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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.

  • Corrosion Cracking: When Does it Really Start?

    Corrosion Cracking: When Does it Really Start?

    Pressurized water nuclear reactors are made up of nickel-base alloy components that can crack under stress. New research at PNNL on the microstructural evolution leading up to stress corrosion crack initiation will influence the choice of material, starting condition, and assembly techniques for new reactors.

  • Low-e Storm Windows: Proven for Reduced Energy Costs

    Jeff Dagle Selected as Advisory Board Chair for Grid Resilience Project

    Chief Electrical Engineer, Jeff Dagle, was selected to serve as advisory board chair for the University of Wyoming’s project funded by DOE's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The project, Atmosphere to Grid: Addressing Barriers to Energy Conversion and Delivery, will address some of today's greatest renewable energy deployment barriers toward increasing grid reliability.

  • Low-e Storm Windows: Proven for Reduced Energy Costs

    Low-e Storm Windows: Proven for Reduced Energy Costs

    New data from PNNL's Lab Home testing experiments has found a sure fire way homeowners can quickly notice a difference in their energy bills: by installing storm windows with low-emissivity (low-e) window coatings. An estimated 90 million homes in the United States could benefit from this technology

  •  What Lies Beneath

    What Lies Beneath

    PNNL researchers recently helped DOE meet an important cleanup milestone at Hanford by submitting a technology evaluation plan for iodine-129 at the 200-UP-1 Operable Unit—a key step in advancing efforts to remediate soil and groundwater contamination from Cold War efforts at the site.

  • PNNL's Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center

    Vision for a Modern Grid Improved with PNNL Investment

    With an eye to the future of the nation's electric grid, PNNL's five-year Future Power Grid Initiative (FPGI) came to a close on September 30th, delivering a powerful suite of tools—GridOPTICS™—designed to improve grid management and operations.

  • Cooling off the Energy Impact of Rooftop Units

    Cooling off the Energy Impact of Rooftop Units

    Packaged air conditioners and heat pumps - referred to as rooftop units (RTUs) – frequently operate well below peak efficiencies. Most RTUs are aged and not well maintained, a major issue for the 2.1 million buildings in the United States that use them, until now.

  • Suveen Mathaudhu

    Materials Scientist Elected ASM International Fellow

    Materials scientist Suveen Mathaudhu elected as Fellow of ASM International for his research on metals and materials.

Core Research Areas

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

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas