U.S. Department of Energy researchers have won 36 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments of 2012. The awards are presented annually in recognition of exceptional new products, processes, materials, or software that were developed throughout the world and introduced into the market the previous year.
Researchers at ten of DOE’s national laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex won awards this year. The R&D 100 awards highlight some of the successes achieved by the Department’s national laboratories in technology transfer of basic research results into commercial products.
Since 1962, when R&D Magazine’s annual competition began, DOE national laboratories have been the recipient of over 800 R&D 100 awards. R&D 100 awards are selected by an independent panel of judges based on the technical significance, uniqueness, and usefulness of projects and technologies from across industry, government, and academia.