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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.


  • In this illustration, a series of five borehole muon detectors are deployed in a horizontal well below a carbon dioxide reservoir

    Many Muons: Imaging the Underground with Help from the Cosmos

    Once used to explore the inside of pyramids and volcanoes alike, muons—elementary particles originating from cosmic rays—are now enabling researchers to see deep underground with a technological breakthrough from PNNL. Scientists successfully tested the prototype borehole muon detector, moving it one step closer to field deployment for the imaging of carbon dioxide plumes and other subsurface features such as geologic layers, minerals, or other energy resources.

  • Keeping Fast Reactor Steel in Shape

    Keeping Fast Reactor Steel in Shape

    PNNL researchers working on advanced fast-reactor fuel cladding show that ferritic steels strengthened with a dispersion of nanometer-size oxide particles resist swelling damage to ultra-high irradiation dose needed for advanced, long-life core reactor designs.

  • IEEE Power & Energy Magazine’s May/June cover

    Transactive Times: Three PNNL Researchers Featured in Special Issue

    The May/June 2016 issue of IEEE's Power & Energy Magazine focuses on a topic that the grid gurus at PNNL hold dear: transactive energy. Three of PNNL's own leaders in the transactive energy continuum are featured in the issue, which may help demystify transactive energy and put it on the map as a novel approach for energy management.

  • Architecture-Friendly Organic Light-Emitting Diodes Studied in Demonstration

    Real-time Relief for Easing Congestion on the Power Grid

    Congestion on transmission lines worsens when atypical power demands patterns hit the grid. Abnormal spikes in demand or renewable energy coming online must squeeze into the existing transfer limits. PNNL and its partners are using high-performance computing to develop a "real-time path rating" software tool that allows operators to complete all required simulations of the transmission path ratings within minutes, instead of hours.

  • Kate McMordie Stoughton

    Sustainability Superstar

    PNNL's Kate McMordie Stoughton was recognized as a Sustainability Superstar in the June issue of DOE's Sustainability Performance Office newsletter. McMordie Stoughton, a water efficiency engineer at PNNL, led the development of the DOE Strategic Water Management Plan for the Sustainability Performance Office.

  •  Scale-up of Aviation Biofuels from Alcohols Reaching New Heights

    Scale-up of Aviation Biofuels from Alcohols Reaching New Heights

    Over the course of a 10-hour flight, a passenger airliner burns roughly 36,000 gallons of fuel—about one gallon every second. As such, developing cleaner alternative sources of jet fuel is a priority for the airline industry and DOE.

  • 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.

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