Floating offshore wind farms could potentially triple the Pacific Northwest's wind power capacity while offsetting billions of dollars in costs for utilities, ratepayers, insurance companies, and others.
PNNL researchers are helping to better define the need for grid energy storage in future clean energy scenarios, as well as working to improve technologies for storing renewable energy so it's available when and where it's needed.
Research shows that coupling geothermal power plants with lithium extraction from geothermal brine would make geothermal energy more economically viable, providing renewable energy and valuable raw materials.
Plastic upcycling efficiently converts plastics to valuable commodity chemicals while using less of the precious metal ruthenium. The method could recycle waste plastic pollution into useful products, helping keep it out of landfills.