## Featured News

NOVEMBER 4, 2021
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### Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Being Studied for the Port of Seattle

A research team is exploring the safety and feasibility of clean hydrogen to replace some fossil fuel in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and maritime uses at the Port of Seattle.
OCTOBER 26, 2021
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### Speedier Manufacturing for Stronger Aluminum Alloys

Developed at PNNL, Shear Assisted Processing and Extrusion, or ShAPE™, uses significantly less energy and can deliver components like wire, tubes and bars 10 times faster than conventional extrusion, with no sacrifice in quality.
OCTOBER 21, 2021
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### PNNL Wins R&D 100 Awards

PNNL has received 119 R&D 100 Awards since 1969, when the laboratory began submitting entries in the contest that recognizes top 100 inventions each year.
OCTOBER 11, 2021
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### Green Manufacturing Award Goes to PNNL Technology

An energy-efficient method to extrude metal components wins Association of Washington Business Green Manufacturing Award. PNNL’s Shear Assisted Processing and Extrusion™ technology consumes less energy and enhances material properties.
OCTOBER 6, 2021
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### Cold Spray to Help Keep Turbines Spinning

PNNL’s suite of Solid Phase Processing tools like Cold Spray is helping to strengthen hydroelectric dam materials such as turbines.
OCTOBER 5, 2021
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### Silicon Anodes Muscle in on Battery Technology

One effort toward better batteries for electric vehicles is hitting overdrive, thanks to new findings about the desirable silicon anode.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
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### Avoiding an Energy Cold Crunch with More Efficient Cooling

Covalent organic polymers can adsorb three times more refrigerant than the best available alternatives, resulting in more efficient cooling.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2021
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### Hydrogen Compatibility Study Characterizes Performance of Rubber Additives

When it comes to hydrogen compatibility, all rubbers are not created equal. New research hints at pathways to improve the durability of rubber-based materials in hydrogen infrastructure.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2021
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### Riveting Technology Enables Lightweight Magnesium Fasteners for Fuel Efficiency

Rotational Hammer Riveting, developed by PNNL, joins dissimilar materials quickly without preheating rivets. The friction-based riveting enables use of lightweight magnesium rivets and also works on aluminum and speeds manufacturing.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2021
News Release

### Making Methane from CO2: Carbon Capture Grows More Affordable

PNNL researchers can make methane from captured CO2 and renewably sourced hydrogen, offering a path toward cheaper synthetic natural gas.
AUGUST 19, 2021
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### Faster and Cheaper Ethanol-to-Jet-Fuel on the Horizon

A patented process for converting alcohol sourced from renewable or industrial waste gasses into jet or diesel fuel is being scaled up at PNNL.
AUGUST 18, 2021
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### To Reduce Vehicle Pollution, a Single Atom Can Do the Work of Several

A discovery from PNNL and Washington State University could help reduce the amount of expensive material needed to treat vehicle exhaust by making the most of every precious atom.
AUGUST 4, 2021
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A new report led by PNNL identifies the top 13 most promising waste- and biomass-derived diesel blendstocks for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, other pollutants, and overall system costs.
JULY 26, 2021
Director's Column

### Richland Researchers Innovating to Keep You Cool

Researchers developed two solutions for air-conditioning—a novel, energy-efficient dehumidification system and a technology to detect refrigerant leaks. Both help increase energy-efficiency and reduce costs.
JUNE 30, 2021
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PNNL’s new Hydrogen Energy Storage Evaluation Tool allows users to examine multiple energy delivery pathways and grid applications to maximize benefits.
JUNE 28, 2021
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### Longer-Lived Lithium-Metal Battery Marks Step Forward for Electric Vehicles

Researchers have increased the lifetime of a promising electric vehicle battery to a record level.
JUNE 23, 2021
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### New, Tiny Battery Powers Big Insight into Fish Passage for Hydropower

PNNL scientists developed a new, tiny battery and tag to track younger, smaller species, to evaluate behavior and estimate survival during downstream migration.
JUNE 15, 2021
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### Efficient Dehumidifier Makes Air Conditioning a Breeze

PNNL’s energy-efficient dehumidifier may reduce energy consumption by up to 50% in residential A/C systems and increase the range of electric vehicles by up to 75%. The system has been licensed to Montana Technologies.
JUNE 4, 2021
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### Batteries, Catalysts, Climate, Clean Energy: Secretary Granholm Treated to ‘Whirlwind’ PNNL Visit

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm virtually visits PNNL, one of several national lab visits she is conducting.
MAY 26, 2021
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### On-Site Hydrogen Production Technology Accelerates to Market

