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.”