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DOE awards funding to four national labs to enhance tech transfer, ORNL not one of them

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $18.4 million through the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) for seven national laboratory projects with the goal of getting more clean energy technologies to the marketplace.

According to the announcement, the selected national laboratories will address barriers, gaps, and root causes of commercialization challenges for emerging clean energy technologies. Oak Ridge National Laboratory was not one of the seven.

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will develop promising lab technologies and cultivate a pool of diverse talents and connections between industry and national labs in collaboration with four other labs and funds cost-shared by partners in California, Massachusetts, and New York.
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory will stand up a prize to provide flexible funding and targeted commercialization assistance to teams at different levels of technical and commercial readiness levels in collaboration with five other labs and funds cost-shared by partners in California.
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will develop a first-of-a-kind Visual Intellectual Property Search (VIPS) for both patents and software, made available on the DOE’s Lab Partnering Service webpage, in collaboration with eight other labs and funds cost-shared by partners in California.
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will standardize technology transfer workflows to accelerate the transition of lab-developed technologies to the market in collaboration with five other labs and funds cost-shared by partners in Arizona and California.
  • Sandia National Laboratories will create a strong regional clean energy commercialization ecosystem in New Mexico for manufacturing in collaboration with six other labs and funds cost-shared by partners in Arizona, California, Minnesota, and New Mexico.
  • Sandia National Laboratories will also engage the diverse startup community at a new, larger scale in order to increase the number of startups around DOE lab technologies in collaboration with thirteen other labs and funds cost-shared by partners in Alaska, California, District of Columbia, New Mexico, and Virginia.
  • Sandia National Laboratories will also establish a collaborative approach for moving the semiconductor sector and next generation microelectronics from the lab to the market in collaboration with four other labs and funds cost-shared by partners in Arizona, California, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, New York, and North Carolina.

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