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Energy and Environment Directorate

Research Capabilities

Technology Assessment and Economic Analysis

PNNL conducts studies of technologies to better understand their life-cycle costs, environmental impacts and market viability. Analyses may include assessments of individual technologies, comparative analyses of alternatives, or simulations of an entire energy market. Examples include:

  • Evaluating the economics of alternative hydrogen production and infrastructure in support of the Hydrogen Analysis (H2A) effort conducted by the DOE's Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Infrastructure Technologies Program
  • Analyzing comparative life-cycle costs of electric vehicles (versus conventional vehicles) and biomass fuels (versus reformulated gasoline).

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas