From time to time, the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) is invited to speak to groups and to share more information about our office, commercialization, and tech transfer throughout the Department of Energy (DOE).
These engagements are an opportunity to create dialogue across various sectors and to make connections between the programs that DOE offers to innovators and researchers that help empower the transition of technology from research to development, demonstration, and to deployment in the marketplace. Building connections and creating widespread awareness of DOE programs is a key priority for the OTT team.
On Nov. 9, 2021, OTT Director Dr. Vanessa Z. Chan presented at the 2021 Carrier Decarbonization and Carbon Tech Summit. The purpose of this event was to explore future scenarios and discuss ideas for new CarbonTech, and technologies that will reduce and eliminate the emissions of carbon.
In her remarks, Dr. Chan shared some high-level thoughts from the perspective of OTT, including three of the major lessons she's learned throughout her career which inform her approach to commercialization. She also shared background on OTT's statutory mission and what it is that we do. A detailed explanation of the Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RDD&D) Continuum and the many barriers to technology transfer were significant topics of her presentation, including additional discussions of the Building Technologies Office and examples of successful partnerships with the national laboratories.
One such example shared during the event was regarding a project at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in partnership with NETenergy. You can read more about this story on OTT's Lab Partnering Service (LPS).