In the U.S., businesses tend to invest in research that will pay off in the short term. National laboratories are filling a gap by conducting the essential research that will change the game 10 to 20 years down the road. Learn more about how years of conducting advanced research in both the private and public sectors led to battery technology that made electric cars possible.
More work must be done to streamline the process from creation to commercialization in order to ensure that the best ideas are appropriately matured and introduced to the marketplace, and avoid what is referred to as the “Valley of Death” – where great innovations go to die. Just as in the broad marketplace, the Energy Department has a large number of unlicensed patents that could be commercialized.
Read about the Liquid Metal Battery -- an innovative emerging technology comprised of liquid metal electrodes of differing densities, which allows the liquids to separate and stratify without the need for any solid separator.
To create jobs and lead in the global clean energy economy, the Obama Administration has made a point of supporting game-changing innovations – including the Energy Department’s Advance Research Programs Agency for Energy (ARPA-E).
Who will be America’s Next Top Energy Innovator? Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies (IPAT) won't be left in the dust -- they have licensed gas atomization technology developed by Ames Laboratory that will enable them to manufacture titanium powder 10 times more efficiently.