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Connection, collaboration, and discovery as PNNL opens Energy Sciences Center

Wed, 11/10/2021 - 10:30 -- Paul Crompton

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is set to open a new US facility on its Richland campus to accelerate scientific discovery in chemistry, materials science, and computing.

The $90 million Energy Sciences Center will bring together collaborative research among PNNL scientists, industry, and partners at the University of Washington, Washington State University, and other major institutions in the US and abroad.

Core funding came from the U.S. Department of Energy ($90 million) and the State of Washington’s Clean Energy Fund ($8 million, which paid for the purchase of specialised scientific instrumentation), Battelle Memorial Institute and PNNL.

The 140,000-square-foot facility will feature a combination of research laboratories, flexible-use open spaces, conference rooms, and offices for some 200 PNNL researchers, visiting scientists and engineers, and support staff.

The facility will bring together existing and new scientific instrumentation, and around 250 researchers from various disciplines.

IMAGE: PNNL’s Energy Sciences Center (Photo by Andrea Starr | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

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