October 2017 Tech-to-Market Newsletter

October 27, 2017

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Energy I-Corps Cohort 6 Closing Session and Graduation

Join us on November 15-16, 2017, in Washington, D.C., for the closing session of the sixth cohort of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy I-Corps program.

Activities include the first-ever "Energy I-Corps Technology Showcase" and the cohort's graduation. Go HERE for more information.

Federal News Radio Interview Takes a Closer Look at DOE’s Tech-to-Market Program

Dr. Johanna Wolfson, director of DOE's Technology-to-Market program, joined Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how the program helps eliminate the common barriers preventing market exploration of new energy technologies. Listen to the interview HERE

Deadlines for Innovation Crossroads and Cyclotron Road

DEADLINE: Innovation Crossroads  

Applications for the second cohort of Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Knoxville, Tennessee, are due Monday, October 30, 2017.

View the solicitation and submission instructions HERE.

DEADLINE: Cyclotron Road

Applications for the fourth cohort of Cyclotron Road at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, due Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

View the solicitation and submission instructions HERE.

Cyclotron Road and Innovation Crossroads, along with Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Laboratory, are part of DOE's Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs. Funded by DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office, the programs embed top technical talent within DOE national labs as entrepreneurial researchers to address fundamental energy and manufacturing challenges identified by industry.

Deadlines for 2018 Cleantech University Prize Regional Competitions

Several regional organizations participating in DOE’s 2018 Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) Collegiate Pitch Competition are now accepting statements of intent and applications. Go HERE for more information.

Midwest Cleantech UP

The Midwest Cleantech UP regional competition, hosted by Clean Energy Trust, is now accepting applications through November 30, 2017. Students residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin are eligible to compete. Go HERE for more information and application instructions.

Allegheny Cleantech UP

Carnegie Mellon University's Allegheny Cleantech UP regional competition is now open to students from accredited colleges or universities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. Statements of intent must be submitted by December 20, 2017, to participate. Go HERE for more information.

First Look West (FLoW)

Want to participate in the California Institute of Technology’s First Look West (FLoW) competition? All teams must submit a statement of intent by February 1, 2018. Competition eligibility is nationwide. Go HERE for more information.  

DOE Phase I Release 1 Small Business Research and Development Funding Opportunity Announcement

DOE's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs issued the first Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for fiscal year 2018. The Phase I Release 1 FOA, with approximately $23 million in available funding, invites small businesses to submit applications to establish the technical feasibility of new innovations that advance the mission of the Office of Science.

To view the DOE FY 18 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 1 FOA webinar, go HERE.

TOPICS INFORMATION

Go HERE for the DOE FY 18 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 1 FOA topics and HERE for the topics webinar.

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) manages the following topics:

14. Performance and Manufacturing Advancements for LEDs and OLEDs for Solid-State Lighting

16. Engineered Systems for Innovative Wet and Gaseous Waste Valorization

17. Membranes and Materials for Energy Efficiency

18. Subsurface Permeability Manipulation and Fluid Control

Additional information on the DOE SBIR and STTR programs is available HERE.

New Solar Collector Tech Could Lower Costs for Concentrating Solar Power

A new solar collector is starting a trend when it comes to concentrating solar power (CSP) technology. For the first time ever, “ganged heliostats” could be a viable option for new CSP systems.

DOE Small Business Vouchers awardee Skysun has developed the new design that could help cut the cost of a CSP system by more than 30%. Read more HERE.

SkyNano Technologies: Breaking Through Nanotube Manufacturing Barriers with New Innovations

SkyNano Technologies was recently awarded “Crowd Favorite” at the fifth annual Startup Day pitch competition in Knoxville, Tennessee. Anna Douglas, the innovator behind SkyNano’s technology, is one of three postdoctoral researchers in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Innovation Crossroads program.

Learn more about Anna and SkyNano's technology for converting atmospheric carbon dioxide into useful functional nanomaterials HERE