Battelle plays a management role at eight national laboratories that deliver scientific discovery, inspire innovation and solve what matters most.
Battelle oversees more than 27,000 employees at eight national laboratories. These U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security labs deliver unmatched capabilities that drive scientific discovery and inspire innovation across the nation.
From basic to applied research in everything from energy to health care, our large research infrastructure management at these laboratories shows our commitment to ensuring U.S. capabilities are the best in the world.
National Lab Management History
In 1965, Battelle was selected by the federal government to manage the Pacific Northwest Laboratory. Now known as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), PNNL is one of 17 Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories. It has been operated by Battelle for more than 50 years and is responsible for performing interdisciplinary research for other DOE offices as well as government agencies, universities and industry to deliver breakthrough science and technology to meet today’s key national needs.
U.S. & foreign Patents
At PNNL since 1965
Working together, the Department of Energy and Battelle have made some remarkable scientific breakthroughs and have strengthened our nation’s energy and national security. Battelle’s commitment to our many sponsors and passion for excellence is unmatched.Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Brookhaven Science Associates, a partnership of Battelle and Stony Brook University, was selected by the Department of Energy in 1997 to manage operations at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. Today, Brookhaven advances fundamental research in nuclear and particle physics, energy, materials science and the Earth’s ecosystems.
We’re honored to be a member of Battelle’s national laboratory team. Battelle is a crucial partner in achieving our mission: Delivering expertise and capabilities to drive scientific breakthroughs and innovation for today and tomorrow.Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory
*One of NREL’s many discoveries includes cellulosic ethanol, an ethanol produced from non-food plant sources, which can potentially replace 30% of our nation’s petroleum consumption.
In 1998, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that a partnership between Battelle, Midwest Research Institute and Bechtel was selected to manage operations at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Today, NREL concentrates on researching energy efficiency, sustainable transportation and renewable power. The lab’s National Wind Technology Center is the nation’s premier wind energy, water power and power grid integration research facility.
An unwavering commitment to scientific excellence is the bedrock of Battelle’s 90 years of success. Together Battelle and NREL share a vision for transforming science and technology discovery into state-of-the-art applications that change our world for the better.Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory October 2019
*In June 2019, ORNL’s Summit supercomputer became the most powerful high-performance computing system in the world, delivering a record 148.6 petaflops on the High-Performance Linpack test.
Established in 1999 as a partnership between the University of Tennessee and Battelle Memorial Institute, UT-Battelle, LLC, has been responsible for delivering the Department of Energy’s research mission during a period of historic change at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Shaped by the unique cultures of both the University and Battelle, the changes have literally transformed the face of the Laboratory from an outdated institution characterized by shabby facilities and giant parking lots into one of the world’s most modern and successful research campuses.
—Excerpt from Breaking the Mold
We are the nation’s foremost science and energy laboratory thanks in large part to Battelle’s creativity, vision, and culture of operational excellence in fulfilling the national missions entrusted to us here in Oak Ridge. Today, our transformed campus is home to the world's leading center for supercomputing and global leadership in neutron science, advanced materials, isotope production, and nuclear energy.Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Managing the nation’s leading center for
Research and development
In 2005, Idaho and Argonne-West research activities were combined to create Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Battelle, in collaboration with several partners, was selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to manage day-to-day operations of the new lab. Today, Idaho National is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development. The laboratory performs work in each of the DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and environment.
Battelle’s guidance, oversight, and example have been vital to INL’s evolution and growth. All of us at the Laboratory are proud to be part of the Battelle family, and are determined to carry out our shared mission of making the world safer, healthier, and more secure.Idaho Laboratory Director
For the Department Of Homeland Security
In 2006, Battelle was selected by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to manage the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC). This was the first national laboratory created by the DHS. The mission of NBACC is to understand current and future biological threats, assess vulnerabilities, determine potential consequences and provide a national capability for conducting forensic analysis on biocrimes and bioterrorism.
Every day the people of the Battelle National Biodefense Institute confront the reality of biological crime and research to understand the ever-present risks from biological threats. Our work in bioforensics and in threat characterization at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center has made us an indispensable partner for federal law enforcement and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s trusted expert on biological defense.Lab Director, National Biodefense Analysis
Applying Science and Technology to make the World a safer place
In 2007, Battelle joined the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) management as an integrated subcontractor. LLNL aims to enhance the nation’s defense and reduce the global threat of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. It recently opened the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory to create new materials and technologies alongside academia and private sector.
Managing and Operating One of the largest
Centers in the World
On June 8, 2018, The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) awarded the management and operating contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to Triad National Security, LCC. Triad consists of Battelle, the University of California and Texas A&M University. The NNSA notified Triad on July 5, 2018 that it could proceed with the launch of the official transition process—an important milestone for the initiative.
Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the largest science and technology institutes in the world. It conducts multidisciplinary research in fields such as national security, space exploration, renewable medicine, nanotechnology and supercomputing.
Battelle has a bold history of making discoveries, bringing technology to market, and safely managing some of the nation’s most innovative laboratories. It’s a legacy that Los Alamos National Laboratory is honored to be a part of. We look forward to many years of joint effort to make our country safer, healthier, and more prosperous.Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory