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Project Work at the PNNL Portland Office

Projects developed and maintained by the Portland staff are varied and diverse. Here are just a few examples of the work we do.

Building America

Photo of construction workers inside a building

Building America encourages the use of innovative techniques and technologies to create energy efficient homes and reduce construction time and waste. Building America considers the interaction between architects, community planners, contractors, and engineers to develop methods by which these diverse groups can come together and work as a team. This allows energy-saving strategies to be incorporated into a building from the earliest stages of development. Recent projects include the development of portable classrooms and the first HUD-code approved SIPS (Structurally Insulated Panel) home. Other work includes a series of Best Practices guides based on climate zones.

Project Manager: Michael Baechler
Client: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Commercial Building Energy Alliances

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is facilitating the creation of three new Commercial Building Energy Alliances that are designed to minimize the energy consumption and environmental impact of commercial buildings. The three sectors include retail, commercial real estate, and institutions (schools, hospitals, and government). Alliance members seek to reduce energy consumption by significant levels in the their new and existing buildings. PNNL manages this program for DOE.

Project Manager: Linda Sandahl
Client: DOE

Emerging Technologies

LED Lamp

The Emerging Technologies team develops projects designed to speed commercial introduction of new energy efficient technologies and products. Staff work closely with large volume buyers and manufacturers, identifying potential improvements, conducting performance tests, soliciting competitive proposals, and promoting efficient products through information dissemination and technology demonstrations. Current and past projects include sub-compact fluorescent light bulbs, recessed residential downlights, commercial unitary air conditioners, washing machines, apartment-size refrigerators, reflector-type compact fluorescent lamps, heat pump water heaters, and solid state lighting.

Project Manager: Marc Ledbetter
Clients: DOE, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Light Right Consortium, and others.

Hydrologic Uncertainty in Nuclear Reactor Evaluations

Current guidance emphasizes a deterministic and conservative approach to hydrologic modeling in the review of applications for new nuclear commercial power reactors. Using typical site characterization data, examples were developed to illustrate how hydrologic uncertainty can be evaluated and used to inform regulatory decisions. Even relatively simple approaches to uncertainty evaluation can improve estimates of risk, while demonstrating an understanding of the site hydrology, and providing evidence of due diligence in the review of facility safety and environmental impact.

Project Manager: Phil Meyer
Client: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

Renewable Energy Analysis and Implementation

Renewable Energy Analysis and Implementation

The U.S. Department of Defense is required to implement cost-effective renewable energy projects to meet federal and agency goals. This is achieved through analysis of available resources to the various installations, applicable technologies, project economics, regulatory issues, and mission impacts. These and other factors are used to identify feasible projects, which then enter the implementation process. Project implementation requires working closely with stakeholders to make sure that project details are fully defined, regulations are met, and quality project partners are utilized.

Project Manager: Linda Sandahl
Principal Investigators: Mike Warwick and Amy Solana
Client: U.S. Department of Defense

Turbine Survival Program

Photo of artificial sensor fish

The Turbine Survival Program uses both live and artificial 'sensor' fish to determine travel routes and injury rates of fish when passing through turbines on the Columbia River. The test data may be used to help modify turbines so that more fish, particularly endangered species, are given the chance to successfully maneuver through these massive, often deadly, machines.

Project Manager: Tom Carlson
Clients: DOE and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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620 SW 5th Ave, Suite 810
Portland, OR 97204
PH: (503) 417-2174
FX: (503) 417-2175


We're conveniently located in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon within walking distance of shops, restaurants, hotels, and more.

Office Hours:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm M-F