The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is accelerating the availability of next-generation energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in the marketplace by making it easier for industry partners to work with the laboratory.
Thanks to a commercialization strategy that focuses on innovation and partnering, NREL is one of the leaders in the Energy Department's national laboratory complex when it comes to transferring technologies to the market. In fact, NREL has more cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) than any other national laboratory (in Fiscal Year 2013, NREL boasted 166 active CRADAs and 28 new CRADAs).
"NREL is uniquely situated to partner to get technologies to market because of the agility, impact, and creativity found in our science and technology organizations and our partnering approaches," Associate Laboratory Director Bill Farris said.
For a laboratory that works on anywhere between 600 and 700 active agreements each year—many of those with repeat customers who have more than one active agreement with the lab—it's important to continuously improve and update the process and mechanisms for working with partners and making market impacts with innovative technologies.
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Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)