On May 4, 2016, EERE hosted a National Lab Impact Summit to celebrate recent National Laboratory successes and bring together the nation’s public- and private-sector energy leaders to formulate the next stage of clean energy technology innovation.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located in Golden, Colorado, is the United States' primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. It is a government-owned facility and it is funded through the Department of Energy.Researchers from the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory conduct research on Mercury.
Researchers from the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory conduct research on Mercury.
The National Laboratory Impact Initiative worked with EERE Communications to highlight the renewed effort by DOE's national labs to work more closely with regional small businesses to commercialize new technologies. The effort is being supported department-wide and heralded by Lab Impact. The shift within DOE is beautifully illustrated in the new EnergyWire article by E&E reporter David Ferris.
The National Laboratory Impact Initiative supports the relationship between the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and the national laboratory enterprise. The national laboratories have played an integral role in DOE’s mission to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
THE NATIONAL LABORATORY IMPACT INITIATIVE
The mission of the Lab Impact Initiative is to significantly increase the industrial impact of DOE national labs on the U.S. clean energy sector. The team will accomplish this mission through increasing and enhancing lab-private sector relationships, increasing and streamlining access to national lab capabilities, and demonstrating the value of lab-developed science and technology. In addition, the following key drivers will enable a streamlined approach to exposing the work of the labs and making sure the work remains relevant to the mission of the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.
Learn more about the Lab Impact Initiative by going to the About page.
KEY DRIVERS THAT WILL LEAD TO INCREASED ENGAGEMENT
1. Relevance of Capabilities
2. Industry Awareness of Capabilities
3. Strong, Trusting Long-Term Relationships
4. Ease and Affordability of Access to Capabilities
5. Lab Culture, Policies Related to Commercial Impact
LAB IMPACT IS DEVELOPING OPPORTUNITIES TO TRY OUT NEW MODELS OF ENGAGEMENT...
Small Business Voucher (SBV)
Provide access for small businesses to lab capabilities and broaden lab awareness of small business needs and technologies.
EERE will support exchanges of “embedded” researchers from Labs to industry and vice-versa to build on and extend existing National Lab industry partnership efforts.
A national network to unleash national lab researchers to successfully transition their discoveries into high-impact technologies in the marketplace.
We invite you to visit the new webpage for the Office of Technology Transitions, a Department of Energy effort to advance R&D and deliver economic value together with our key national laboratories. For more information about the Office of Technology Transitions and to begin working with them very soon, please consider submitting a response to their Request for Information (RFI) for Technology Commercialization Funds due June 10th.