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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.


  • Tracking Injected Fluids: A Seismic Contrast Agent Breakthrough

    Tracking Injected Fluids: A Seismic Contrast Agent Breakthrough

    Researchers at PNNL are developing a new class of acoustically active nanomaterials designed to improve the high-resolution tracking of exploratory fluids injected into the subsurface. Once deployed in the field as stable injectable liquid, the new acoustic metamaterials could disrupt current technologies and improve the way subsurface geophysical monitoring and mapping is done.

  • Plutonium Experiment Opens New Research Possibilities

    Plutonium Experiment Opens New Research Possibilities

    Researchers used novel methods to safely create and analyze plutonium samples. The approaches could prove influential in future studies of the radioactive material, improving fundamental knowledge and perhaps benefitting research in legacy waste, national security and nuclear fuels.

  • Collecting and processing tracer samples from within the SURF mine

    Remote Mine Experiment Heads into Its Second Data-Rich Year

    Two years after research began in a mine in Lead, SD, PNNL researchers are as excited about what they've learned as they are that it's largely been done remotely. The work is part of DOE's collaborative Enhanced Geothermal Systems project, or EGS Collab.

  • Boosting Biocrude: Gaining Twice the Fuel from Corn Waste

    Boosting Biocrude: Gaining Twice the Fuel from Corn Waste

    Combining yeast and hydrothermal liquefaction to process corn stover could double the amount of renewable diesel produced from a bale of corn stover compared to previous biorefinery designs.

  • Providing International Guidance to Achieve Remediation End States

    Providing International Guidance to Achieve Remediation "End States"

    An International Atomic Energy Agency effort, chaired by PNNL's Mike Truex, will help inform the process for achieving successful end states at contaminated sites worldwide.

  • Radiological Microscopy Suite Enables Innovative Nuclear Science

    Imaging Goes Underground at the Hanford Site

    "It's sort of like using infrared goggles to see heat signatures in the dark, except this is underground." PNNL researchers worked with CHPRC to successfully implement a state-of-the-art approach for monitoring the process of remediating residual uranium found in the soil at Hanford’s 300 Area near the Columbia River.

  •  Radha Motkuri

    Motkuri Joins Inorganic Chemistry Editorial Advisory Board

    Radha Motkuri, a PNNL senior research scientist, has been invited to serve on the editorial advisory board of the American Chemical Society's journal Inorganic Chemistry.

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