New energy research lab coming to PNNL

Construction on a new energy research facility at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will start this April.

The project, valued at approximately $10 million, will build a facility that will house a broad variety of energy research and PNNL's campus sustainability program.  Research conducted there will address national challenges in the power grid's reliability and resillency, the integration of renewable energy onto the power grid, reducing energy use in buildings and much more.

At least 45 staff members are expected to work in the facility. It will be located on the north end of PNNL's Richland campus, near the corner of Stevens Drive and Horn Rapids Road.

The Department of Energy is funding the project with construction expected to finish in late spring 2015.