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Nuclear-generated electricity produces benefits beyond keeping our homes warm, lights on, and cell phones charged. The federal government estimates use of carbon-free nuclear energy in America avoids some 650 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory understands nuclear power and its many environmental, energy, and economic benefits. We apply and leverage our expertise, built over several decades, to help facilitate the design of new reactors, safely extend the lives of existing reactors, and develop processes for recycling, safe storage, transportation and disposal of used nuclear fuel. A combination of S&T expertise, a unique Hanford history, and highly equipped facilities - such as the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory, a Category 2 Nuclear Facility - allow us to bring substantial resources to helping solve the nation's nuclear energy challenges.

By serving the Department of Energy, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the nuclear power industry, we ensure that our expertise and research assets are having tangible impact on U.S. energy security.

For more information, visit PNNL's Nuclear Energy website.

  • PNNL Workshop Gathers International Experts to Forecast the Future of Electron Microscopy

    PNNL Workshop Gathers International Experts to Forecast the Future of Electron Microscopy

    World-renowned experts representing five countries came to the PNNL-hosted NexTEM Workshop, Workshop in October 2018 to discuss the future of electron microscopy, including emerging needs and potential solutions.

  •  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.

  • PNNL Staff Are Among the 'Titans of Nuclear'

    PNNL Staff Are Among the 'Titans of Nuclear'

    International podcast aims to educate the tech-savvy on nuclear energy by interviewing experts on topics including reactors, regulation, rare earth elements, and risk analysis. Among the Titans of Nuclear interviewees are PNNL’s Steve Unwin, Tara O’Neil, Brady Hanson, Ron Omberg, and Chad Painter.

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