December 7, 2015
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PNNL receives Department of Energy grants to research clean energy solutions

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland has received three grants from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy to pursue clean energy research.

The grants are part of $125 million in awards going to innovative technologies that show promise, but are too early in development for private-sector investment.

PNNL received $3.1 million to use supercomputers to handle the complex job of integrating wind, solar and other intermittent renewable energy into the electrical grid. The new technology, called HIPPO, for High-Performance Power-Grid Operation, could save ratepayers billions of dollars – and enable greener, more sustainable operations of the electrical grid.

PNNL is collaborating with Marine BioEnergy on a project to generate biofuel for cars and generators from large swaths of seaweed grown in the open ocean. Robotic submarines would traverse the ocean, towing large grids with kelp. This project will receive $2.1 million, with PNNL receiving just under $500,000.

The last project funded is for a prototype of a new “flow cell” to use hydrogen to power fuel cells for cars, buildings or to store energy until needed on the power grid. The project received $2.5 million, split between PNNL and collaborator Proton OnSite.

The Tri-City Herald has more on the grants.

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