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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.

  • Vehicle Innovations Shaping the Future of Emergency Responsiveness

    Vehicle Innovations Shaping the Future of Emergency Responsiveness

    As hydrogen fuel cell vehicles begin to enter the market, first responders need advanced training for emergencies. Researchers at PNNL collaborated with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) to develop safety tools and training, now available online. This free resource serves as a one-stop shop for reliable hydrogen and fuel cell information, empowering government and private organizations nationwide to develop customized training programs.

  • PNNL Showcases Technology at ARPA-e

    PNNL Showcases Technology at ARPA-E

    PNNL researchers will be showcasing their innovative energy technology at the 2015 ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit from February 9-11th at the Gaylord Convention Center in Washington DC. The Summit brings together the very best minds in business, academia, and government to advance cutting-edge technologies that could fundamentally change the way we generate, use and store energy.

  • Ultraefficient Algae-to-Biocrude Conversion Process Advances to Pilot Scale

    Ultraefficient Algae-to-Biocrude Conversion Process Advances to Pilot Scale

    Recognizing the need for more cost-effective biomass fuel options, DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office invested in the idea of using hydrothermal liquefaction to streamline the algae-to-biocrude conversion process. Researchers at PNNL advanced their research to the pilot scale in September 2014, resulting in two patents and a 2015 Federal Laboratory Consortium award.

  • PNNL Hosts Annual Energy Managers Training for Army Reserve

    PNNL Hosts Annual Energy Managers Training for Army Reserve

    In late January, PNNL hosted the second annual training for Energy Managers of U.S. Army Reserve facilities. Forty-five Army Reserve personnel participated in the training, along with the PNNL support team and representatives from Plexus Scientific and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.In addition to attending training sessions, participants toured PNNL's Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center, Building Operations Control Center, and Lighting Testing Laboratory.

  • Vehicle Innovations Shaping the Future of Emergency Responsiveness

    Lab Commended for Rapid Evaluation of Fish Passage

    After 11 months of closure to accommodate repairs for a crack in a spillway pier, the Wanapum Dam shoreline on the Columbia River in central Washington reopened to the public on January 7, 2015. Upon discovery of the fracture in February 2014, GCPUD requested that PNNL evaluate passage success, timing, and behavior of adult spring Chinook salmon as they migrated through the modified fish ladders.

  • ChemComm Cover Features Radha Motkuri’s Research

    ChemComm Cover Features Radha Motkuri's Research

    Radha K. Motkuri, Hydrocarbon Processing Group, was featured on the January 7th cover of ChemComm. The issue also published Dr. Motkuri's article, written in collaboration with the University of Houston, which describes how the rational design of silicon-rich zeolites has the potential to improve their thermal stability for applications in catalysis, gas storage, and selective separations.

  • Fred Zhang

    Fred Zhang Invited as Associate Editor for Soil Science Society of America Journal

    Fred Zhang, a scientist in PNNL's Hydrology group, was selected by the Soil Science Society of America Journal (SSSAJ) as an Associate Editor for the Soil Physics division. Dr. Zhang will serve a three-year term from January 2015 through December 2017. The journal has published several articles authored by Dr. Zhang, including some that cover the vadose zone research performed at PNNL.

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Energy and Environment

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