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OCTOBER 9, 2023
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Water Heaters Put in a Plug for Decarbonization

PNNL is at the midpoint of a study focused on the installation of electric heat pump water heaters in New Orleans homes. The efficient water heaters offer a unique capability that could help speed the transition from fossil fuels.
AUGUST 24, 2023
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Latest Trends in Distributed Wind

The Distributed Wind Market Report provides market statistics and analysis, along with insights into market trends and characteristics of wind technologies used as distributed energy resources.
AUGUST 4, 2023
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Home Hacks Backed by Research

The PNNL-managed Building America Solution Center translates research into actionable considerations for homeowners and builders to provide two solutions in one: increasing energy efficiency while also enhancing disaster resistance.
APRIL 28, 2023
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Building-Grid Ideas Ascend to Summit

The Northwest Connected Communities Summit brought together representatives of five Department of Energy-funded Connected Communities Projects to share ideas and discuss potential collaboration opportunities.
JANUARY 16, 2023
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PNNL Pens Market Success Report

Staff at PNNL recently completed a report highlighting commercial products enabled through projects funded by the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office.
OCTOBER 25, 2022
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Single, Double, or Triple: Efficiency Comes Home

The Department of Energy has issued updated energy conservation standards for manufactured homes. The effort to establish the standards, supported by PNNL, is expected to result in a range of benefits for the manufactured housing sector.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2022
Staff Accomplishment

Advancing Model Predictive Control for Buildings

PNNL’s Ján Drgoňa and Draguna Vrabie are part of an international team that authored a most-cited paper on Model Predictive Control, an approach for improving operations, energy efficiency, and comfort in buildings.
MARCH 1, 2022
Staff Accomplishment

BOPTEST Paper Earns Journal Award

Four research staff from PNNL are part of an international team that earned top honors for a journal paper focused on a new algorithm-evaluation approach for buildings.
JANUARY 24, 2022
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X Marks the Spot; So Does UBID

PNNL researchers develop software that uses geographical data to build a free, open-source grid reference system to provide a precise system to locate structures.
JANUARY 20, 2022
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The Value of Wind Energy

Two PNNL studies that describe the potential value of offshore wind off the Oregon Coast and distributed wind in Alaska were published in the journal Energies.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
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Heat Pump Water Heaters Bare Their Shapes

Researchers at PNNL examined heat pump water heater (HPWH) operation in Pacific Northwest residences, gaining insights into HPWH electricity use patterns. Part of the study captured trends during a COVID-19 stay-at-home order.
MAY 21, 2021
Staff Accomplishment

Goel Earns CSE Honor

PNNL’s Supriya Goel has been named by Consulting-Specifying Engineer as one of 2021’s 40 outstanding nonresidential building industry professionals age 40 or younger.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2020
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VOLTTRON™ Goes to School

The PNNL-developed VOLTTRON™ software platform’s advancement has benefited from a community-driven approach. The technology has been used in buildings nationwide, including most recently on a university campus.
APRIL 6, 2020
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Blue Light? Orange Light?

PNNL study evaluated "tunable" lighting and its effects on sleep at study in a California nursing home. Tunable refers to the ability to adjust LED light output and the warmth or coolness of the light color.
DECEMBER 20, 2019
Staff Accomplishment

Two PNNL Researchers Named IEEE Fellows

Sonja Glavaski and Kevin Schneider, both electrical engineers at PNNL, have been named as IEEE fellows. IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
DECEMBER 17, 2019
Staff Accomplishment

Efficiency Org Touts Tune-Ups

PNNL’s Srinivas Katipamula and Nora Wang have received a Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance award for contributing to the success of Seattle’s Building Tune-Up Accelerator Program.
DECEMBER 11, 2019
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PNNL to Lead New Grid Modernization Projects

PNNL will lead three new grid modernization projects funded by the Department of Energy. The projects focus on scalability and usability, networked microgrids, and machine learning for a more resilient, flexible and secure power grid.