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Renewable Energy Innovations Garner Tech Transfer Awards

May 23, 2012 - 10:11am

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Among the Energy Department teams that won awards at the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer was the team above from Pacific Northwest National Lab. They received the Interagency Partnership Award at an awards banquet in Pittsburgh on May 3. The award recognizes employees from at least two different federal agencies or laboratories who have “collaboratively accomplished outstanding work in transferring technology." | Photo courtesy of the Federal Lab Consortium.

Among the Energy Department teams that won awards at the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer was the team above from Pacific Northwest National Lab. They received the Interagency Partnership Award at an awards banquet in Pittsburgh on May 3. The award recognizes employees from at least two different federal agencies or laboratories who have “collaboratively accomplished outstanding work in transferring technology." | Photo courtesy of the Federal Lab Consortium.

The Department of Energy's investments in innovation and technology help create new jobs, build new industries and help American companies stay competitive. Secretary Chu has made it a major priority to accelerate the transition to the marketplace for technologies developed at our labs.

The value the labs produce was recently recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, which each year sifts through the hundreds of nominations submitted by the 250 federal laboratories, and selects a handful to honor with awards for successfully transferring their technologies from the lab to applications in industry or defense.

This year, Energy Department laboratories won six of the 23 awards given for Excellence in Technology Transfer, two of the three Laboratory Director of the Year awards, and two additional awards for state and local development and interagency partnership.

The directors from Brookhaven and Pacific Northwest National Labs, Dr. Samuel Aronson and Michael Kluse, respectively, received their Laboratory Director of the Year awards during an awards banquet on May 3 hosted by the FLC in Pittsburgh, Penn.

The Interagency Partnership Award, which recognizes employees from at least two different federal agencies or laboratories who have “collaboratively accomplished outstanding work in transferring technology," went to the Naval Sea Systems program at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division at PNNL. The award went to the lab for a technology that captures carbon dioxide within a submarine. Read the full story.

The State and Local Economic Development Award went to Sandia National Lab’s Science and Technology Park, a 340-acre high-tech campus home to companies, scientists and researchers involved in advancing new technologies. From a 2009 estimate, the park has created more than 7,700 jobs since its establishment in 1998. 

The six Excellence in Technology Transfer awards went to:

  • Argonne National Laboratory researchers who developed an innovative technology used in water desalination and biorefineries. See the full story.
  • The Los Alamos National Laboratory team that developed a wireless technology used to collect real-time temperature and pressure information from sensors in oil and gas wells, which improves well yields, saving producers millions of dollars per well. See the full story.
  • Another team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which created a process to recycle Sr-82, an isotope used in PET scans, which doctors use to produce 3D images to diagnose heart patients. See the full story.
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory researchers who developed the platinum-chromium alloy used in coronary stents. See the full story.
  • The Oak Ridge National Laboratory team that helped a nonprofit corporation manufacture low-cost, clean cookstoves for the developing world. See the full story.
  • The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers who developed a process to improve stability and longevity in mass spectrometry, a technique to identify chemical compounds. 
  • And, the Sandia National Laboratory team that developed a quiet, zero emissions fuel cell to replace diesel generators for mobile lights used by high construction crews, security personnel and film crews. See the full story.

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) is the nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace.

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