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methane hydrates

Clean Fossil Energy

Unlocking Fire Ice

A PNNL-developed software is being used to study a new way of producing methane hydrates—a massive and largely untapped source of energy.   Rest of story…

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Electricity Infrastructure

PNNL smart grid management technology licensed to Calico

Technology balances power supply and demand at lowest possible cost.   Rest of story…

algae slurry

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

Engineers at PNNL have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae. Rest of story…

Environmental Health & Remediation

Chemical treatment methods show potential for stabilizing contaminants

PNNL study identifies three treatment methods for stabilizing contaminants in underground tanks. Rest of story…

radiogel technology

Nuclear Regulatory

Gel technology offers a promising approach toward cancer treatment

An injectable radiogel technology delivers the yttrium-90 medical isotope to a precise location in the body for targeted radiation therapy. Rest of story…

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  • Northwest Public Radio's Courtney Flatt quoted PNNL's Pete McGrail and described PNNL projects to extract rare earth minerals from geothermal brine. Many regional public radio stations aired the story, including Oregon Public Radio and Jefferson Public Radio. 08.25.14
  • Green Car Congress's Mike Millikin mentioned PNNL in a story about science that underpins biofuels processing. 08.21.14
  • Capital Press' John O'Connell quoted PNNL's Corinne Drennan discussing PNNL's biofuels research in a story about how DOE and three national labs - PNNL, INL & LBNL - are supporting agriculture. 08.21.14
  • Smart Grid News' Jesse Berst noted PNNL's wide-area monitoring and related advanced visualization technologies are helping revolutionize the transmission power grid. 08.20.14
  • PNNL was mentioned in the comments section of an article on efforts by Heart of America and Physicians for Social Responsibility to get Seattle City Light to divest itself of nuclear power in its energy mix. The comment from Energy Northwest's John Dobken states that PNNL is currently managing a seismic analysis effort that includes land containing Energy Northwest nuclear power plant. 08.20.14
  • ClimateWire's Ben Hulac and Northwest Public Radio's Courtney Flatt quoted PNNL's Alice Orrell as saying U.S. installations of distributed wind declined in 2013, while exports of U.S.-made small wind turbines increased. 08.19.14
  • Gizmag reported on the liquid metal alloy anode PNNL developed for sodium beta batteries. 08.17.14
  • IEEE-USA Today's Engineer Online reported PNNL has developed a sponge-like silicon electrode that improves the performance of lithium-ion batteries. 08.15.14
  • Smart Grid News' Jesse Berst reported on PNNL's Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program and its use by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. to thwarts cyberattacks against U.S. utilities. 08.14.14
  • The Gazette-Times of Corvallis, Ore., reported that some research to develop manufacturing methods for injection molding technologies will be done at the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, which is jointly operated by Oregon State University and PNNL. 08.14.14
  • ThinkGeoenergy reported PNNL has been awarded two grants from DOE's Geothermal Technologies Office to extract rare earth metals from geothermal brine. 08.11.14
  • Greentech Media's Jeff St. John reported that UniEnergy Technologies licensed PNNL's advanced electrolyte chemistry for vanadium redox flow batteries and is now marketing its batteries. 08.11.14
  • Columbia Basin Bulletin quoted PNNL's Mark Weiland describing how PNNL is improving accuracy in evaluating juvenile salmon survival during migration through dams. 08.08.14
  • The Encyclopedia of Puget Sound's Katie Harrington wrote a story about PNNL's Ron Thom and his research on eel grass recovery in the Puget Sound. 08.08.14
  • Water & Wastes Digest, Design World and others reported on PNNL research for the GSA that found a chiller with magnetic levitation compressors used 42 percent less energy than a rotary screw chiller in a federal courthouse in Pine Bluff, Ark. 08.08.14
  • Tri-City Herald's Annette Cary reported PNNL is leading two new projects to extract rare earth and other valuable metals from geothermal brine, a byproduct of the geothermal power generation process. 08.07.14
  • Nanowerk reported on research by PNNL's Praveen Thallapally, Pete McGrail, and Radha Kishan Motkuri to develop a nanomaterial called a "metal organic framework" to make an energy-efficient adsorption chiller. 08.07.14
  • Live Science's Tanya Lewis quoted PNNL's Andrea Copping on the energy-generating potential and environmental impacts of ocean energy. Yahoo! News and others reposted the story. 08.05.14
  •'s John Roach quoted PNNL's Kevin Schneider on how much solar power the grid can handle in a story on the growth of residential solar energy. MSN Canada reposted the story. 08.04.14
  • EIN News reported on PNNL's liquid metal alloy anode, which improves the performance of sodium-beta batteries. 08.01.14
  • ClimateWire's Henry Gaas quoted PNNL's Xiaochuan Lu in a story about PNNL's new liquid metal alloy anode, which enables sodium-beta batteries to operate at cooler temperatures. Green Car Congress and others also reported on the new anode. 08.04.14

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