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Tech Transfer at the National Labs

August 28, 2013
Lab Breakthrough: How Energy Department Research Saves Lives

Learn how an alloy developed by the National Energy Technology Lab is moving markets and saving lives.

August 26, 2013
Argonne National Lab scientists Jeff Elam (left) and Anil Mane’s work in nanocomposite charge drain coatings represents a significant breakthrough in the efforts to develop microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS. This new technology earned one of the 36 R&D 100 awards from R&D Magazine that the National Labs took home in 2013. | Image courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
From Innovation to Commercialization: Tech Transfer at the National Labs

Learn about the various methods the National Laboratories use to get lab tech to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

August 16, 2013
R&D 100: Lab Researchers Contribute to Public Safety

Scientists at two Energy Department Labs and the Y-12 National Security Complex received R&D 100 awards -- also known as the "Oscars of innovation" -- for technologies that advance national security and public safety.

July 24, 2013
Pictured is Oak Ridge National Laboratory's water heating testing facility. Researchers estimate that 10 months of constant operation in its testing facility is comparable to 10 years of service life in a typical residential setting. | Photo courtesy of the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center, ORNL.
R&D 100: Innovations That Could Save Consumers Money

Looking for the latest in energy efficiency technology? Check out these National Lab breakthroughs that could help homeowners save energy and money.

July 24, 2013
By applying pressure to the generator, one is able to generate about six nanoamperes of current and 400 millivolts of potential -- roughly a quarter of the voltage of a AAA battery and enough to flash a number on the small LCD screen. | Photo courtesy of Seung-Wuk Lee's lab at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
R&D 100: Battery Technology Goes Viral

Learn how Energy Department researchers are harnessing power from an unlikely source -- viruses.

July 23, 2013
Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently developed a new smart occupancy sensor that adds optics to what had only been a motion detection before. The new sensor combines an inexpensive camera with a high-speed microprocessor and algorithms to detect movement and human presence in a room with an accuracy of more than 90 percent -- an advancement that could lead to enormous energy savings in commercial buildings. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL.
R&D 100: Smart Sensors Mean Energy Savings

As part of our coverage on this year's R&D 100 awards, we're profiling a new smart sensor developed by NREL researchers that could help commercial buildings save on lighting and ventilation costs.

July 18, 2013
Argonne National Lab biologists Philip Laible (pictured) and Deborah Hanson, R&D 100 award recipients, developed a system that uses photosynthetic bacteria (Rhodobacter) to create much larger amounts of membrane protein than was ever before available, driving down production costs and making studies of membrane proteins easier both in terms of scalability and purification. | Photo by Wes Agresta, Argonne National Laboratory.
From Lab to Market: Energy Department Researchers Lead R&D 100

Energy Department scientists and researchers led the pack at this year's R&D 100 awards -- the "Oscars of Innovation."