Nuclear-generated electricity produces benefits beyond keeping our homes warm, lights on, and cell phones charged. The federal government estimates use of carbon-free nuclear energy in America avoids some 650 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory understands nuclear power and its many environmental, energy, and economic benefits. We apply and leverage our expertise, built over several decades, to help facilitate the design of new reactors, safely extend the lives of existing reactors, and develop processes for recycling, safe storage, transportation and disposal of used nuclear fuel. A combination of S&T expertise, a unique Hanford history, and highly equipped facilities - such as the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory, a Category 2 Nuclear Facility - allow us to bring substantial resources to helping solve the nation's nuclear energy challenges.
By serving the Department of Energy, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the nuclear power industry, we ensure that our expertise and research assets are having tangible impact on U.S. energy security.
A PNNL team led by Tara O'Neil was recognized for their support of sustainable management of nuclear waste. DOE's Nuclear Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Andy Griffith wrote to the PNNL team, thanking them for the work they performed that allowed DOE to complete an important report.
Nicole Overman captured a microscopic image of a tungsten-copper alloy, garnering her 3rd place in a science-as-art competition. Overman captured the image with a Scanning Electron Microscope, and added color to the image to show details.
Steven Ross won an award for his poster on spent fuel rods at the International Symposium on the Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Materials.