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Innovation and Industry Impact Focus of EERE Assistant Secretary Visit to PNNL

March 2015
Innovation and Industry Impact Focus of EERE Assistant Secretary Visit to PNNL
EERE Assistant Secretary David Danielson during the all-hands presentation in the Battelle Auditorium.
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One of the nation's highest ranking energy leaders recognized Pacific Northwest National Laboratory teams for innovation and challenged Energy and Environment Directorate researchers to keep coming up with ideas that solve future challenges.

David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Reliable Energy (EERE), visited PNNL in Richland on March 6.

"PNNL is exhibiting true excellence in clean energy R&D," Danielson told PNNL leaders. "I'm looking forward to spreading the word about your many impressive successes with industry." 

This was Danielson's first visit to the Lab in his Assistant Secretary role. EERE is PNNL's third-largest sponsor and is the Energy and Environment Directorate's top source of research funding.

Throughout the day, PNNL teams highlighted capabilities, expertise, and innovative ideas in key areas for EERE, including sustainable hydropower, catalysis and conversions for transportation, biomass, nanomaterials, and the integration of the power grid with renewable energy and buildings.

Danielson's all-hands presentation inspired standing room only in the Battelle Auditorium, with more than 300 staff attending. He spoke about EERE's National Lab Impact Initiative and how the DOE National Labs like PNNL are science and engineering powerhouses that are doing amazing work to solve national clean energy challenges with real market impact.

The Assistant Secretary called out several PNNL teams for their contributions to the EERE mission:

  • High Speed Friction Stir-Welding Process in New Production Line, led by Yuri Hovanski.
  • Low-Temperature Catalysis for Vehicles, led by Chuck Peden.
  • Renewable Biocrude in Genifuel Pilot Plant, led by Dan Anderson and Andy Schmidt.
  • Propylene Glycol from Renewable Sources in Full Scale Production, led by John Frye and Alan Zacher.
  • The Appliance Standards team for its technical contributions that helped DOE meet the White House's Climate Action Plan goals for 2014.

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