WASHINGTON, March 24, 2016 - Last week, 14 teams of researchers from seven Energy Department (DOE) national laboratories convened at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, to begin a seven-week Lab-Corps clean energy entrepreneurial boot camp. The training will focus on the commercialization of sustainable transportation, renewable power and energy efficiency technologies.

DOE says that Lab-Corps aims to accelerate the transfer of clean energy technologies from national labs to the marketplace by training and empowering national lab researchers to transition their discoveries into high-impact, real world technologies in the private sector.

The program’s specialized technology accelerator and training curriculum allows the lab-based teams to gain direct market feedback on their technologies and pursue the development of startup companies, industry partnerships, licensing agreements and other business opportunities. The teams also receive access to commercialization resources, including technology validation and testing, facility access, techno-economic analysis and other incubation services.

The Lab-Corps program leverages the scientific expertise and entrepreneurial spirit at U.S. national labs to bring new lab technologies to market that advance American leadership in clean energy, a key part of President Obama's Lab-to-Market Initiative, says DOE.

Lab-Corps is part of the Energy Department’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative.  The $2.3 million Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Lab-Corps pilot, started in 2014, has already trained 14 national lab teams. This is the second round of clean energy entrepreneurship trainings, based on the “successful National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps model,” says DOE. If the pilot proves successful, the new model will be considered for expansion across the Energy Department’s entire national lab enterprise.


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