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DOE Builds New Energy Research Lab

Linda Hardesty

PNNL Energy ManageConstruction on a new 22,000-sq-foot energy research facility at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory campus will start this April. The facility will be a mix of laboratory, computational, control room and office space. At least 45 staff members are expected to work in the facility.

The $10 million complex will house a broad variety of energy research and PNNL’s campus sustainability program. PNNL’s Building Operations Control Center will also relocate to the new facility. Research conducted there will address national challenges in the power grid’s reliability and resiliency, the integration of renewable energy onto the power grid and reducing energy use in buildings.

The DOE is funding the project and awarded DGR Grant Construction of Richland the contract to design and build the facility. Construction is expected to finish in late spring 2015.

DOE runs a number of other labs, including the National Wind Technology Center, the National Solar Thermal Test Facility and the Advanced Biofuels Processing Demonstration Unit.



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