PNNL licensed two technologies to generate hydrogen. One, a reactor design, generates hydrogen from natural gas. The second innovation uses a 3D printing method to economically manufacture the generator.
MAY 20, 2021
News Release

### Compound Commonly Found in Candles Lights the Way to Grid-Scale Energy Storage

A compound used in candles offers promise for a modern energy challenge—storing massive amounts of energy to be fed into the electric grid as the need arises.
MAY 18, 2021
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### PNNL Invention Reduces Risk of Battery Explosions

A simple sensor system developed at PNNL can prevent dangerous battery fires.
MAY 11, 2021
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### Clingy Copper Ions Contribute to Catalyst Slowdown

A collaboration among PNNL, Washington State University, and Tsinghua University has led to the discovery of a mechanism behind the decline in performance of an advanced copper-based catalyst.
APRIL 13, 2021
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MARCH 10, 2021
News Release

### Design, Construction to Begin on \$75 Million Grid Energy Storage Research Facility

New facility that will accelerate energy storage innovation and make the nation’s power grid more resilient, secure and flexible has been given the green light to proceed by the U.S. Department of Energy.
FEBRUARY 22, 2021
Director's Column

### PNNL Researchers Are Turning Kitchen Waste Into Biofuels

Can food waste help fuel the future? Researchers are working toward clean, cost-effective alternatives to today’s fossil fuels.
FEBRUARY 17, 2021
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### Electrolyte 'Boost' Improves Performance of Aqueous Dual-ion Batteries

PNNL formulated a new type of dual-ion cell chemistry that uses a zinc anode and a natural graphite cathode in an aqueous—or “water-in-bisalt”—electrolyte.
JANUARY 28, 2021
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### Shining a Light Source on Batteries

A research effort under the PNNL-led Battery500 Consortium solved a longtime debate surrounding a structure in lithium-metal battery anodes.
JANUARY 8, 2021
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### Battery Up: PNNL Runs the Bases with Industry, Academia to Boost Batteries

Through two U.S. Department of Energy funding calls awarded in 2020, PNNL is partnering with industry and academia to advance battery materials and processes.
DECEMBER 14, 2020
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### Stronger Cobalt for Fuel Cells

PNNL led a multi-institutional effort to design a highly active and more durable catalyst made from cobalt, which sets the foundation for fuel cells to power transportation, stationary and backup power, and more.
DECEMBER 10, 2020
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### Single-Crystal Technology Holds Promise for Next-Generation Lithium-Ion Batteries

Scientists have created a single-crystal, nickel-rich cathode that is hardier and more efficient than before—important progress on the road to better lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.
DECEMBER 1, 2020
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### 17 PNNL Researchers Named to Highly Cited List

Clarivate Analytics recently unveiled its 2020 list of Highly Cited Researchers. The list named 17 PNNL scientists for their influential and oft-referenced work.
NOVEMBER 20, 2020
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### The Motivation for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

A new report outlines future research paths that are needed for airlines to reduce carbon emissions and notes that the only way to achieve emission reduction goals is with Sustainable Aviation Fuels.

NOVEMBER 12, 2020
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### Shear Force—How Good Materials are Made Better

Materials scientists at PNNL are demonstrating materials with improved properties using solid phase processing.
NOVEMBER 9, 2020
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### Alloy-Forming Duo Unites to Amp Up Possibilities for Ethanol

PNNL scientists have developed a catalyst that converts ethanol into C5+ ketones that can serve as the building blocks for everything from solvents to jet fuel.
NOVEMBER 5, 2020
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### Okeechobee: From Blooms to Biocrude

PNNL researchers are contributing expertise and hydrothermal liquefaction technology to a project that intercepts harmful algal blooms from water, treats the water, and concentrates algae for transformation to biocrude.
OCTOBER 13, 2020
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### “Better” Copper Means Higher-Efficiency Electric Motors

Researchers at PNNL have increased the conductivity of copper wire by about five percent via a process called Shear Assisted Processing and Extrusion. General Motors tested the wire for application in vehicle motor components.
OCTOBER 2, 2020
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### PNNL Technologies Garner Six R&D 100 Honors

Five PNNL technologies were recently awarded six R&D 100 honors. The R&D 100 Awards, now in its 58th year, recognize pioneers in science and technology from industry, the federal government, and academia.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
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In a new review, PNNL researchers outline how to convert stranded biomass to sustainable fuel using electrochemical reduction reactions in mini-refineries powered by renewable energy.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2020
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### Suite of Instruments Tells the Story of a Sample

