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Forging Our Nation's Clean Energy Future

Americans consume more energy per person than any other country in the world. At PNNL, we believe there can be no energy solutions without associated environmental solutions. From grid modernization and building controls to providing scientifically-defensible solutions for legacy nuclear waste, our researchers are helping deliver our nation's clean energy future.

  • Henry Huang

    Controls Engineer Named Fellow of Renowned Engineering Institute

    Researcher Zhenyu Huang was elevated to the grade of Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his work in dynamic analysis and high performance computing.

  • Sturgeon

    Sturgeon, Lamprey, and Eel: Special Tags for Special Fish

    Small, long-lasting new fish tags developed by PNNL allows researchers to better study the lives of adult eels, lamprey, and sturgeon. By studying migration patterns of these species around hydropower dams, scientists can increase safe fish passage rates around waterway structures.

  • Trucks, Trains, Ships, and Cranes: Tracking Transportation Stress and Vibration

    Trucks, Trains, Ships, and Cranes: Tracking Transportation Stress and Vibration

    PNNL is part of an international team studying the stresses that spent fuel rods may experience during transport by truck, rail, barge, and ocean-going vessel, as well as transfer between these modes. A rail transport cask containing simulated spent nuclear rods and assemblies will be fitted with instruments to measure mechanical stresses as it travels in 2017 between Europe and the United States.

  • No Coking Zone

    No Coking Zone

    A PNNL team evaluated different microscopy and spectroscopy methods to gain a clearer understanding of coking in catalysts. The team used X-ray absorption spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and atom probe tomography to map out the catalyst and identify the location and chemical nature of the coke during conversion of ethanol to high value fuel.

  • The Ultimate Wind Energy Research Assistant: WREN Hub

    The Ultimate Wind Energy Research Assistant: WREN Hub

    A PNNL-developed website called Tethys supports a growing community of researchers, regulators, and developers in the areas of wind and marine energy. Tethys added a resource called WREN Hub to provide users with an easily searchable database of white papers and scientific reports regarding how wind energy devices impact wildlife.

  • Trucks, Trains, Ships, and Cranes: Tracking Transportation Stress and Vibration

    Catching More Carbon with Less Sticky Solvents

    Researchers at PNNL have found a better way to test carbon-capturing solvents. They created and validated a computational model that predicts how easily a solvent will flow and how much carbon it will capture. The model offers definitive, accurate predictions about different carbon-capture solvents and it can—in a few hours or days—show the potential capture properties of a solvent.

  •  Engineer Appointed to Lighting Society Board

    Engineer Appointed to Lighting Society Board

    Naomi Miller was appointed At-Large-Director of the Illuminating Engineering Society Board of Directors. Her new responsibilities will include…

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