Our 2025 Vision
Innovations at PNNL have led to a renaissance of America’s electric power system. The U.S. grid is on the global leading edge, with technologies enabling the smooth integration of renewable energy sources, large-scale energy storage, analytics for real-time, agile power management, and secure data use.
The U.S. electric power system is the world’s largest machine, built with the technologies of the early 20th century. The United States faces a major challenge in modernizing the grid for the 21st century by incorporating advanced technologies to make it cleaner, more resilient, flexible, and more secure from cyberattack—even as it meets ever-growing demand.
Our catalysis and materials science research is developing new energy storage materials that are safe, reliable, and cost effective and that have a longer service life than current storage media. Better energy storage technologies will accelerate the incorporation of distributed and intermittent renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, making them more dependable resources for electricity production.
PNNL is working with university and industry partners to develop exascale computing approaches to modernize the grid to optimize its performance and security.
The application of new data analytics and computational approaches developed at PNNL is already enhancing power system operators’ ability to make immediate decisions to thwart cyberintruders attempting to access the U.S. power grid.
General Electric, Gridwise Alliance, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Washington State University