Aquatic Research Laboratory

Specialized facilities are essential to the advancement of PNNL’s sponsored research programs and LDRD-funded projects.

Unique facilities at PNNL, including dedicated laboratories for power grid operations, marine sciences, data analytics, and atmospheric sciences, equip researchers to take on some of the most challenging questions, and expand the frontiers of scientific understanding and technological possibility.

In addition to more than two dozen state-of-the-art facilities supporting the laboratory’s missions in scientific discovery, energy resiliency, and national security, PNNL is the steward of two U.S. Department of Energy national scientific user facilities, ARM and EMSL, serving more than 2,000 researchers worldwide each year.

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Integrated Building Assets

PNNL's unique integrated building assets include the Systems Engineering Building, Thermal Energy Storage System, Power Electronics Laboratory, two large batteries, and electric vehicle chargers.

Lighting Metrology Laboratory

The nationally accredited Lighting Metrology Laboratory enables evaluation of advanced lighting systems. The facility provides accurate testing of non-standard lighting products for comparison and application evaluation.

Lumen Maintenance Test Facility

The Lumen Maintenance Test Facility was established to test next-generation lighting products. The facility has two automated light bulb test apparatuses that are able to test over 200 light bulbs each.

Marine Test Sites

PNNL has federal authorizations and permits for research activities at two locations in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. These sites offer a range of research conditions.

Power Electronics Laboratory

The Power Electronics Laboratory offers capabilities for testing and developing control concepts and technologies. The work here contributes to solutions for transactive energy, residential load flexibility, and more.

Radiochemical Processing Laboratory

Radiological R&D—including advanced reactors, legacy waste clean-up, nuclear nonproliferation, forensics, medical isotopes, actinide processing, and radiochemistry—is done in this Hazard Category II non-reactor nuclear research facility.

Rapid Prototyping Lab

The Rapid Prototyping Lab at PNNL is a makerspace, where a skilled team of engineers and technologists work in the lab, directly with clients, to design and produce relatively inexpensive prototype components for research projects.