Future opportunities for ACTs at NREL could include partnerships with other international organizations with complementary missions, non-government organizations, utilities, regulatory agencies, state and local governments, and even multi-party partnerships (for example, if a consortium of companies wants to work with NREL on the same project). Currently NREL has a range of agreements, including ACTs, in 43 states, as well as 31 foreign countries.
Because of the IRENA and CIFF ACTs, NREL is not only furthering the Energy Department's mission but learning to become more nimble in how it does business.
"Like all partnerships, we learn from this," Miller said. "It keeps us relevant to our industry partners and helps us better understand their needs."
Streamlined Licensing Means More NREL Technologies Hitting the Market
In addition to serving as a pilot institute for new agreement types like ACTs, NREL has been increasing the speed and scale of its commercialization efforts over the past several years. The lab has pioneered several industry-leading improvements to processes, licensing agreements, and tools that make it easier to identify and license innovative technologies.
In an effort to meet a 2009 goal of tripling the number of innovations over five years, NREL has streamlined its licensing agreement process and refined the lab's licensing agreement template to make it easier for industry partners to access Energy Department-funded innovations developed at NREL.
"This has really
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