Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Located in Richland, Washington, PNNL is one among ten U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories managed by DOE's Office of Science. Our research strengthens the U.S. foundation for innovation, and we help find solutions for not only DOE, but for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration, other government agencies, universities and industry. Unlike others, our multidisciplinary scientific teams are brought together to address their problems.
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2020
8 Jun 2020

A Viable Sodium Battery

Researchers have created a sodium-ion battery that holds as much energy and works as well as some commercial lithium-ion battery chemistries, making for a potentially viable battery technology out of abundant and cheap materials.
22 Jan 2020

Finalists Announced for 2019 R&D 100 Awards

Finalists for the venerable R&D 100 Awards have been announced by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC.
2019
28 Oct 2019

Scientists Pinpoint Cause of Dendrites, Whiskers in Lithium Batteries

Scientists have uncovered a root cause of the growth of needle-like structures--known as dendrites and whiskers--that plague lithium batteries, sometimes causing a short circuit, failure, or even a fire.
5 Mar 2019

MGX enters next phase of high energy lithium-ion battery development

MGX and UBC are working together to develop next-generation Li-ion batteries capable of quadrupling energy density from current 100 Wh/kg up to 400 Wh/kg for use in long-range electric vehicles and grid storage.
28 Jan 2019

Nanoscale drug delivery method developed

Researchers have developed a novel way to deliver drugs and therapies into cells at the nanoscale without causing toxic effects that have stymied other such efforts. The work could someday lead to more effective therapies and diagnostics for cancer and other illnesses.
2018
3 Apr 2018

Research hints at double the driving range for electric vehicles

When it comes to the special sauce of batteries, researchers have discovered it's all about the salt concentration. By getting the right amount of salt, right where they want it, they've demonstrated a small lithium-metal battery can re-charge about seven times more than batteries with conventional electrolytes.
21 Feb 2018

New water-splitting method could open path to hydrogen economy

Researchers have found a way to more efficiently generate hydrogen from water — an important key to making clean energy more viable.
14 Feb 2018

Sodium battery could provide cheap, effective lithium alternative

Sodium-ion batteries might soon provide a less expensive, viable alternative to lithium-ion batteries. The new technology also would help solve material sustainability issues by alleviating the mining of lithium - a diminishing resource.
2017
23 Aug 2017

ShAPEing the future of magnesium car parts

Magnesium — the lightest of all structural metals — has a lot going for it in the quest to make ever lighter cars and trucks that go farther on a tank of fuel or battery charge.
24 Mar 2017

Coming together, falling apart, and starting over, battery style

Whether inside your laptop computer or storing energy outside wind farms, we need high-capacity, long-lasting, and safe batteries.
17 Jan 2017

New thin films can self-repair following damage

Separating one chemical from another may sound incredibly dull, but it's vital to making everything from plastic dishes to cleaning drinking water.
2016
8 Nov 2016

Unienergy Technologies

Unienergy Technologies is a rising star in the redox flow space, with MWh-scale projects around the globe and a clear ownership of the whole supply chain.
31 Oct 2016

eChemion

28 Oct 2016

ITN Energy Systems Inc

6 Oct 2016

Self-charging tag tracks fish as long as they swim

With each swish of a tail, scientists now have a tool that could study the movements of fish throughout their entire lives.
4 Oct 2016

New steel for better electric motors

Within a few years, the U.S. Department of Energy wants plug-in electric vehicles to be just as affordable and convenient as the internal-combustion machines most of us drive today.
29 Apr 2016

Unexpected discovery leads to a better battery

An unexpected discovery has led to a rechargeable battery that's as inexpensive as conventional car batteries, but has a much higher energy density.
16 Mar 2016

LG Display, Jabil, NASA: Cornerstones at IDTechEx Wearable Europe

Europe's largest event on Wearable Technology, with over 225 speakers and 170 exhibitors, taking place in Berlin on April 27-28 will feature opening presentations highlighting the latest progress with wearable technology.
16 Mar 2016

LG Display, Jabil, NASA: Cornerstones at Printed Electronics Europe

Europe's largest event on Printed Electronics, with over 225 speakers and 170 exhibitors, taking place in Berlin on April 27-28 will feature opening presentations highlighting the latest progress with printed and flexible electronics.
2015
7 Sep 2015

New 3D nano-material enhances battery storage

The scientists' goal is to produce new materials for a host of uses, ranging from high-efficiency batteries, ultracapacitors, fuel cells and hydrogen storage devices to lightweight thermal coatings for hypersonic jets, multifunctional materials for aerospace, and more.