InnovationXLab Summits

The Department of Energy (DOE) invests billions of dollars per year in its National Laboratory system, a global leader in scientific research. The Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) designed the InnovationXLab series in collaboration with the Labs to expand the commercial impact of the substantial investment in the National Lab innovation portfolio.

InnovationXLab summits facilitate a two-way exchange of information and ideas between industry, universities, manufacturers, investors, and end-use customers with innovators and experts from across the National Labs and broader DOE R&D complex.

InnovationXLab summits:

  • Catalyze public-private partnerships and commercial hand-offs utilizing DOE’s extensive assets: technology, intellectual property, facilities, and world-leading scientists and researchers.
  • Engage the private sector to ensure DOE understands industry’s technical needs, risk appetite, and investment criteria, thereby incorporating “market pull” into DOE’s portfolio planning.
  • Inform DOE R&D planning to increase commercialization possibilities.

InnovationXLab Summits are not dense technical workshops, but enable connections and commercialization opportunities at the decision-maker level. They highlight promising technologies from across all 17 DOE National Labs.

Upcoming InnovationXLab Summits:

Stay tuned for upcoming events.


Previous InnovationXLab Summits:

Co-hosted by the Office of Technology Transitions and the Arctic Energy Office, ArcticX showcased U.S. leadership in energy innovation and commercialization.

A series of three virtual events, culminating with an in-person summit in Anchorage, Alaska, ArcticX brought together diverse stakeholders, researchers, government officials, and entrepreneurs to address the unique clean energy opportunities and challenges facing the Arctic region.

Learn more about the event.


Hosted virtually by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the CarbonX Summit brought together leaders from industry, academia, and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Laboratories to discuss the role of carbon in the future energy economy.


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Read the InnovationXLab CarbonX blog recap HERE.

Quantum Information Science & Technology

Hosted virtually by Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), the QIST summit centered on a roster of compelling speakers, unique programming, and strong networking opportunities focusing on one of the world’s most important emergent technology areas.

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Read the InnovationXLab: QIST Summit blog recap HERE.

As a prelude to the event, BNL and OTT hosted the Quantum InnovationXLab Virtual Series, exploring different sectors in which quantum technologies could have a major impact. The webinars for this series can be found here.

Make sure to visit the OTT Quantum Hub HERE to explore the OTT Quantum Report and recent DOE quantum updates.

InnovationXLab Biomanufacturing Summit

Berkeley, CA

Hosted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), the event brought together experts for an exchange of ideas across the biomanufacturing landscape – from synthetic biology, bioenergy, bioplastics and other materials, foods, agriculture, and bio-based therapeutics.

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Read the InnovationXLab: Biomanufacturing blog recap HERE.

InnovationXLab Artificial Intelligence Summit

Chicago, Illinois

Hosted by Argonne National Laboratory, the event convened industry leaders from the energy, transportation, manufacturing, and health care sectors, public officials, and researchers from the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories, to discuss how advanced artificial intelligence tools and techniques can support business transformation and drive economic growth.


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Read the InnovationXLab: Artificial Intelligence blog recap HERE.  

InnovationXLab Advanced Manufacturing Summit

Oak Ridge, TN

Hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the summit brought together thought leaders and industry stakeholders to explore new solutions to manufacturing challenges and opportunities.


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Read the InnovationXLab: Advanced Manufacturing blog recap HERE.

InnovationXLab Grid Modernization Summit

Seattle, Washington

Hosted by Pacfific Northwest National Laboratory, the summit joined together industry thought leaders, stakeholders and colleagues who are working on the biggest challenges of grid modernization using the latest technologies.

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InnovationXLab Energy Storage Summit

Menlo Park, California

Hosted by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the first InnovationXLab Summit saw expert panels discuss how energy storage is one of the biggest challenges to unlocking the potential from the next generation of transportation and electricity grid technologies.

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Read the InnovationXLab: Energy Storage blog recap HERE.