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April 5, 2013
Testing materials in the lab at Vorbeck Materials Corp. | Photo courtesy of Vorbeck Materials Corp.
From Lab to Market: DOE's America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Program

America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Program is unleashing the National Labs’ unlicensed patents for use by startups -- and helping build businesses and bring energy technologies from the lab to the marketplace.

March 27, 2013
The America’s Next Top Energy Innovator program, a part of the Startup America initiative, makes it easier for start-ups to use inventions and technology developed at Energy Department labs and facilities. | Photo courtesy of NREL, credit Jim Yost.
America's Next Top Innovator: Lab Tech for Startups

Read about America’s Next Top Energy Innovator -- a program making it easier for startups to use inventions and technology developed at DOE labs and facilities.

March 1, 2013
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, and Secretary Chu during a fireside chat at the 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit | Photo by <a href="http://energy.gov/contributors/sarah-gerrity">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Wrap Up: 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

The 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit concluded Wednesday with a final networking session in the Technology Showcase.

March 1, 2013
ARPA-E Innovators: FORO

Foro Energy, with the help of ARPA-E funding, has accomplished what many though impossible - sending high powered lasers over long distances.

February 28, 2013
ARPA-E Innovators: CREE

CREE, with the help of ARPA-E funding, has developed a Silicon Carbide (SIC) transistor which can be used to create solid state transformers capable of meeting the unique needs of the emerging smart grid.

February 12, 2013
Brookhaven physicists Weidong Si (left) and Qiang Li look into the vacuum chamber where the new high-field iron-based superconductors are made through a process called pulsed-laser deposition.
Iron-based Material Paves Way for New Superconductors

When chilled to frigid temperatures hundreds of degrees Celsius below zero, these remarkable materials are singularly capable of perfectly conducting electric current.

February 8, 2013
The first stage of the "zombie cell" only moderately heated, the cell is now pure silica and needed a gold coating for a scanning electron microscope to image it. | Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories
Zombie Replicants to Outperform the Living

A new, simple technique coats a cell with a silica solution to form a near-perfect replica of its structure, so it can be used by researchers at higher temperatures and pressures.

February 6, 2013
Professor Jack Brouwer, Associate Director and Chief Technology Officer of the National Fuel Cell Research Center, points out the tri-generation facility that uses biogas from Orange County Sanitation District’s wastewater treatment plant to produce hydrogen, heat and power. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Fueling the Next Generation of Vehicle Technology

Learn how fuel cell technologies are vital to our nation's future energy and transportation economies.

January 31, 2013
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks to attendees at the 2011 Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, DC. | Energy Department photo.
ARPA-E and the Military Team Up on New Technologies and Summit Partnerships

New technologies could change the way troops stay cool and warm on the battlefield -- and save energy and money for the military along the way.

January 9, 2013
Europium, a rare earth element that has the same relative hardness of lead, is used to create fluorescent lightbulbs. With no proven substitutes, europium is considered critical to the clean energy economy. | Photo courtesy of the Ames Laboratory.
Increasing Access to Materials Critical to the Clean Energy Economy

The new Critical Materials Hub will help accelerate U.S. leadership in energy innovations by eliminating supply uncertainties for modern and emerging clean energy technologies.