The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently recognized the professionals behind the lab's greatest innovations from the past year during its Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer Awards.
With more than 100 active licenses covering the spectrum of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies creating several hundred new research and development agreements with industry partners, the luncheon celebrated NREL's commercialization success and recognized the researchers and engineers who made it happen.
"As NREL sharpens its focus on energy systems integration, the individual successes are starting to meld into a greater, NREL-wide focus on comprehensive, industry-changing energy solutions," said Bill Farris, NREL's Associate Lab Director of Innovation, Partnering, and Outreach.
NREL added 29 new Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) in 2012, bringing its total to 184. CRADAs are one tool industry partners utilize when looking to license NREL technologies; for every dollar that the Energy Department invests in a CRADA, it attracts another $8 in private investment.
Himmel Named Distinguished Innovator
Research Fellow Mike Himmel, one of NREL's top inventors measured by number of patents generated and licenses executed, was honored with the Distinguished Innovator of the Year Award.
The Distinguished Innovator of the Year Award recognizes scientists who have shown leadership that has significantly impacted the commercialization of NREL technologies, demonstrated innovation productivity, and created impactful technologies.
Himmel is a biochemist whose work on cellulase greatly simplified and lowered the cost of converting biomass to fuel. A principal scientist in the Energy Sciences Center, he has more than 30 years of experience in conducting, supervising, and planning research in: protein biochemistry, recombinant technology, enzyme
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