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July 12, 2015 | Tom Ballard

DOE announces “Small Business Vouchers Pilot” program

DOE-teknoOak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is one of five U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facilities that will play leadership roles in a new initiative announced late last week in Atlanta.

David Danielson, DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, first announced the new “Small Business Vouchers Pilot” at the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative’s Southeast Regional Summit on Thursday. He also discussed the program the next day in Chattanooga during a roundtable hosted by the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council.

The $20 million public-private partnership will connect clean energy innovators across the country with the top-notch scientists, engineers, and world-class facilities at DOE’s national laboratories.

“With this federal funding, in total, these labs will be providing vouchers, starting later this summer, to more than 100 small businesses, so they can access considerable lab expertise and tools that can help them test, validate, and introduce new products, expand their businesses, and grow the clean energy sector,” Danielson said in announcing the initiative.

The value of the vouchers ranges from $50,000 to $300,000. For more information, click here.

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