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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.


  • The American Ceramic Society elevates Ram Devanathan to Fellow

    The American Ceramic Society elevates Ram Devanathan to Fellow

    Energy and Environment's Ram Devanathan was selected to be elevated to the grade of Fellow of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS). Devanathan was highly recommended by the Panel of Fellows and the ACerS Board of Directors unanimously approved his selection.

  • John Holladay

    John Holladay was named a Distinguished Inventor of Battelle for Fiscal Year 2014

    Energy and Environment's, John Holladay was named a Distinguished Inventor of Battelle for Fiscal Year 2014. Holladay is one of 23 researchers, who have previously been named on 14 or more U.S. patents.

  •  Oregon Volcano Considered for Federal Geothermal Energy Lab

    Oregon Volcano Considered for Federal Geothermal Energy Lab

    New ways to extract underground heat to produce electricity with enhanced geothermal systems could be tested at a proposed research field observatory in central Oregon.

  • PNNL Shares Nuclear Expertise with Neighbors to the North

    PNNL Shares Nuclear Expertise with Neighbors to the North

    The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) is in the process of upgrading its shielded facilities and hot cells at the Chalk River Laboratories in Deep River, Ontario. As part of the project, CNL reached out to DOE's PNNL and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to provide on-site technical support.

  • New Fluid Could Revolutionize Reservoir Stimulation

    New Fluid Could Revolutionize Reservoir Stimulation

    Borrowing from well-understood polymers used in medicine, researchers at PNNL are developing a new stimulation fluid that could be a boon to tapping both geothermal energy and unconventional oil and gas reserves. The fluid is a solution of water and 1% non-toxic polyallylamine that could lead to more effective, environmentally friendly hydraulic fracturing applications.

  • Fueling America's Transportation Industry

    Fueling America's Transportation Industry

    Liquid fuels from fossil-based resources are the backbone of the transportation industry. What if we could create these fuels from biomass – plant and waste sources? Researchers at PNNL have been experimenting with this possibility for decades, and have now advanced their capabilities to the large-scale.

  • Innovation and Industry Impact Focus of EERE Assistant Secretary Visit to PNNL

    Innovation and Industry Impact Focus of EERE Assistant Secretary Visit to PNNL

    David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Reliable Energy (EERE), visited PNNL in Richland on March 6. This was Danielson's first visit to the Lab in his Assistant Secretary role.

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