PNNL's Analytical Chemistry Lab supported at least 50 projects last year, housing 25 instruments that perform eight different types of analyses.
AUGUST 25, 2020
Staff Accomplishment

### Rappe Receives USCAR Research Partner Award

PNNL chemical engineer Kenneth Rappe was recognized by the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC with a 2019 Research Partner Award.
AUGUST 17, 2020
Staff Accomplishment

### Wang Honored by American Chemical Society

Yong Wang, associate director of PNNL’s Institute for Integrated Catalysis, has been recognized with 2021 American Chemical Society’s E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry.
JULY 10, 2020
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### Innovative Energy Technologies Move Closer to Commercial Use

Twelve energy-related technologies developed at PNNL have been selected for additional technology maturation funding to help move them from the laboratory and field tests to the marketplace.
JULY 8, 2020
Staff Accomplishment

### Herling Recognized by Vehicle Technologies Office

Darrell Herling and two national laboratory collaborators were recently recognized by DOE for their leadership in the Powertrain Materials Core Program.
JULY 9, 2020
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### Building a Better Battery—Faster

Researchers at PNNL have developed a software tool that helps universities, small business, and corporate developers to design better batteries with new materials that hold more energy.
JUNE 18, 2020
Staff Accomplishment

### Ramasamy “Fuels” American Institute of Chemical Engineers Division

PNNL’s Karthikeyan Ramasamy was elected to a three-year term as a director in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Fuels and Petrochemicals Division.
JUNE 17, 2020
Staff Accomplishment

### Returning to the Scene of the Science

Jonathan Male originally joined PNNL in 2006 as a scientist focused on catalysis. After more than seven years leading DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, he's back at PNNL as a chief scientist in the Energy Processes & Materials Division.
JUNE 10, 2020
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### The Quest for a Viable Sodium Battery

PNNL and WSU researchers have improved the performance and life cycle of sodium-ion battery technology to narrow the gap with some lithium-ion batteries.
MAY 21, 2020
News Release

### Onboard Separation Technology Set to Improve Fuel Economy

A technology developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could pave the way for increased fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of an octane on demand fuel-delivery.
APRIL 28, 2020
News Release

### A Leap in Using Silicon for Battery Anodes

Researchers at PNNL have come up with a novel way to use silicon as an energy storage ingredient, replacing the graphite in electrodes. Silicon can hold 10 times the electrical charge per gram, but it comes with problems of its own.
APRIL 21, 2020
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### A Tree-mendous Study: Biomass from Forest Restoration

PNNL and the U.S. Forest Service used a combination of data, models, analytical techniques and software to evaluate forest restoration impacts on the environment, while also assessing the economics of resulting biomass.
MARCH 11, 2020
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### Energy Storage Safety and Reliability Forum Convenes at PNNL

The Energy Storage System Safety and Reliability Forum at PNNL brought together more than 120 energy storage experts from the U.S. Department of Energy, the national laboratories, utilities, industry and academia.
MARCH 4, 2020
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### PNNL Researchers Make a “Beer Run” in the Name of Science

A chemical engineer by day at PNNL, Dan Howe is an ardent home brewer by night. The connection resulted in production of biocrude oil from brewery waste.
JANUARY 27, 2020
Director's Column

### PNNL Growing Algae for Biofuels for Cars, Planes

Algae is often seen as a yucky muck, but it may soon join crop waste and cooking oils as an important ingredient in the recipe for renewable biofuels.
NOVEMBER 13, 2019
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### Where Liquid Meets Air: Unearthing How Air Pollutants Form

Global climate change is often at the forefront of national and international discussions and controversies, yet many details of the specific contributing factors are poorly understood.
NOVEMBER 5, 2019
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### Magnesium Takes ShAPE™

Two forms of magnesium material were processed into tubing using PNNL’s Shear Assisted Processing and Extrusion™ technology. Both materials were found to have quite similar and improved properties—even though they began vastly different.
JUNE 18, 2019
News Release

### A New Manufacturing Process for Aluminum Alloys

PNNL has developed a technology to manufacture rods and tubes directly from high-performance aluminum alloy powder—in just one single step.
MARCH 19, 2019
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### In Great ShAPE™

A new technology that offers a novel way to manufacture extrusions with unprecedented improvements in material properties recently received a U.S. patent.
JANUARY 30, 2019
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### Boosting Biocrude: Gaining Twice the Fuel from Corn Waste

By combining two promising techniques, PNNL scientists have demonstrated a way to double the fuel that can be extracted from corn stover.
JULY 25, 2018
Staff Accomplishment

JUNE 22, 2018
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