Energy & Climate

Energy-related issues.

Next-Generation R&D Partnerships: The NCATS Success Story

October 29, 2014 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave SW

A major challenge for federally funded research and technology is bridging the so-called "valley of death" - a state of development where many promising discoveries die because they are not sufficiently advanced to attract private sector partners or venture funding even though they may have tremendous potential impact. Read more »

Can Mitigating Global Climate Change be a Free Lunch?

September 29, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Rather than make spurious claims that climate mitigation is free, advocates and policymakers should be discussing how policy (in this country and others) can make clean energy as affordable as possible.

Time for the National Labs to Go Local

September 25, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Ask any tech entrepreneur or start-up founder what they know about the Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratories and most will shrug their shoulders. A few may refer to the famed Manhattan Project that built the atomic bomb — the impetus for creating the labs in the 1940s. Even fewer will know how to engage with the labs to advance their business. This gap needs to be lessened if we hope to further leverage the expertise of the labs to spur innovation and economic growth.

Department of Energy’s National Labs Can Also Be Regional Hubs

September 24, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

The Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories are a $12.5 billion network of potentially transformative basic and applied R&D hubs located in or near many of the nation’s metropolitan areas. However, the labs are today underutilized as true economic assets. How can they be better leveraged?

The Role of the DOE National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy

September 16, 2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave SW
Room 2325

The Department of Energy’s National Laboratory system was originally developed around the Manhattan Project to assist in research related to the development of nuclear weapons. However, while the Labs’ image is often still based on this history, today the system is a central cog in America’s broader innovation ecosystem and a national driver of scientific and economic development. Read more »

Autonomous and Connected Car Technologies May Progressively Curb Emissions

Scientific American
Smart transportation technologies allow us to bend the carbon curve down in the intermediate time frame, says Matthew Stepp.

New Report Urges DOE's National Laboratories to go Local

The DOE’s 17 national science laboratories need to get more engaged in economic development, innovation, and technology commercialization at the regional level.

Going Local: Connecting the National Labs to their Regions for Innovation and Growth

September 10, 2014
| Reports

Since their inception in the 1940s, the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories have been in the vanguard of America’s global research and development leadership. However, the national innovation system has changed in the past 70 years. Today, much technology development and application occurs in the context of synergistic regional clusters of firms, trade associations, educational institutions, private labs, and regional economic development organizations. Unfortunately, legacy operating procedures limit the DOE labs’ ability to engage fully with the regional economies in which they are located. This lack of consistent engagement with regional technology clusters has likely limited the labs’ overall contributions to U.S. economic growth.

ICT Transforming Fuel Consumption

ITIF and the Center for Clean Energy Innovation were co-hosts of a panel discussion on the impact of connected vehicles on sustainable transportation.
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