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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.

  • Perfect Score: New Tool Makes Energy Efficiency Easy

    Perfect Score: New Tool Makes Energy Efficiency Easy

    PNNL's Building Energy Asset Score takes the car sales fuel economy sticker approach and applies it to buying and leasing buildings. The new tool assigns buildings a score of 1 to 10 based on user inputs such as gross floor area, address, and year of construction.

  • How to Make a Modern Grid

    How to Make a Modern Grid

    A newly published PNNL report describes seven paradigm shifts that have proven especially useful for grid architecture work. Chief among these is the need to view the grid as a network of structures for maximum visibility across the system.

  • Safe, Secure Spent-Fuel Shipping

    Safe, Secure Spent-Fuel Shipping

    Researchers at PNNL have laid groundwork for removal of spent nuclear fuel from twelve sites that no longer have operating reactors. A related effort cut a year off the schedule and $180,000 off the cost of designing a railcar to transport the waste.

  • Suveen Mathaudhu

    Mathaudhu's Magnesium Research Published in Nature

    PNNL researcher Suveen Mathaudhu co-authored a Nature article on stronger, lighter magnesium-based composites. The new composite incorporates silicon carbide nanoparticles into the magnesium, creating a strong metal that retains its plasticity and is stable at high temperatures.

  •  Jun Liu and Jason Zhang

    Top One Percent: PNNL's Highly Cited Authors

    Energy storage researchers Jason Zhang and Jun Liu have landed on Thomson Reuters' highly cited authors list. The list recognizes scientists who are among the top one percent of researchers worldwide when it comes to other researchers citing their work.

  • How to Make a Modern Grid

    Beg, Borrow, and Share—A Unique Solution to Balance the Power Grid

    A new PNNL project called Multi-scale Incentive-Based Control of Distributed Assets aims to develop an incentive-based control system for distributed energy resources to balance power demand and supply, increase grid reliability, and decrease carbon emissions. The project was recently selected for nearly $2.7 million in funding from DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program.

  • PNNL Software Helps Greenhouse Gases Go Underground

    PNNL Software Helps Greenhouse Gases Go Underground

    The Environmental Protection Agency and PNNL have established an agreement to use and customize PNNL-developed software in the evaluation of permits for geological sequestration. Under the agreement, Velo will be used for reporting, data management, and collaboration.

Core Research Areas

We are organized into core research areas that align with customers' mission needs.

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas