By Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Six small companies will tap the expertise of the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to move their manufacturing, fuel cell, geothermal, and vehicle technologies closer to the marketplace.
The businesses are among 43 selectedÂ to participate in the second round of DOEâ€™s Small Business Vouchers, or SBV, pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the departmentâ€™s national laboratory system and bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster.
â€œWe need to accelerate the pace of clean energy innovation to build stronger economy and a brighter, cleaner future for our nation,â€ said David Friedman, acting assistant secretary for DOEâ€™s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, or EERE. â€œThe Small Business Vouchers pilot breaks down barriers for some of our greatest entrepreneurial minds, allowing them to work with our national laboratories across sectors and industries to accelerate a clean energy revolution thatâ€™s been under way since 2008.â€
The Department opened the first round of SBV, a technology-to-market lab impact pilot project, in September 2015. In SBVâ€™s first round, 33 small businesses received vouchers totaling $6.7 million. The 43 awards announced in August total more than $8 million. [Read more…]