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43 Small Businesses to Collaborate With 12 Federal Labs in 2nd SB Voucher Pilot Program

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The Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that it had selected 43 small businesses to participate in the second round of its Small Business Voucher (SBV) pilot project. These businesses will have the opportunity to collaborate with 12 DOE labs, have access to world-class facilities and capabilities, and receive expert advice from renowned scientists and engineers to bring their clean energy technologies to market.

The first SBV pilot took place in fall 2015, when 33 small businesses received vouchers totaling $6.7 million. This second pilot awarded more than $8 million to even more small businesses and opens an even wider range of R&D clean energy, public-private sector innovation to take place.

When asked about the program and the potential impact these collaborative partnerships will create, David Friedman, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) stated, “We need to accelerate the pace of clean energy innovation to build a stronger economy and a brighter, cleaner future for our nation. The Small Business Vouchers pilot breaks down barriers for some of our greatest entrepreneurial minds, allowing them to work with our national laboratories across sectors and industries to accelerate a clean energy revolution that’s been underway since 2008.”

The DOE laboratories scheduled to work with the 43 small businesses include Savannah River National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, among others. These DOE labs will offer their support and resources to commercialize a new wave of clean energy techs are as follows: 

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Bioenergy
  • Buildings
  • Fuel Cells
  • Geothermal
  • Solar
  • Vehicles
  • Water

To learn more about the DOE’s SBV pilot and the projects that the selected businesses and laboratories are currently working on, visit https://www.sbv.org/.


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