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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.

  •  Four Energy Storage Experts Named to Highly Cited Researchers List

    Four Energy Storage Experts Named to Highly Cited Researchers List

    Four PNNL energy storage experts were among 3,300 national and international scientists named to Clarivate Analytics annual Highly Cited Researchers list.

  • Vincent Sprenkle

    Sprenkle Discusses PNNL Energy Storage Research with U.S. Senate

    PNNL's Sprenkle testifies before the Senate on the federal role in making significant scientific advancements that will bolster growth in the energy storage markets.

  • Imhoff Provides Dual Briefings to Congress in October

    Imhoff Provides Dual Briefings to Congress in October

    Carl Imhoff—lead of electricity infrastructure research at PNNL and chair of the Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium—lent his expertise at two Congressional hearings in October: one with the U.S. House of Representatives and one with the Senate.

  • Flexible Lighting Evaluated in Mental Health Facility

    Flexible Lighting Evaluated in Mental Health Facility

    Tunable LED lighting that mimics nature can help hospital patients wake up, but the brighter light may also increase energy use. Nursing staff chose to turn some lights off in the evening, reducing energy use. These findings can help lighting fixture and control manufacturers.

  • Less Uncertainty, More Stability

    Less Uncertainty, More Stability

    PNNL research and technology are helping grid operators and planners worldwide to use best practices when integrating renewable sources into the grid. The research is featured in the new book, Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty, and Flexibility in Power Grids.

  • Radha Motkuri

    Material Chemistry Researcher Joins Editorial Board

    Research scientist Radha Motkuri was invited to serve a three-year appointment on the editorial board of Inorganica Chimica Acta. Motkuri will help oversee manuscripts in four areas of research: metal-organic frameworks, zeolites, sorption and catalysis. He also will help maintain and improve the scientific journal's quality and standards by monitoring the editorial policy and the quality of papers published.

  • PNNL research leaders elected to board of state science organization

    PNNL Research Leaders Elected to Board of State Science Organization

    The Washington State Academy of Sciences elected Sue Clark and Jud Virden its board of directors. The academy consists of members from diverse academic disciplines and industries, including aerospace, agriculture, computer, science, energy, engineering, ecology and transportation.

Core Research Areas

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

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas