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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.


  • Electric Metrics: First-Year Report Describes Metrics to Measure Grid Changes

    Electric Metrics: First-Year Report Describes Metrics to Measure Grid Changes

    A recently published report is bringing the electricity industry one step closer to determining how their investments might impact future power grid performance. The report summarizes the identification, development and description of key metrics that will help the industry measure change as the power grid evolves. These metrics address six of the characteristics important to operating the grid—reliability, resilience, flexibility, sustainability, affordability, and security.

  • Study Indicates Engineered Pore Environment Enhances Attachment of Refrigerants

    Study Indicates Engineered Pore Environment Enhances Attachment of Refrigerants

    Recent research findings at PNNL may ultimately help lower energy consumption in homes and buildings across the nation. A study investigated the effect of the pore environment on the adsorption of refrigerants, specifically water and fluorocarbon R134a, for potential use in adsorption cooling applications.

  • PNNL Recognized for Excellence in Supporting Hanford Vit Plant

    PNNL Recognized for Excellence in Supporting Hanford Vit Plant

    PNNL was recently recognized as a key contributor to the Hanford Vit Plant project when the Lab received Bechtel's Nuclear, Security & Environmental Large Business Subcontractor 2016 Supply Chain Recognition Program Award. This annual award honors subcontractors and suppliers for a "Commitment to Excellence and Quality."

  • Brightest Brains in Geoscience Scheduled to Talk Shop at Newberry Volcano

    Brightest Brains in Geoscience Scheduled to Talk Shop at Newberry Volcano

    The NEWGEN consortium, which includes PNNL, is pleased to announce an international workshop of geoscience experts will be held this Fall to develop a full proposal for drilling one of the hottest wells in the world at Newberry Volcano, central Oregon. The workshop will be held at the Oregon State University’s Cascades campus in Bend, Oregon from September 10-14, 2017.

  • Preparing for the ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition

    Preparing for the ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition

    The first-ever Grid Optimization—or GO—Competition will challenge researchers and industry to develop and test power system optimization and control tools to accelerate new solutions for the nation’s power grid. Competition development was led by a research team from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with support from the Department of Energy.

  • Dave Anderson

    PNNL Research Economist Invited to Serve on Standards Committee Working Group

    PNNL senior research economist Dave Anderson was recently invited by colleagues at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to serve on a working group of the American Nuclear Society Environmental and Siting Consensus Committee. His subject matter expertise in the areas of socioeconomics, environmental justice, and land use and his many years of environmental siting and regulatory support make Anderson well-suited to supporting this effort.

  • Dawn Wellman

    Wellman Completes Inaugural DOE Leadership Program

    Dawn Wellman completed the Department of Energy's Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program in the spring of 2017. Wellman was chosen to serve as a member of the inaugural program based on her record of professional and scientific accomplishment, demonstrated leadership, commitment to service, and potential for continuing contributions to society.

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