About SRNL

We Put Science to Work.

Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is an applied research and development laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Since starting operations in the 1950s during the Cold War, SRNL has built its reputation in three primary mission areas – environmental and legacy management, national security, and weapons production technology – earning the designation of a national laboratory in 2004. It is the only DOE Environmental Management sponsored lab. 

Our Mission

SRNL puts science to work to protect our environment, serve our national defense, secure our clean energy future and reduce emerging nuclear threats.

Our Vision

To be the nation’s premiere national laboratory in applied science and engineering, delivering solutions to environmental, energy and security challenges.

Multidisciplinary Teams

SRNL multidisciplinary teams boast a broad range of engineering and scientific backgrounds experienced in manufacturing solutions for a wide range of national challenges. 



1951 – 1992

Savannah River Laboratory

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Cold War Production

Served as the Savannah River Site (SRS) research and development lab with a primary focus on startup and operation of site processes and facilities. 

1992 – 2004

Savannah River Technology Center

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Environmental Restoration

An evolving emphasis on environmental remediation, tritium processing and nonproliferation with efforts to expand the customer base beyond SRS. 

2004 – Present

Savannah River National Laboratory

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SRNL became a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory in 2004, one of just 17 national labs in the DOE network. SRNL plays a critical role in maintaining a safe, secure and reliable nuclear deterrent and to reduce global nuclear threats. 

Our Strengths

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Research Areas

SRNL conducts research critical to the safety and security of our nation and the world. 

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SRNL is known for its world-class scientific and technical expertise in nuclear, chemical and materials manufacturing; and ability to translate innovations into industrial-scale operations.

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Science & Technology

SRNL scientists and engineers create technologies to improve environmental quality, support international nonproliferation, dispose of legacy waste and provide clean energy sources. 

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