Pacific Northwest National Laborator

Carbon Storage
7:05 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Field Test Near Pasco Renews Attention On Viability Of Carbon Storage

Carbon dioxide is being injected half a mile underground via this well head next to the Boise Inc. pulp and paper mill in Wallula, Wash.
Credit Tom Banse

This week, technicians in southeast Washington continue a field test to show how carbon dioxide could be injected and trapped deep underground. It's an experiment led by the Pacific Northwest National Lab. Injection of fifty tanker truck loads of CO2 will take about four weeks. Then comes about a year and a half of monitoring to see if the global warming gas stays locked away forever beneath ancient lava flows.

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Trapping CO2
4:12 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Carbon Dioxide Injected Under Columbia Basalts In Climate-Related Demonstration

PNNL scientist Pete McGrail describes CO2 injection underway behind him on the grounds of the Boise Inc. paper mill in Wallula, Wash.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A long delayed experiment to demonstrate how a global warming gas can be locked up forever deep underground has finally started. Technicians working with the Pacific Northwest National Lab are injecting carbon dioxide down a well south of Pasco, Wash.

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Air Conditioning
5:45 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

How Offices Could Be More Comfortable With Less AC

Michael Brambley (left) and Guopeng Liu in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Building Controls Lab. New research at the lab has found a way to keep you more comfortable and keep office costs down.
Credit Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

If you’ve ever shivered through a meeting in a conference room when it’s warm outside, you may have wondered: “Why don’t they just turn off the air-conditioning?” New research has found a way to keep you more comfortable and keep office costs down.

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Climate Care
7:26 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Obama Highlights Carbon Storage, Northwest Researchers Hope For More Funding

One of the less-talked-about points in President Barack Obama’s climate change plan is capturing and storing carbon before it’s released from power plants. Research is taking place in the Northwest to keep carbon out of the atmosphere by injecting it permanently underground.For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Electric Vehicle Charger
4:33 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

An Electric Vehicle Charger To Help Balance The Grid

Northwest researchers have developed a smart charger to help balance the grid and save the user money.
Credit Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Charging your electric vehicle could help balance the grid and save you money. Northwest researchers have developed a smart charger to do just that.

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Tracing Chemical Agents
6:31 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Northwest Scientists Discovering New Ways To Trace Chemical Weapons

Carlos Fraga, center, is a Ph.D. chemist for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Along with chemist Brian Dockendorff, left, and chemical engineer Gabriel Perez Acosta. He is trying to find ways to trace chemical agents back to their sources.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

President Barack Obama has been publicly warning Syria’s leaders not to use chemical weapons against their own people. The news is unexpectedly relevant in southeast Washington. Researchers at at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing new scientific techniques to trace chemical agents back to their sources.

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