Administation Creates Portal to Connect Energy Technologies to the Marketplace :: The Construction Management Pro

Administation Creates Portal to Connect Energy Technologies to the Marketplace

On February 02, 2011 the administration released a notification regarding the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Innovation Portal. This website now has more than 300 business-friendly marketing summaries available to help investors and companies identify and license leading-edge energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The Portal is an online tool that links available DOE innovations to the entrepreneurs who can successfully license and commercialize them. By helping to move these innovations from the laboratory to the market, the Portal facilitates an integral step in supporting growing America’s clean energy industries and meeting the Administration’s clean energy goals.

There are those that believe that government should not be “picking winners and losers.” However, as Secretary Chu states, “Our National Laboratories are a major driver of innovation in this country. By connecting American entrepreneurs with cutting-edge, ready-to-commercialize technologies from the National Labs, the DOE Innovation Portal is helping to grow our economy and create the next generation of American jobs.”

The National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NASA and the Department of Defense have, under both Republican and Democratic administrations, contributed to the technology advancement of this country. In this highly politicised environment, reductions in applied research and the programs that support them like this Portal would be short sighted and not in the long term security interest of this nation.

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