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Research for secure, sustainable energy

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 waste, our researchers are helping deliver secure, sustainable energy.

  • Specialized Ultrasound Technique Inspects Hanford Tank Integrity

    Specialized Ultrasound Technique Inspects Hanford Tank Integrity

    Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) and PNNL researchers just completed testing of an adapted Ultrasonic Volumetric nondestructive examination process on a 12-by-20-foot mock Hanford waste tank bottom. With this novel sensor technology, it may now be possible to inspect the physically inaccessible tank bottom plates. This has never been possible before because about 90 percent of the tank bottom is blocked by insulating concrete.

  • Lori O'Neil

    PNNL Cybersecurity Expert Elected to (ISC)2 Board of Directors

    Lori O'Neil, a PNNL Energy Cybersecurity Project Manager, has been elected to the (ISC)2 Board of Directors. (ISC)2 is a 138,000-member international nonprofit association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world.

  • Robert (Bob) Davis

    Illuminating the Link between Light and Health

    The Illuminating Engineering Society recently awarded PNNL's Robert Davis the IES Presidential Award for his ongoing efforts to foster dialogue about light and human health amongst researchers and professionals from various fields.

  • Wave energy devices

    Stopping Fires before They Start: How a Salty Solution is Giving Lithium Metal Batteries a Safety Check

    A PNNL research team has addressed safety as well as performance challenges posed by lithium metal batteries through the development of a new electrolyte.

  • Wave energy devices

    Finding Energy Opportunities in the Blue Economy

    What if you could directly harness ocean energy to bring power where it didn't exist before? In a first-of-its-kind assessment, researchers from PNNL, working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, have identified and assessed 12 markets that could benefit from marine energy.

  • Student Research Spotlighted in Prestigious Journal

    Student Research Spotlighted in Prestigious Journal

    Jamey Bower leveraged two summers of chemistry research at PNNL—through the SULI program—into a lead author role. The peer-reviewed journal article in the prestigious Applied Materials and Interfaces shows that potassium-loaded zeolite material was best at adsorbing carbon dioxide under industrial conditions.

  • PNNL Staff Are Among the 'Titans of Nuclear'

    Sustainable Jet Fuel: The Flight Path from Fundamental Science to Applied Technology

    PNNL's thermocatalytic process opened the door to sustainable jet fuel from low-cost waste gases. Commercial partner LanzaTech will build a U.S. facility to make millions of gallons of ethanol-based fuel annually.

Core Research Areas

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

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas