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2018

Thom Elected President of Washington State Academy of Sciences
A member of the 280-member organization since 2010, he will serve a two-year term
December 2018
Heat Pump Water Heaters Gain Status as Proven Energy-Efficiency Measure
PNNL Lab Homes' research lends support in acceptance of heat pump water heaters in utility incentive programs
December 2018
ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition Will Award $4 Million to Winning Software Developers
Competition will accelerate grid optimization tools for industry use
November 2018
Oh Buoy! PNNL Researchers Dive into Data Delivered from New Jersey Coast
Wind behavior and variable data will help industry identify most productive offshore wind locations
October 2018
Turbines in Terrain: Wind Forecasting Study Completed in Columbia Gorge
PNNL one of four national labs that helped generate one of the most comprehensive data sets collected in complex terrain
October 2018
Liu Honored for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Science and Technology
Recognized for impact in nanoscience, materials research, and energy storage
October 2018
Developing Buildings of the Future, Wang Wins Lab Director Award
PNNL engineer conceptualized, led teams to develop energy-efficiency tools for homes and buildings
October 2018
Getting More Out of Control All the Time
"Control Day at PNNL" brings attention to capabilities for improving the operation of the power grid, buildings, transportation systems and more
October 2018
Illuminating the Link between Light and Health
Robert Davis wins IES Presidential Award for planning research symposium
October 2018
Stopping Fires before They Start: How a Salty Solution is Giving Lithium Metal Batteries a Safety Check
Researchers gain traction in bringing high-performing batteries to their full potential
September 2018
Finding Energy Opportunities in the Blue Economy
First-of-its kind assessment outlines a dozen promising markets for marine energy
September 2018
Sustainable Jet Fuel: The Flight Path from Fundamental Science to Applied Technology
Collaborative research leads to aircraft fuel from low-cost waste gases
August 2018
Shedding Light on Increasingly Bright Night Skies
PNNL paper examines claims that LEDs are the culprit in brighter nocturnal skies
July 2018
Start Your Engines - With Next-Generation Fuels from Co-Optima
New fuel mixtures could save billions of dollars in fuel costs annually
July 2018
"Hot" New Cathode Finding Could Boost Battery Performance
Research opens up new possible designs for advanced battery cathodes needed for electric cars
June 2018
Liu Receives DOE Distinguished Achievement Award
Recognized for world-class leadership of the Battery500 Consortium
June 2018
How Wastewater Treatment Plants Could Be Pumping Out Fuel Instead of Sludge
Research captured on cover of Water Environment Research
June 2018
Metal Research Paper Honored by American Iron and Steel Institute
Nine-member research team includes scientist who performed his research at PNNL
June 2018
Report Cards for Today's Connected Lighting Systems
Real-life testing reveals installation and configuration challenges
May 2018
Stereo Vision Improves "Fly-By" Data for Offshore Wind Power
New capability enables 3D flight tracking of birds and bats in real time
May 2018
From Breakfast to Biocrude: Study Identifies Production Potential across Nation
Researchers look at wastewater sludge; animal manure; food waste; and fats, oil and grease as biofuel sources
May 2018
Army Marching Forward on Energy Savings
Lighting upgrades saving $18,000 annually
May 2018
Smart Grid Thought Leadership
Robert Pratt named PNNL Inventor of the Year
May 2018
First-of-Its-Kind Report Benchmarks Costs for U.S. Small Wind Projects
Report summarizes cost information for 70 residential and commercial wind projects
May 2018
Pooling Our Knowledge and Protecting Wildlife with Adaptive Management
Recent white paper explores benefits of applying process to wind energy
May 2018
DOE-Funded Wind Profilers Feed National Weather Forecasts
System officially transferred to NOAA after operating successfully for two years
May 2018
Robert Davis Provides Leadership to Illuminating Engineering Society
18-month effort culminates in international research symposium on light and human health
May 2018
Yong Wang Recognized by the American Chemical Society
Award recognizes innovative contributions to applied chemistry or chemical engineering
April 2018
Color Research Illuminates Lighting Preferences
Lighting quality affects how the colors of objects appear
April 2018
Scientist Named to Editorial Board of Journal of Coastal Research
Hydrodynamic modeling expert will organize special issues, conduct manuscript peer review
April 2018
Portland LEAPs Ahead on Energy Efficiency
Data comparison method could help prioritize commercial building upgrades
April 2018
Revised Energy Standard Determined to Foster Greater Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
PNNL building energy code experts contribute to development and analytical support of Standard 90.1-2016
March 2018
PNNL's Osman Ahmed Helms International Technology Management Organization
Early exposure to American ingenuity helps fuel a career focused on innovation
March 2018
Geothermal Energy Heats up with Dual Joint Appointments
PNNL and Oregon State University researchers will explore the potential of volcanic heat for energy
February 2018
In the Lab 5,000 Feet Underground
PNNL leads numerical modeling working group to investigate fracturing and fracture flow in nominally impermeable rock
February 2018
Illuminating Interoperability of Connected Lighting Systems
Connected lighting systems show promise, but interoperability challenges must be addressed
February 2018
Ethanol to Butadiene in a Single Step
Researchers at PNNL develop a new catalyst capable of converting ethanol to butadiene, opening the door to a renewable source of polymers and plastics
January 2018
Simulations Show How Atoms Behave Inside Self-Healing Cement
A first-of-its-kind simulation model reveals self-healing cement performs better than originally thought
January 2018
PNNL to Provide Capabilities, Expertise for Four LightMAT Projects
Lab will partner with industry, other national laboratories to advance lightweight materials technologies
January 2018
StimuFrac™: "Green" Fracking Fluid Can Be Used Virtually Anywhere
Non-toxic chemical reaction is anticipated to save water, money, and time for geothermal and oil and gas applications
January 2018

2017

Jud Virden "Building" Interest with Congressional Committee
Senators hear from PNNL about opportunities and challenges to make buildings more energy-efficient
December 2017
Grear named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy List
Research focuses on safer marine materials that won't harm mammals
December 2017
Flexible Lighting Evaluated in Mental Health Facility
Adjustable lighting and staff control make a difference, but challenges remain
November 2017
Lighting Goes to the Head of the Class
LED classroom lights achieve more than 58 percent energy savings vs. fluorescents
November 2017
PNNL Develops EyeSea, a Machine-Learning Tool to Automate Video Analysis of MHK Sites
New tool aids in determining the environmental impact of tidal, wave, and small hydropower
November 2017
Music to Power Producers' Ears: HARP Provides a New Spin on Old Technology
Harmonic Adsorption Recuperative Power System turns heat into seriously efficient power
November 2017
Material Chemistry Researcher Joins Editorial Board
Radha Motkuri will serve on the editorial board of Inorganica Chimica Acta
November 2017
Wind and Wildlife Interactions: A World-Wide Solution Cannot Be "One Size Fits All"
Research shows what's happening at individual wind energy sites
October 2017
PNNL Leads Team to Accelerate Development of Affordable Carbon Fiber Composites
PNNL, team of experts from industry and academia developed predictive engineering tools for designing new, economical, and lightweight automotive composites
October 2017
VOLTTRON™ User Community Expands Overseas
Researchers at PNNL collaborate with South Korea-based institute to pursue energy-efficient neighborhood
September 2017
Balancing Act: PNNL Study Featured in Bulk Power Systems Book
Consolidation of balancing authorities could result in economic and regulatory efficiencies
September 2017
Research Artwork Graces Cover of Chemistry - A European Journal
Image emphasizes research relevance to energy and chemicals industry applications
September 2017
PNNL Represented on Newly Formed Illuminating Engineering Society Committees
Tuenge and Kinzey to share expertise, develop energy-saving lighting recommendations
September 2017
Kalsi Selected for Caltech Appointment
Staff member will partner on control theory for large-scale complex systems and proposal development.
August 2017
VOLTTRON™ Team Recognized by PNNL Director
Director notes excellence of VOLTTRON™ platform with 2017 Award for Exceptional Team Achievement in Science & Technology
August 2017
Study Indicates Engineered Pore Environment Enhances Attachment of Refrigerants
Research findings may support development of more efficient cooling systems
July 2017
Brightest Brains in Geoscience Scheduled to Talk Shop at Newberry Volcano
Scientists around the world tackle technical challenges at Newberry Geothermal Test Facility
July 2017
Researchers Set Out to Fill Scientific Gaps of Understanding Regarding Reservoir Emissions
New paper studies two Eastern Washington hydropower reservoirs
July 2017
Power Over Ethernet — Power Over Lighting
Converging capabilities and requirements may deliver energy savings for connected lighting systems
July 2017
Sky Glow: A Case of the Blues
Research reveals why spectrum alone is not enough to evaluate sky glow
July 2017
Interior Lighting Campaign Reaches New Heights, Saves $24 Million
New batch of Interior Lighting Campaign awardees upgrade almost 600,000 troffers
July 2017
Building Controls Measures Can Reap Substantial Energy Rewards
Study concludes application of proper building controls, low-cost sensors and other methods will improve building operations and substantially reduce energy use
July 2017
Wireless Metering Challenge
Commercial buildings benefit from DOE challenge for market solution to reduce energy use, improve operations
June 2017
ThermalTracker: The Secret Lives of Bats and Birds Revealed
Open-source software can help accelerate widespread deployment of offshore wind
May 2017
Bing Liu Selected to Chair Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Study draws professionals from around the globe to discuss energy use and climate impacts
May 2017
Zero is the Hero: Energy Efficient Homes Construct Better Lives
Nearly forty case studies show that DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes can produce as much or more energy as they consume, and save money in the long run
May 2017
Engineer Honored for Work in STEM Education
Elizabeth Stephens' volunteer work garners awards and recognition
May 2017
Regional Project Reveals the Potential of Transactive Control
PNNL experiments test new methods for managing the nation's buildings and energy system
April 2017
Upgraded Troffer Performance Specification Means More Savings, More Flexibility
Approximately $5 billion could be saved annually using the new high-efficiency performance specification
April 2017
Long-Term Lighting Leaves Light Bulb Jokes Behind
New GATEWAY report evaluates long-term performance of LED lighting, finds value beyond energy savings
March 2017
More Troffers to Offer
CALiPER Snapshot report evaluates performance of troffer lighting
March 2017
Researcher Appointed to Editorial Board of Scientific Reports
Satish Nune will focus on Chemical Physics manuscripts
March 2017
Grid Smart: Special Issue Features PNNL Transactive Energy Expertise
IEEE's Electrification Magazine focuses on understanding and effectively deploying transactive systems
February 2017
The Buoy is Back: What Data Can Tell Us About Offshore Wind
Scientists analyze data from one of PNNL's offshore buoys
February 2017
ASME Special Issue on Buildings of the Future
Vision seeks to inform future research and strategic planning for built environment
February 2017
Two Brains are Better Than One: How the Geothermal Community Upped the Game for Computer Codes
Modeling an underground world of uncertainty requires collaboration
February 2017
Tune-Ups: Servicing Buildings from the Roof, Down
Timeline highlights successful development of building Re-tuning™ methodology
February 2017
Hawaii Says Aloha to Building Energy Savings
Adoption of the 2015 International Energy Code could reduce residential energy costs by 21 percent
January 2017
Research Artwork Featured on Advanced Materials Interfaces
Art illustrates Metal Organic Framework Technique for Coating Surfaces
January 2017

2016

How the Wind Blows
Researchers leverage a popular weather model to better forecast the wind and its clean energy potential
December 2016
Sturgeon, Lamprey, and Eel: Special Tags for Special Fish
Long-living lamprey, adult eels, and sturgeon have a promising new ally
December 2016
The Ultimate Wind Energy Research Assistant: WREN Hub
Research from around the globe exploring wind energy impacts on wildlife
November 2016
An Award-Winning Subsurface Software
E4D-RT takes subsurface imaging software where no commercial software has gone before
November 2016
Superior Lighting for Sacramento's Senior Citizens
Tunable white LED systems find health benefits, energy savings of 68 percent
November 2016
Built to Code: Savings Imminent Post-Code Adoption and Implementation
New report analyzes impacts of model building energy code development and implementation, indicates reduced carbon dioxide emissions
October 2016
More Than a Parking Lot: 16 Organizations Win LEEP Awards
Campaign participants shine bright, saving $14.4 million annually
October 2016
The Pursuit of Liquid Hydrogen
A PNNL twist on magnetocaloric refrigeration uses high-field magnets to reach very cold temperatures that could lead to low-cost liquid hydrogen
October 2016
Cracking Under Pressure is No Problem for High Strength Self-Healing Cement
With the addition of polymers, PNNL- developed "super cement" that can self-heal
September 2016
PNNL-Led Campus Project Expands to Multiple Buildings
Experiment deployment and results, and partner progress on energy storage and solar activities, mark strong first phase
September 2016
Outdoor Lighting Decision Tree Tool Improves Energy Efficiency
New interactive tool serves as decision-helper
September 2016
Rosenberg Named ASHRAE Fellow
Acknowledged for buildings systems and energy research
September 2016
Air Conditioning That's Out of This World
New materials enhance the cooling effects from outer space to reduce energy use in small- to medium-sized buildings
September 2016
Distributed Wind Market Report Finds Local Wind is Powering More U.S. Companies
Localized wind turbines provide a renewable alternative for U.S. companies' utility needs
September 2016
Interior Lighting Campaign Winners Named for Exemplary Energy Performance
13 organizations lead the way for huge energy savings in lighting
September 2016
PNNL and Industry Team Wins Award for Hybrid Power Generation System
Harmonic Adsorption Recuperative Power System makes power generation less costly and more efficient
September 2016
ACEEE Served for Building Efficiency
Summer Study draws visionaries focused on reducing climate impact of buildings
September 2016
Self-Powered Fish Tags Make for Long-Lasting Research
Long-lasting transmitter uses fish swimming motion for power
September 2016
Two PNNL Scientists Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences
WSAS elects Suresh Baskaran and Jun Liu for scientific leadership
August 2016
Chemist Wins Award for Advancements in Future Fuels
Tim Bays recognized with diverse team of researchers
July 2016
"Dry" Method Whets Appetite for MOF Synthesis
Solvent recycling in metal organic framework is key to efficiency
July 2016
Sealing the Deal: Two-Layered Seal Extends Shelf Life of Micro-Battery
Better-encapsulated battery used to power tiny tags that track fish movement
July 2016
Dam Operators Keep their Cool with Cold Spray Repairs
A better way to repair hydropower dam turbines
July 2016
Magnetic Attraction Extracts Valuable Rare Earth Elements
A new way to extract rare earth elements at geothermal power plants
June 2016
Transactive Times: Three PNNL Researchers Featured in Special Issue
