The Applied Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL) is a business startup center designed for innovators in engineering, manufacturing, and technology. Owned and managed by Energy Northwest, APEL is located just a few blocks south of the PNNL campus in Richland, near Washington State University Tri-Cities.
PNNL’s leased space in APEL provides engineering- and manufacturing-scale high bays; chemical, biological, and electronic laboratories; and equipment for developing, validating, and commercializing new products. Specific research spaces include the wasteform development labs for glass and grout used for legacy waste cleanup solutions; friction stir welding; materials characterization labs; the lighting metrology lab; Solid Phase Processing; and the emissions lab. APEL is also home to PNNL’s radiological materials technical group.
Many other businesses and institutions are tenants in APEL, which also offers wet, bio, and electronic laboratories; process and hood-off gas connections; compressed air, vacuum, water, security, and power. Prototypes or pilot plants can be tested and initial manufacturing conducted using APEL's utilities, services, and permits for air and water discharge, waste storage, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 research and development.