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For America’s next generation of clean energy innovators, getting started can be the hardest part. That’s why the Department of Energy is testing a new model for clean energy research and development (R&D) through a program called Cyclotron Road.

As a science agency, the Energy Department plays an important role in the innovation economy. The Department catalyzes the transformative growth of basic applied scientific research, the discovery and development of new clean energy technologies and prioritizes scientific innovation as a cornerstone of US economic prosperity.

Through initiatives like the Loan Guarantee Program and the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, the Department funds cutting-edge research and the deployment of innovative clean energy technologies. The Department also encourages collaboration and cooperation between industry, academia and government to create a vibrant scientific ecosystem.

In addition, the Energy Department's 17 National Labs are a system of intellectual assets unique among world scientific institutions and serve as regional engines of economic growth for states and communities across the country.


From Lab to Market: Examples of Clean Energy R&D

Research and development is the backbone of clean energy innovation. Check out these specific stories of how R&D drove innovation at our National Labs and advanced the clean energy economy.

VIDEO: Getting Started on the Road to Clean Energy

A new program called Cyclotron Road connects clean energy entrepreneurs with the unique resources of our National Labs.

Revolution Now

An update on the state of clean energy technologies in the U.S. and the Department of Energy’s role in advancing research and development for innovative energy technologies.