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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.


  • 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.

  • 10 Ways We 'Walk the Sustainable Walk' at PNNL

    10 Ways We 'Walk the Sustainable Walk' at PNNL

    When it comes to sustainability, we don't just 'talk the talk.' By using our campus as a living laboratory to test innovative concepts, upgrading our assets, and promoting conservation behavior, we 'walk the walk.' Here are 10 things we're doing to help create a more economically, socially, and environmentally prosperous PNNL.

  • Inventor of the Year Named by PNNL

    Inventor of the Year Named by PNNL

    Zimin Nie was named as the PNNL Inventor of the Year, becoming the first woman to receive this honor. Two other researchers, Wendy Bennett and Xiaohong Shari Li, were named Battelle Distinguished Inventors. The trio perform research at PNNL in the Energy and Environment Directorate.

  • International Collaboration Studies Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Devices

    International Collaboration Studies Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Devices

    State of Science Report summarizes interactions of marine renewable energy devices with the marine environment, the animals that live there, and the habitats that support them. The report research was a collaboration led by the United States with 13 different nations.

  • International Collaboration Studies Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Devices

    Lithium Hoarding Behind Failure of Promising New Battery

    Through the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, researchers at PNNL discovered how a salt used in the electrolyte plays a critical role in allowing lithium-sulfur batteries to hold a charge after more than 200 uses; this work offers needed design principles for creating long-lasting, high-capacity batteries.

  • Researchers Increase Accuracy of Measurements for Marine Energy Potential

    Researchers Increase Accuracy of Measurements for Marine Energy Potential

    Teaming up on a DOE project spearheaded by the University of Edinburgh, PNNL analyzed data on ocean tidal flow velocities obtained from an improved measurement tool— the convergent-beam acoustic Doppler profiler (C-ADP).

  • Grid Researchers Heed the Need for Speed

    Grid Researchers Heed the Need for Speed

    The nation's complex power grid requires speedy, informed decision-making. PNNL researchers have developed and applied high-performance computing techniques to enhance the speed of General Electric's Positive Sequence Load Flow by nearly 200 percent.

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