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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.


  • 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.

  • Heat Pump Water Heaters Gain Status as Proven Energy-Efficiency Measure

    Heat Pump Water Heaters Gain Status as Proven Energy-Efficiency Measure

    Earlier this year, the Pacific Northwest Regional Technical Forum accepted heat pump water heaters as a fully reliable, proven energy-efficiency measure. This determination was made, in part, due to research conducted at PNNL's Lab Homes, where a research team answered questions about heat pump water heaters and whole home energy efficiency.

  • ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition Will Award $4 Million to Winning Software Developers

    ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition Will Award $4 Million to Winning Software Developers

    PNNL played a leading role in developing the first-ever Grid Optimization Competition for DOE. Competing teams worldwide are developing transformational ways to advance America's power grid of the future.

  •  At RPL, a drum of irradiated samples is rotated into a horizontal configuration for subsequent sample transfer to a hot cell

    Fast and Hot, Samples Go From PNNL to CERN

    Post-irradiation materials received at PNNL's Radiochemical Processing Laboratory undergo tensile and micro-hardness tests, quantitative chemical analyses, atom probe tomography, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy with electron backscatter diffraction imaging.

  • Oh Buoy! PNNL Researchers Dive into Data Delivered from New Jersey Coast

    Oh Buoy! PNNL Researchers Dive into Data Delivered from New Jersey Coast

    Before offshore turbines can be deployed to harness wind energy, researchers must answer important questions—such as how much wind energy a turbine can capture at certain offshore sites. To help answer this question, DOE's Wind Energy Technologies Office commissioned PNNL to deploy two research buoys off the New Jersey and Virginia coasts.

  • Turbines in Terrain: Wind Forecasting Study Completed in Columbia Gorge

    Turbines in Terrain: Wind Forecasting Study Completed in Columbia Gorge

    To improve wind forecast accuracy, DOE's Wind Energy Technologies Office funded the second Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP2). This combined modeling and field study was designed to improve forecasts in areas of complex terrain, where wind circulation and flow make predictability especially challenging. In March 2017, the WFIP2 team completed the field phase in the Columbia Basin.

  • Jun Liu

    Liu Honored for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Science and Technology

    Jun Liu, materials scientist, energy storage expert, and Battelle Fellow, was recognized with the PNNL Laboratory Director's Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Science and Technology

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