The challenges the American energy infrastructure face today are much different than those of a decade ago. More than ever, it is important to have a resilient system that can withstand extreme weather events, physical failure, and cyberattacks. At the same time, we are asking our energy system to do a lot of things that it hasn’t done before, such as incorporating renewables and engaging a customer that behaves much different today.
At PNNL, scientists and engineers are dedicated to improving the resiliency of the U.S. energy system. A particular focus is the electric grid. From advanced grid modeling to expanded energy storage and renewable integration, our researchers are taking steps to achieve a more secure, robust, and vibrant grid infrastructure. We not only perform innovative R&D to advance energy production and secure transmission but also to find more efficient ways to use energy resources in transportation, buildings, and industry, and in advancing renewable energy technologies.
In an increasingly complex landscape, we envision and create—in collaboration with dozens of partners—technologies that make the U.S. energy system more efficient, reliable, and resilient.