Three representatives from the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) traveled to Washington State to visit Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) on October 19 and 20, receiving updates on PNNL’s EERE-related research.
Jeff Marootian, principal deputy assistant secretary, Carolyn Snyder, deputy assistant secretary for buildings and industry, and Satchel Tsai, special assistant, spent a day on the Richland campus. Marootian and Tsai then traveled on October 20 to PNNL’s Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory (MCRL) at Sequim.
In Richland, much of the visit focused on EERE-funded efforts in areas including power grid modernization, energy efficiency in buildings, and grid edge and renewable energy integration. The EERE representatives toured and met with researchers at the Systems Engineering Building, learning more about PNNL’s efforts in codes and appliance standards and grid edge, as well as viewing the campus testbed for buildings control research and other capabilities. The visitors also traveled to and received briefings at the Grid Storage Launchpad, the Environmental Testing Chamber, the Lab Homes, and the Applied Process Engineering Laboratory.
Separately, Marootian and Tsai visited the Life Sciences Laboratory, learning about progress on renewable hydropower, and the Advanced Battery Facility for updates on next-generation battery technologies. Snyder concurrently conducted a town hall for staff on the topic of buildings and industry programs.
On the second day of the visit, Marootian and Tsai arrived in Sequim to get a firsthand look at MCRL and learn about research activities in areas including environmental technologies and offshore renewable energy, marine carbon dioxide removal, and the ocean as a source of food, fuels, and energy materials.
“This was a terrific opportunity for PNNL to demonstrate that our work on behalf of EERE is really making progress in addressing national needs in energy efficiency and renewable energy,” said Dennis Stiles, who leads the EERE sector in PNNL’s Energy and Environment Directorate. “Over the course of the visit, our DOE partners expressed strong support for PNNL's work and offered to assist us in key areas.”
Published: October 30, 2023