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 yearmany of those with repeat customers who have more than one active agreement with the labit's important to continuously improve and update the process and mechanisms for working with partners and making market impacts with innovative technologies.
Partnering Leads to Great Things
One example of an NREL technology making impact is the laboratory's transpired solar collector (TSC) technology, which was licensed to GeoSolarHeat in 2013. The company is using the technology to help cure and dry out ground litter for commercial poultry farms as well as heat the coops in colder months. TSCs provide heat from the sun, reducing propane and natural gas use to maintain minimum temperatures required for proper growth. Up to 95F heat is needed during the poultry growth cycle. Heating fuel is the grower's biggest expense, but more importantly TSCs' free heat can allow the grower to bring in more fresh air, which reduces humidity and ammonia leve
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