August 25, 2016
Eight cleantech businesses have been awarded small business vouchers ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 to access the unique expertise and facilities available at Berkeley Lab in Round 2 of DOE’s Small Business Voucher (SBV) pilot program. The program is designed to speed entry of next-generation clean energy technologies.
“Partnerships with entrepreneurs and small business are a key part of Berkeley Lab’s mission,” said Elsie Quaite-Randall, Berkeley Lab’s Chief Technology Transfer Officer. “Through collaborations such as the SBV pilot, Berkeley Lab can not only have economic impact in the clean energy sector, it will help small businesses succeed.”
Nationwide, $8M was distributed to a total of 43 small cleantech businesses in this round of funding. DOE will kick off Round 3 of the SBV program in October 2016.
August 5, 2016
Seven Berkeley Lab technologies from researchers in Computing Sciences, Energy Technologies, Biosciences and Materials Sciences plus one multi-lab nomination including LBNL have been named as 2016 R&D 100 Award finalists. Winners will be announced in November. The R&D 100 Awards are given by R&D Magazine to its top 100 new technologies for the year.
June 28, 2016
An app developed at Berkeley Lab to help car consumers evaluate green vehicle choices based on individual driving styles and routes was the focus of a June 20 article in Popular Science titled “Which Electric Car is Right for You?” Researcher Sam Saxena expects the app to be in potential car buyers’ hands in 2017, thanks to a partnership with the EPA and DOE. Last year, Saxena and Energy Technology Area teammates Nihar Shar and Dana Hansen advanced ideas for distributing the app through DOE’s Lab-Corps program for customer discovery. A six-part video series captured the team’s Lab-Corps experience and outcomes.
June 21, 2016
The U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) will commit nearly $16M to help businesses move energy technologies from DOE’s national labs to the marketplace. The Technology Commercialization Fund, administered by DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions, will support projects at 12 national labs involving 52 private-sector partners.
Two Berkeley Lab technologies were selected for FY16 funding: Large Area Polymer Protected Lithium Metal Electrodes with Engineered Dendrite-Blocking Ability (Brett Helms) was awarded over $70,000, and Flame-powered SOFC Generators (Mike Tucker) was awarded $150,000.
The funding, announced June 21, is the first Department-wide round of the Technology Commercialization Fund, which was created to expand DOE’s efforts to catalyze the commercial impact of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities to increase return-on-investment from federally-funded research and give more Americans access to new energy technologies.
“The great work at the national labs and across DOE’s program makes the Department one of the largest supporters of technology transfer within the federal government” said Jetta Wong, Director of the Office of Technology Transitions. “These TCF selections will further strengthen DOE’s important mission to transition technologies to the market.”
May 25, 2016
Berkeley Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office executed licensing agreements this spring to move two biotechnologies from the lab to the marketplace. The Engevity Cuff, developed by Berkeley Lab researcher Jonathan Maltz, improves cardiovascular disease diagnosis by measuring endothelial health and plaque buildup. Startup Lexington Biosciences will refine and commercialize the cuff design. OpenMSI leverages Big Data resources to analyze, visualize, manage and share MSI data in real time, anywhere in the world, promising to advance disease diagnostics and therapeutics, among other biotech applications. Imabiotech licensed Open MSI intellectual property to support its own imaging platform.
May 16, 2016
Join Berkeley Lab staff at DOE’s Make|Energy pavilion at Bay Area Maker Faire, May 20-22, in San Mateo. The Lab plus eight other DOE labs, DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions, ARPA-E and EERE will present hands-on and educational displays related to Energy Generation, Secure Energy Distribution, Smart Buildings & Cities, and Manufacturing to demonstrate how DOE science improves the world. See DOE’s Maker Faire page for more information about technologies on display.
An Ask a Scientist booth will be staffed by DOE researchers — including genomics, computing sciences, and energy storage experts from Berkeley Lab — to answer attendees’ science and energy questions. Berkeley Lab’s Chief Technology Transfer Officer, Elsie Quaite-Randall, and other DOE leaders will participate in a panel discussion on DOE’s programs to transition technologies from lab to market. Researcher Ronald Zuckerman joins other DOE scientists on a Think-Make-Innovate panel, and Reshma Singh leads a panel on Jump, DOE’s new tech crowdsourcing program.
DOE Make|Energy pavilion highlights include –
–a “Fight the Hackers” challenge modeling how cyber security protects the energy grid
–algae-fueled boat races
–a full size, 3D-printed Jeep
–mini-microscopes that attach to cell phones
–windmill-powered cell phone charging
–an array of smart technologies enabling energy efficient buildings and communities
plus live demonstrations of DOE technologies from ESNet to water-cooled shoes and 3D visualization tools.