June 9, 2020
PNNL Waives Fee to Test-Drive Portfolio of Intellectual Property
Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, June 9, 2020 RICHLAND, Wash. – As businesses of all sizes weather today’s tough economy, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is offering its entire portfolio of patented technologies on a research trial basis—at no cost—to spur economic development and ultimately create new jobs. Dozens of technologies could be deployed across […]

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August 1, 2018
As Temperatures Rise, Earth’s Soil is ‘Breathing’ More Heavily
Source: Tom Rickey, PNNL, (509) 375-3732, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory News Release, August 1, 2018. RICHLAND, WA — The vast reservoir of carbon stored beneath our feet is entering Earth’s atmosphere at an increasing rate, most likely as a result of warming temperatures, suggest observations collected from a variety of the Earth’s many ecosystems. Blame microbes and how they […]

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August 20, 2014
Water leads to chemical that gunks up biofuels production
By Mary Beckman, published by PNNL Study shows water trips up key chemical reactions that turn plants into fuels, provides scientific principles that can speed up biofuel development. RICHLAND, Wash. – Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that […]

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August 19, 2014
Bacterial nanowires are really wires, not hairs
By Mary Beckman, published by PNNL RICHLAND, Wash. – Some bacteria shoot out tendrils that conduct electricity. Now, researchers have determined the structure of one variety of bacterial nanowire, and found the wires are distinct from common bacterial hairs that they closely resemble. The results will help scientists understand how bacteria build up or break down […]

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August 1, 2014
"Wetting" a Battery’s Appetite for Renewable Energy Storage
By Frances White, Originally published by PNNL RICHLAND, Wash. – Sun, wind and other renewable energy sources could make up a larger portion of the electricity America consumes if better batteries could be built to store the intermittent energy for cloudy, windless days. Now a new material could allow more utilities to store large amounts of renewable […]

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July 21, 2014
A Noble Gas Cage
By Mary Beckman, PNNL RICHLAND, Wash. – When nuclear fuel gets recycled, the process releases radioactive krypton and xenon gases. Naturally occurring uranium in rock contaminates basements with the related gas radon. A new porous material called CC3 effectively traps these gases, and research appearing July 20 in Nature Materials shows how: by breathing enough to […]

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July 11, 2014
State Grants of $14.3 Million Position Washington as Energy Storage Leader
                      Avista Utilities, Snohomish PUD and Puget Sound Energy have been awarded $14.3 million in matching grants from the state’s new Clean Energy Fund to lead energy storage projects with ties to federally funded research at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Gov. Jay Inslee […]

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July 8, 2014
Silicon sponge improves lithium-ion battery performance
By Frances White, PNNL RICHLAND, Wash. – The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops and electric vehicles could store more energy and run longer on a single charge with the help of a sponge-like silicon material. Researchers developed the porous material to replace the graphite traditionally used in one of the battery’s electrodes, as silicon has […]

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June 19, 2014
DOE to renew Energy Frontier Research Center at PNNL
By Mary Beckman, PNNL RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory welcomed one of the 32 multi-million dollar Energy Frontier Research Centers announced by DOE this week. The centers are charged with pursuing the scientific underpinnings of various aspects of energy production, storage and use. As a renewal of an EFRC established in 2009, […]

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May 23, 2014
Electricity use slashed with efficiency controls for heating, cooling
Frances White, Original article on PNNL RICHLAND, Wash. – Commercial buildings could cut their heating and cooling electricity use by an average of 57 percent with advanced energy-efficiency controls, according to a year-long trial of the controls at malls, grocery stores and other buildings across the country. The study demonstrated higher energy savings than what was predicted […]

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