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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

For transportation, buildings, and industry

The automobile represents freedom to millions of Americans. We can go where we want and when. But our mobility is not entirely free. More than half of the gasoline we put in our cars and trucks comes from abroad. And the energy we use to heat and cool our homes, run our appliances, and turn on the lights comes mainly from burning coal or natural gas, which releases carbon dioxide, the most abundant of the greenhouse gases, into the atmosphere.

At PNNL, we believe that greater energy efficiency, improved technologies for enabling renewables, such as wind, water, solar, and biomass, and new vehicle technology, including storage systems for electric vehicles, can lead to timely solutions to our nation's energy challenges. We are a team of materials scientists, economists, analysts, and engineers, who are finding more efficient ways to use energy resources in transportation, buildings, and industry, and advancing clean, renewable energy.

We work in these areas:

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