2017 – 2018 FLC Energy Webinar Series Proceedings

The FLC Energy Webinar Series served as a platform to inform the public of the potential commercial impact of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) available technology portfolio and research in the energy topics of renewables, nuclear energy and fossil fuels, transmission, and storage. Hosted in partnership with the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC), the four-part energy webinar series aligned with the FLC’s ongoing Tech Focus initiative. The FLC Tech Focus annually spotlights a specific technology area that addresses a public need and supports both federal laboratories’ research and technology transfer (T2) missions, as well as government-wide, economic-growth goals.

Through the webinar series platform, the FLC provided streamlined accessibility to DOE scientists and researchers who shared their laboratories’ current research and development (R&D) initiatives that are being accelerated to meet public energy needs. The DOE researchers who participated provided a gateway into the capabilities, facilities, technologies and expertise their labs offer through technology transfer partnerships.

As described throughout these proceedings, each part of the series focused on a different energy area, with in depth exploration of some of the available technologies being developed and currently available for licensing.

Part One: Renewable Energy – July 26, 2017

The first of the four-part series focused on renewable energy.According to the Institute of Energy Research, about 9.9 percent of all energy consumed in the United States in 2015 was from renewable sources, which account for approximately 13.4 percent of the nation’s total electricity production. The webinar included presentations that focused on the individual available technologies that can be licensed to fulfill our country’s renewable energy needs.  Speakers also provided a general overview of research being conducted in the different renewable energy fields at their respective federal labs.

Speakers and Recorded Presentations

Part Two: Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Energy – November 2, 2017

The second installment of the series focused on fossil fuels and nuclear energy.  The United States is the world’s largest producer of nuclear power, and garners approximately 81 percent of its total energy from fossil fuels, which include oil, coal, and natural gas. The research conducted in these energy fields at our federal labs is extremely significant in that it affects all Americans’ way of life. Fossil fuels are used to produce electricity or are refined as fuel for heating and transportation, while nuclear power provides about 6 percent of the world’s energy and contributes to nearly 20 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S.

Speakers and Recorded Presentations  

Part Three: Energy Transmission – February 13, 2018

The third installment of the Energy Webinar Series focused on energy transmission. The webinar examined laboratory efforts in electricity infrastructure, power flow and distribution, energy efficiency, safety and reliability, among other transmission system factors that go into keeping our nation’s homes, businesses and other facilities up and running. Representatives from Argonne National Lab, Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, the American Transmission Company, and our partners at M-WERC spoke about the current work to develop innovative technologies, as well as sustainability and efficiency methods to ensure that power continues for many years into the future.

Speakers and Recorded Presentations

Part Four: Energy Storage – April 10, 2018

Part four of the series delved into innovation efforts that highlighted federal laboratories’ energy storage R&D viability for both domestic (electric cars) and military uses (improved operations sustainability).  Presentations discussed laboratory innovation efforts in battery storage, electrochemical capacitors, flywheels, power electronics, control systems, and software tools for storage optimization and sizing.  The energy storage R&D taking place at national labs and with our industry partners and state organizations supports the integration of renewable resources, improves power quality and the reliable delivery of electricity to Americans nationwide, and also improves the stability of transmission and distribution systems, and increases the value of energy generation sources.

Speakers and Recorded Presentations

The FLC Energy Webinar Series provided an opportunity for federal laboratories to present their technologies and the important R&D being conducted to meet the demands of the public and the thriving energy industry. A total of 158 individuals attended the live webinars (an average of approximately 40 people per webinar), along with another 57 who viewed the webinars in their on-demand format after the live presentation. Many thanks to those who presented, as well as our partner, M-WERC, who helped to make this series possible.

To view all of the Energy Webinar Series presentations, visit our YouTube channel.