The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a new $2.3 million pilot program to accelerate the transfer of innovative clean energy technologies from the DOE's national laboratories into the commercial marketplace.
The DOE says the new Lab-Corps program, which builds on the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps model, is a specialized technology accelerator and training curriculum for the national laboratories that will enable lab-based teams to gain direct market feedback on their technologies and pursue the development of startup companies, industry partnerships, licensing agreements and other business opportunities.
"The Energy Department's National Laboratories are science and engineering powerhouses," says Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson. "In support of the president's Lab-to-Market Initiative, the Lab-Corps program launched today supports the entrepreneurial spirit at our national labs and will bring new lab technologies to market that advance American leadership in clean energy."
Six national labs have been selected to participate in the Lab-Corps pilot program. Over the next year, they will assemble, train and support entrepreneurial teams to identify private-sector opportunities for commercializing promising sustainable transportation, renewable power and energy efficiency technologies.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, located in Golden, Colo., will leverage its expertise to develop, deliver and manage the Lab-Corps training program across the laboratory sites.