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NREL staff recognized for top innovations
Date:5/13/2014

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently recognized the professionals behind the lab's greatest innovations from the past year during its annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony. The event also celebrated NREL's commercialization and partnering successes, recognizing the researchers and engineersincluding three honorees in the new Rising Stars Award categorywho made it happen.

"The technology transfer momentum continues to accelerate, as NREL scientists and engineers apply their breakthroughs to further our gains in energy systems integration and industry-changing energy solutions," said Kristin Gray of NREL's Technology Transfer Office (TTO).

NREL added 28 new Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) in fiscal year 2013, for a total of 166 active CRADAsthe highest in the Energy Department system. Overall, there were 210 new partnerships signed including the CRADAs, boosting the lab's active total of partnerships to 652 for FY13. CRADAS are one of the many tools industry uses when looking to partner with NREL; for every dollar that the Energy Department invests in a CRADA, it attracts another $6 in total value from all industry contracts. Also during the last year, the lab signed 20 new license agreements and filed more than 60 new patent applications.

Sopori Named Distinguished Innovator

Principal Engineer Bhushan Sopori, 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 award recognizes scientists who have shown leadership that has significantly impacted the commercialization of NREL technologies, demonstrated innovation productivity, and created impactful technologies.

Sopori is a solar energy researcher who has cooperated with a large number of companies, and whose research helped drive down the cost of photovoltaic module production, re
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Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert

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