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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.


  • PNNL Scientists Edit Book on Energy-Efficient OLED Lighting

    PNNL Scientists Edit Book on Energy-Efficient OLED Lighting

    A new, comprehensive book on the energy-efficient lighting known as organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, became available in June. The book was edited by PNNL researchers Dan Gaspar and Evgueni Polikarpov.

  • The Better Buildings Summit Announces Two Energy Efficiency Programs

    The Better Buildings Summit Announces Two Energy Efficiency Programs

    Each year U.S. building owners and managers spend 400 billion dollars on utility bills to keep their buildings healthy and comfortable. The Better Buildings Challenge strives to lower this cost by reducing building energy use by 20 percent over the next 10 years. They contribute to this goal by hosting the annual Better Buildings Summit, an annual meeting held in Washington, D.C. where participants discuss energy efficiency challenges and share successes.

  • PNNL to Study Effectiveness of

    PNNL to Study Effectiveness of "Salmon Cannon"

    There are more than 2,500 hydroelectric dams in the United States. Current fish passage systems, such as ladders, fish lifts, and trap and haul programs, can be costly and in some cases harm fish. In an effort to reduce the impact of hydropower dams on migratory fish, PNNL is evaluating the viability of the Whooshh Fish Transport System, also known as the "salmon cannon."

  • 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 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.

  •  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.

  • Marine Sciences Meets Renewable Energy

    Marine Sciences Meets Renewable Energy

    In a significant step forward to understanding the energy potential of the U.S. coast, the DOE's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office granted PNNL's Marine Science Lab (MSL) —the DOE's only marine research laboratory—funding to establish the Marine Energy Environmental Technology Initiative. The aim of the initiative is to develop and advance instrumentation for monitoring the environmental effects of marine renewable energy.

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