Environmental Health & Remediation

Chemical treatment methods show potential for stabilizing contaminants

PNNL study identifies three treatment methods for stabilizing contaminants in underground tanks. Rest of story…

radiogel technology

Nuclear Regulatory

Gel technology offers a promising approach toward cancer treatment

An injectable radiogel technology delivers the yttrium-90 medical isotope to a precise location in the body for targeted radiation therapy. Rest of story…

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PNNL in the News

  • Smart Grid News' Jesse Berst reported on PNNL's Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program and its use by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. to thwarts cyberattacks against U.S. utilities. 08.14.14
  • The Gazette-Times of Corvallis, Ore., reported that some research to develop manufacturing methods for injection molding technologies will be done at the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, which is jointly operated by Oregon State University and PNNL. 08.14.14
  • ThinkGeoenergy reported PNNL has been awarded two grants from DOE's Geothermal Technologies Office to extract rare earth metals from geothermal brine. 08.11.14
  • Greentech Media's Jeff St. John reported that UniEnergy Technologies licensed PNNL's advanced electrolyte chemistry for vanadium redox flow batteries and is now marketing its batteries. 08.11.14
  • Columbia Basin Bulletin quoted PNNL's Mark Weiland describing how PNNL is improving accuracy in evaluating juvenile salmon survival during migration through dams. 08.08.14
  • The Encyclopedia of Puget Sound's Katie Harrington wrote a story about PNNL's Ron Thom and his research on eel grass recovery in the Puget Sound. 08.08.14
  • Water & Wastes Digest, Design World and others reported on PNNL research for the GSA that found a chiller with magnetic levitation compressors used 42 percent less energy than a rotary screw chiller in a federal courthouse in Pine Bluff, Ark. 08.08.14
  • Tri-City Herald's Annette Cary reported PNNL is leading two new projects to extract rare earth and other valuable metals from geothermal brine, a byproduct of the geothermal power generation process. 08.07.14
  • Nanowerk reported on research by PNNL's Praveen Thallapally, Pete McGrail, and Radha Kishan Motkuri to develop a nanomaterial called a "metal organic framework" to make an energy-efficient adsorption chiller. 08.07.14
  • Live Science's Tanya Lewis quoted PNNL's Andrea Copping on the energy-generating potential and environmental impacts of ocean energy. Yahoo! News and others reposted the story. 08.05.14
  •'s John Roach quoted PNNL's Kevin Schneider on how much solar power the grid can handle in a story on the growth of residential solar energy. MSN Canada reposted the story. 08.04.14
  • EIN News reported on PNNL's liquid metal alloy anode, which improves the performance of sodium-beta batteries. 08.01.14
  • ClimateWire's Henry Gaas quoted PNNL's Xiaochuan Lu in a story about PNNL's new liquid metal alloy anode, which enables sodium-beta batteries to operate at cooler temperatures. Green Car Congress and others also reported on the new anode. 08.04.14

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PNNL's John Frye and Alan Zacher have received the 2015 ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry for developing a sustainable, economic process to create the common chemical propylene glycol from renewable sources instead of petroleum. The Tri-City Herald and Businessweek have reported on this award.

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