DOE launches Lab-Corps pilot program to speed lab tech transfer into market

By: InnovatioNews Friday October 31, 2014 0 comments Tags: David Danielson, DOE, Innovation Corps, Lab-Corps, NREL, NSF


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Dept. of Energy this week launched a new $2.3 million pilot program to accelerate the transfer of innovative clean energy technologies from its national laboratories into the commercial marketplace, DOE announced.

The program, called Lab-Corps, aims to better train and empower national lab researchers to successfully transition their discoveries into high-impact, real-world technologies in the private sector.

'The Energy Department's national laboratories are science and engineering powerhouses," said David Danielson, DOE assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

"In support of the President's Lab-to-Market Initiative, the Lab-Corps program launched today (Oct. 29) supports the entrepreneurial spirit at our national labs and will bring new lab technologies to market that advance American leadership in clean energy."

Danielson made the announcement during a speech at the NREL Industry Growth Forum in Denver.

Lab-Corps builds on the National Science Foundation's successful Innovation Corps model, a specialized tech 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, DOE said.

Six national labs - including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden - have been selected to take part in the Lab-Corps pilot program.

Over the coming year, the labs will assemble, train and support entrepreneurial tams to identify private sector opportunities for commercializing promising sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency lab technologies.

DOE said NREL will leverage its deep expertise in technology commercialization and clean energy sectors to develop, deliver and manage the Lab-Corps training program across the laboratory sites with support from Brookhaven National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory.

Other labs involved in the program include Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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