The 30th Industry Growth Forum At a Glance

With just one month to go, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) 30th Industry Growth Forum (IGF) has shaped up to be the most exciting to date! On May 3rd and 4th, 30 cleantech companies will take the stage to unveil topics ranging from blockchain to batteries. The presenters are pioneering technologies and business models on … More The 30th Industry Growth Forum At a Glance

NREL Innovation & Entrepreneurship: A Brief History

As an applied research facility in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory system, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) looks beyond fundamental research to investigate and understand how the technologies developed here impact the marketplace and serve the real world. This focus sharpened for the Lab in 2008, through the DOE’s open bid … More NREL Innovation & Entrepreneurship: A Brief History

Reflecting on 2017

As the sun sets on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) 40th year, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) has much to reflect on and look forward to. New and revamped programs, unforgettable events, a solar eclipse, and a growing IEC team have made 2017 electrifying. To highlight just a few memorable moments: April marked … More Reflecting on 2017

Industry Engagement Continues to Grow in Energy I-Corps Program

Earlier this month, Cohort 6 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy I-Corps program concluded with an energy-filled pitch event at the National Union Building in Washington, D.C. This was a special evening, as Energy I-Corps alumni from several national laboratories joined the Cohort 6 teams to showcase their technologies and the progress made … More Industry Engagement Continues to Grow in Energy I-Corps Program

Innovation Incubator Program for Startups Continues to Gain Momentum at NREL

There’s no summer vacation for the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2). Instead, the program—which began in 2014 as a five-year, $10 million effort focused on commercial building startups—is revving up. Just ask Senior Energy Efficiency Research Engineer Shanti Pless, who is a PI for several IN2 projects and who works closely with the IN2 program … More Innovation Incubator Program for Startups Continues to Gain Momentum at NREL

Twelve DOE Lab Teams Explore Commercialization Pathways with Energy I-Corps

This past week, U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy I-Corps (formerly known as Lab-Corps) teams gathered in Denver, Colorado to finish up cohort 5, following an intensive eight-week training, where lab researchers define technology value propositions, conduct interviews, and explore viable commercialization pathways to bring their technology to market. The three-day closing session reinforced the … More Twelve DOE Lab Teams Explore Commercialization Pathways with Energy I-Corps

Innovation Incubator Awardee Testing Inverter at Energy Systems Integration Facility

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) awardee Go Electric and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers have begun testing the startup’s inverter, which is designed to provide an uninterruptible power supply that instantly synchronizes with the grid, in NREL’s Energy System Integration Facility (ESIF) Energy Storage Laboratory. Go Electric’s technology, called LYNC DR, integrates patented … More Innovation Incubator Awardee Testing Inverter at Energy Systems Integration Facility

Transforming Research into Market Impact through DOE Lab-Corps

In late February, DOE’s Lab-Corps kicked off the opening session of Cohort 5. Since launched in 2015, Lab-Corps is transforming research into market impact throughout the National Lab system. Built on the validated National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Model, the two-month program provides scientists with a better understanding of the commercialization process. Cohort 5 … More Transforming Research into Market Impact through DOE Lab-Corps