IEEE's Power & Energy Magazine focuses on transactive energy
June 2016
Researcher Recognized for 10 Years of Efforts in Lightweight Materials Program
Eric Nyberg receives Special Recognition Award from DOE Vehicle Technologies Office
June 2016
PNNL Unlocks Secret to the World's Strongest Titanium Alloy
Preheating process can increase its strength by 10-15 percent; holds great promise for vehicle manufacturing
June 2016
Scale-up of Aviation Biofuels from Alcohols Reaching New Heights
PNNL and industry partners achieve biofuel milestone, producing 5 gallons of synthetic paraffinic kerosene from CO derived alcohols
June 2016
Architecture-Friendly Organic Light-Emitting Diodes Studied in Demonstration
First DOE tests on emerging technology take place at Aurora Lighting Design, Inc.
May 2016
Marine Energy Paper Chosen from Among Sea of Candidates
Post-doc Samuel Harding plays key role in award-winning paper
May 2016
If the Grid Becomes a Value Exchange, How Do We Assign Value to it?
New report details pros and cons of applying valuation methods to Transactive Systems
May 2016
New Method Shows Promise for Turning Energy Peaks into Valleys
Researchers are testing an innovative control approach to improve efficiency in buildings
May 2016
Developing a Community for Connected Buildings
Buildings Interoperability Landscape report addresses barriers and establishes baseline goals for advancing building connectivity
April 2016
PNNL Scientist Awarded for Improving Building Energy Efficiency Codes
Pam Cole wins 2016 Energy Efficiency Code Champion award
April 2016
International Collaboration Studies Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Devices
Annex IV State of Science Report increases market acceleration and safe deployment of marine renewable energy devices
April 2016
Not Your Grandma's Storm Windows
PNNL research supports Environmental Protection Agency framework document toward ENERGY STAR label for low-e storm windows
March 2016
Lithium Hoarding Behind Failure of Promising New Battery
New study shows how the choice of electrolyte can cause high-capacity batteries to quickly fade
March 2016
Researchers Increase Accuracy of Measurements for Marine Energy Potential
Converging acoustic Doppler profilers increase resolution of tidal velocity data
March 2016
Removing the Phosphorus Roadblock for Renewable Fuel
PNNL researchers discover method to recycle phosphorus used to grow algae for biofuel
February 2016
Higher Standards: New Rules Enable Energy Conservation
PNNL key player in meeting goals to support the President's Climate Action Plan
February 2016
LightMAT: Accelerating the Development and Deployment of Lightweight Materials
PNNL leads a new cross-lab consortium to provide lightweight materials R&D to U.S. businesses
February 2016
Perfect Score: New Tool Makes Energy Efficiency Easy
PNNL's Building Energy Asset Score offers standardized efficiency evaluation
February 2016
PNNL Showcases Technology at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit
Exhibits include PNNL projects and research for a clean energy future
February 2016
Engineer Mark Bassett Ranked Among Energy Elite
Association of Energy Engineers names Bassett as Certified Energy Manager
January 2016
Mathaudhu's Magnesium Research Published in Nature
Group's research shows promise in making magnesium alloys stronger, more flexible
January 2016
Top One Percent: PNNL's Highly Cited Authors
Researchers Jason Zhang and Jun Liu were recognized in the Thomson Reuters analysis
January 2016
Beg, Borrow, and Share—A Unique Solution to Balance the Power Grid
PNNL project team wins Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy funding
January 2016

