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Forging Our Nation's Clean Energy Future

Americans consume more energy per person than any other country in the world. At PNNL, we believe there can be no energy solutions without associated environmental solutions. From grid modernization and building controls to providing scientifically-defensible solutions for legacy nuclear waste, our researchers are helping deliver our nation's clean energy future.


  • Guide for Documentation and Validation of Energy Storage System Safety

    Guide for Documentation and Validation of Energy Storage System Safety

    Many energy storage technologies coming to market are relatively new and, as such, are not specifically covered by safety-related codes and standards. The newly released Energy Storage System Guide for Compliance with Safety Codes and Standards helps fill the gap by facilitating the documentation and validation of safety until current codes and standards can ‘catch up’ with the technology by providing the specific criteria applicable to newer energy storage systems.

  • Air Conditioning That’s Out of This World

    Outdoor Lighting Decision Tree Tool Improves Energy Efficiency

    Advanced outdoor lighting technologies offer 50 percent savings and numerous advantages compared to previous outdoor lighting systems. But organizations must first get past common obstacles when transitioning to new lighting technologies. PNNL research engineer Bruce Kinzey created an interactive solution to help organizations overcome these barriers—in just a few mouse clicks.

  • PNNL-Led Campus Project Expands to Multiple Buildings

    PNNL-Led Campus Project Expands to Multiple Buildings

    Phase 1 experiments part of the PNNL-led Clean Energy and Transactive Campus project have been completed. This includes four PNNL experiments—one of which deployed diagnostic algorithms to nine buildings on the PNNL campus. The completed experiments have achieved all milestones and expectations, and are now being documented so that others can replicate them.

  • Rosenberg Named Fellow of Professional Society

    Rosenberg Named ASHRAE Fellow

    PNNL researcher Michael Rosenberg was recognized by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for decades of technical leadership, including work with building owners and design professionals to improve energy efficiency buildings.

  • Air Conditioning That’s Out of This World

    Air Conditioning That's Out of This World

    Cutting air conditioning energy use by sending heat into outer space may not be such a far-out idea. Using new technology developed at Stanford University, PNNL researchers recently found that daytime radiative cooling—the physical process by which an object loses heat to another object of lower temperature—could reduce energy consumption of an office building by 30 to 50 percent.

  • Distributed Wind Market Report Finds Local Wind is Powering More U.S. Companies

    Distributed Wind Market Report Finds Local Wind is Powering More U.S. Companies

    Distributed wind is used all across the United States. The fourth annual Distributed Wind Market Report provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. distributed wind market, including insights into the market's trends and characteristics.

  • PNNL and Industry Team Wins Award for Hybrid Power Generation System

    PNNL and Industry Team Wins Award for Hybrid Power Generation System

    In the power generation industry, efficiency and cost-effectiveness are crucial, but not so easy to achieve. Thanks to PNNL Laboratory Fellow Pete McGrail and collaborators, generating power efficiently and economically may have just gotten a lot easier.

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