Research for secure, sustainable energy.
November 2017
R&D 100 Awards
PNNL won seven R&D 100 Awards! Three are described below. Check out the others and learn more about PNNL's R&D impact in our press release.
Using this tool, vehicle manufacturers can now incorporate new and different materials into a variety of strong, lightweight parts without sacrificing strength or durability.
PNNL has incorporated a proprietary nanomaterial into a new cooling system, which uses wasted heat to drive the cooling process instead of electricity.

This suite of computer software models possible environmental risks from potential storage sites, such as fluid leakage and earthquakes.

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U.S. transmission company National Grid and PNNL will collaborate on grid research... read more.
DOE awards five projects to make electric distribution systems more resilient... read more.
PNNL will lead six cybersecurity projects to help protect the nation's energy infrastructure... read more
Integrating renewable energy in power systems is the topic of a chapter in a new book... read more.

A winning paper by PNNL and industry partners describes a tool suite for validating power plant models... read more.

PNNL power grid research lead discusses grid resilience and cyber technologies... read more.

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A South Korea institute is creating an energy management zone using PNNL's open-source software... read more.
Karan Kalsi, a Visiting Associate at Caltech, collaborates on control theory for large-scale systems... read more.

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Let There Be (Connected) Light
At a new Portland, Oregon facility, researchers test advanced lighting systems... read more.
What happened when teachers controlled tunable LED lighting in three Texas classrooms... read more.
PNNL's Tuenge and Kinzey began serving on the Illuminating Engineering Society standards committee... read more.
How Low Can You Go?
New ways of measuring very low or trace levels of radiation were featured in a special issue of the Journal of Applied Radiation and Isotopes. PNNL hosted a Seattle conference for 100 radiation experts and served as guest editors for the event's published proceedings. The ability to measure  trace radiation levels is crucial for the security of the nation's water, food, nuclear tests, and energy... read more.
PNNL is developing two different technologies that could one day enable vehicles to run on biofuel made from seaweed grown in the ocean... read more.
New predictive software for designing next-generation automotive composites was developed by a PNNL-led team... read more.
Converting algae into biocrude leaves wastewater behind. A new PNNL-WSU treatment process may help... read more.
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A PNNL-developed technology called HARP, Harmonic Adsorption Recuperative Power System, turns low-grade heat into inexpensive power. It can be implemented at low-temperature geothermal and solar farms, and at oil and gas sites. This technology makes today's organic rankine cycle systems obsolete. It's 40 percent more efficient and generates power at just $0.05 per kilowatt hour... read more.
How do you deal with the uncertainties in integrating renewables into the grid? A new book chapter explains... read more.
A new machine-learning software flags video footage when fish swim by turbines, making analysis faster... read more.
A new, international white paper touts adaptive management for wind energy sites... read more.
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