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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.


  • 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.

  • Radiological Microscopy Suite Enables Innovative Nuclear Science

    Climate Events Create Compound Challenges for Electricity Planning

    As part of an international effort to better understand how future water availability could influence energy supplies, researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory focused on regional hydropower. Their case study used a model called GENESYS to simulate the performance of the Pacific Northwest power system under modest climate scenarios for the year 2035.

  •  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.

  • SOCRATES Extracts Wisdom from Groundwater Data

    SOCRATES Extracts Wisdom from Groundwater Data

    To help Hanford site managers make informed cleanup decisions, PNNL developed a set of online software tools that perform multiple types of analyses on environmental data collected from over 2,000 groundwater monitoring wells. This suite of tools, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Deep Vadose Zone Program, is called SOCRATES (Suite Of Comprehensive Rapid Analysis Tools for Environmental Sites).

  • Radiological Microscopy Suite Enables Innovative Nuclear Science

    Radiological Microscopy Suite Enables Innovative Nuclear Science

    A suite addition brings a new flavor of nuclear research capabilities to PNNL's Radiochemical Processing Laboratory.

  • New Collaborative Emerges to Help Advance Energy Storage

    New Collaborative Emerges to Help Advance Energy Storage

    The Energy Storage Safety Collaborative seeks to forge stronger collaboration among all stakeholders associated with energy storage technology, from development and deployment to incident response and more.

  • Ron Thom

    Thom Elected President of Washington State Academy of Sciences

    Ron Thom, staff scientist emeritus at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington, has been elected president of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

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