NREL and EPRI announce Clean Energy Incubator Network to help startups

By: InnovatioNews Wednesday February 11, 2015 0 comments Tags: Beth Hartman, cleantech, DOE, Golden, Matt Ringer, NREL


NREL logoGOLDEN - The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced the launch of the Clean Energy Incubator Network.

The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories.

NREL said through the newly launched website - - nationwide coordination can be achieved that addresses the unique challenges facing energy startups.

"This website of resources and tools for incubators and entrepreneurs will serve as a focal point of the network," said Matt Ringer, NREL's project manager.

"With our past experience building databases for a variety of related energy resources, NREL is well-positioned to develop this type of resource for the cleantech industry."

NREL said over time, the website will include funding, laboratory and event resources in addition to an evaluation toolkit that will recommend resources specifically targeted to guide startups based on their commercialization readiness level.

EPRI will serve as the convening force behind building greater success for innovation across the industry by sharing strategies and helping to facilitate connections between leaders in the clean energy incubator space.

"With the issues consistently seen when transferring clean energy technologies to the market, this type of incubation is particularly challenging," said Beth Hartman, EPRI's project manager for the new network.

"To address these challenges, the network will help leading incubators in the clean energy industry learn from each other how to best find resources for supporting entrepreneurs. This support will also include connecting them with innovative partners from established industry leaders."

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