2015

Balancing the Benefits of Emerging LED Technology
Color changing LED technology has potential to be adopted for architectural lighting
December 2015
Physical Chemist Carlos Fernandez's Team Wins IChemE Global Award
Non-toxic fluid reduces water use in traditional fracking methods and increases potential for geothermal power
December 2015
Buoy Makes a Splash off New Jersey Coast
PNNL deploys the second of two buoys for wind energy research
December 2015
Building Efficiency for Neighbors to the North
British Columbia utility partners with PNNL to identify solutions for reducing energy use
December 2015
Three New Technologies for Cleaner Energy
PNNL leads one ARPA-E project, collaborates on two others
December 2015
Energy-Efficiency Technology Gets Better With Time
PNNL's updated FEDS software makes it easier than ever to improve building efficiency
November 2015
From Airports to Universities, GATEWAY Demonstrations Shine Bright
New lighting at Philadelphia International Airport and Princeton University promote sustainability and LED effectiveness
November 2015
Connected Campuses to Test Transactive Energy
PNNL partners with Washington State's two biggest universities to advance smart grid efforts
November 2015
A Class of Their Own: Efficiency Standard Updated for Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners
PNNL research team lends hand in publishing updated regulatory standard, will save 0.15 quads of energy
October 2015
Low-e Storm Windows: Proven for Reduced Energy Costs
Energy saving low-e storm windows cost one-quarter of traditional window replacement
October 2015
Cooling off the Energy Impact of Rooftop Units
Smart Monitoring and Diagnostic System field demonstration finds energy saving potential
October 2015
Turning the Lights Back on in Detroit
Motor City, America gets back on its feet with help from PNNL during street light infrastructure restoration
October 2015
Better Bases: Improved Water Efficiency for U.S. Army Reserve
PNNL's in-depth water efficiency assessments for the Army Reserve include innovative approaches for water conservation using alternative water
October 2015
Zhiqun (Daniel) Deng Recognized for Exceptional Engineering
Individual contributions in aquatic acoustic technologies acknowledged with PNNL's Exceptional Engineering Achievement Award
September 2015
Aluminum Illuminated for Vehicle Manufacturers
Award-winning friction stir welding process creates lighter car parts at faster rates
September 2015
New Commercial Lighting in Store to Slash Energy Bills
Commercial building owners achieve up to 75% lighting energy savings
September 2015
The Gloves are... on: PNNL Tests Fish Immobilization Gloves
Smith-Root gloves use electricity to temporarily immobilize fish and avoid sedation
September 2015
Everything Home Buyers Need to Know About Green Homes
Newly launched web tool showcases energy-efficient homes
September 2015
Turn Baby, Turn: Small Wind Exports Generate more than Power
Distributed Wind Market Report highlights the U.S. wind energy boom
September 2015
PNNL Research Featured in Special Issue Exploring Lithium Sulfur Battery Technology
Enables "apples to apples" comparisons of the various Li-S batteries for specific research and market applications
September 2015
Systems Engineering Building Advances Power Grid Research
Newly dedicated facility brings suite of capabilities to the Pacific Northwest
September 2015
LED Lighting Takes Center Stage at University of Maryland
Retrofit reduces maintenance costs and adds visual appeal to university performing arts center
September 2015
Building a Vision of the Future
Buildings of the Future project concludes with final workshop in Washington, D.C.
July 2015
Small Businesses Find Helping Hand with New Technology Assistance Program
DOE utilizes its national laboratories to provide research and development assistance to small businesses
July 2015
Yeast Raises the Biomass Bar
Researcher explores the optimal conditions for growing yeast as a renewable energy source
July 2015
Yuri Hovanski Awarded with DOE Honors
Advancements in friction stir welding acknowledged by DOE with prestigious Individual Distinguished Achievement Award
June 2015
Fairest Lights of All Outshine Competition
Next Generation Luminaries Design Competition awards 17 manufacturers at 2015 LIGHTFAIR
May 2015

2014

Buoy Splashes Down in Virginia for Offshore Wind Project
Wind power-producing potential precisely evaluated at sea sites
December 2014
Enabling Development of a U.S. Offshore Wind Industry
Wind power put to the test at two offshore bouys
October 2014
PNNL Report on Distributed Wind Energy Shows Capacity Increasing
New report outlines trends, market drivers, and performance of the 2013 U.S. distributed wind market
August 2014

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