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DOE announces $18 million to streamline commercialization of clean energy technologies

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Washington DC – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that it has contributed $18.4 million through its Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) to seven national laboratory projects aimed at bringing more clean energy technologies to market. Did. Selected national laboratories address barriers, gaps, and root causes of the challenges of commercializing new clean energy technologies. Accelerating the commercialization path will support President Biden’s goal of introducing clean energy and his net-zero carbon footprint by 2050, while increasing domestic manufacturing and high-paying jobs. strengthens the American economy through the creation of

“By accelerating the speed of bringing new technologies to market, we can address climate change, reduce energy costs, and deploy the clean energy sources needed to meet President Biden’s decarbonization goals. .” U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm“DOE’s National Laboratories are committed to addressing the urgent need to develop solutions for rapid commercialization of clean energy technologies, from product research, development and patenting to widespread use. I have.”

New clean energy technologies are critical to meeting national climate goals, but face unique barriers to commercialization. Selected lab projects will use a holistic approach to identify and address common barriers that clean energy technology companies face in successfully commercializing their products.

Established by Congress through the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and reauthorized by the Energy Act of 2020, the TCF offers new flexibility to promote promising energy technologies. Then, on February 15, 2022, the nine DOE Program Offices issued “Core Lab Infrastructure for Commercialization.”

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Develop promising lab technologies and collaborate with four other labs funded by partners in California, Massachusetts, and New York to cultivate a diverse talent pool and links between industry and national labs. increase.
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory Provide flexible funding and targeted commercialization support for teams at various levels of technical and commercial readiness, in collaboration with five other labs and funding, with California partners sharing costs launch the award.
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory In collaboration with eight other California partner-funded labs and funding, we have made an unprecedented Visual Intellectual Property Award for both patents and software available on the DOE’s Lab Partnering Service web page. Develop Search (VIPS).
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Standardize technology transfer workflows and work with five other labs and funding, funded by partners in Arizona and California, to accelerate the transition of lab-developed technologies to market.
  • Sandia National Laboratories Create a strong regional clean energy commercial ecosystem for manufacturing in New Mexico in collaboration with six other research institutes and funding funded by partners in Arizona, California, Minnesota and New Mexico. create.
  • Sandia National Laboratories We are also working with 13 other partner-funded labs and funding in Alaska, California, the District of Columbia, and New Mexico to engage a diverse startup community to increase the number of startups on DOE lab technology. Engage on a new scale. and Virginia.
  • Sandia National Laboratories Also Arizona, California, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, New York, and North Carolina.

“I have drafted legislation establishing a revised version of the Department of Energy’s Technology Commercialization Fund,” he said. U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (NM)“These awards will enable national laboratories, including Sandia, New Mexico, to build strong partnerships with local private sector start-ups to develop promising clean energy technologies developed by Department of Energy researchers. We are excited to grow our commercial and manufacturing ecosystem at the center.”

“New Mexico’s national laboratories play a central role in strengthening our nation’s scientific leadership and economy. U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luhan (NM)“Congress is proud to have championed and led a bipartisan initiative in the House and Senate’s competitive package to support lab research and development efforts in future industries. Accelerating commercialization of innovative technologies Today’s announcement of more than $18 million in investment in our laboratories from the DOE’s Technology Commercialization Fund will support America’s STEM workforce and the long-term economy. It represents a significant investment in competitiveness and improving the quality of life for New Mexicans and all Americans.”

DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) plays a key role in coordinating the TCF and strengthening DOE’s commercialization partnerships. OTT has coordinated with the following DOE program offices to ensure funding is available in 2022. the Department of Electricity; and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Building Technology Office, Geothermal Technology Office, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Office, Solar Energy Technology Office, Hydropower Technology Office, and Wind Energy Technology Office.

Learn more about the Technology Commercialization Fund.