Energy & Climate

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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.

Accelerating Sustainability: Demonstrating the Benefits of Connected Cars

August 28, 2014 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street, NW
610 A

As America gets ready to travel on Labor Day weekend, join us for a discussion about a new report by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) on the potential impact of 16 emerging smart transportation technologies on US oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Unleash the Tether: Reducing the US military’s Thirst for Foreign Oil

Army Technology
DOD clean energy investments should be a central component of broader climate policy because they offer a path to rapid cost declines that preclude commercial market entrance.

Proposed Law Could Help Commercialize PNNL Technology

Tri-City Herald
Federal legislation could help move more discoveries out of the lab and into use in the marketplace.