The Energy Department has selected 43 small businesses to collaborate with 12 national laboratories to develop next-generation clean energy technology as part of the $8 million second round of the Small Business Vouchers pilot program.
The small businesses will each receive vouchers worth up to $300,000 and the opportunity to work with the various national laboratories, DOE said Thursday.
“We need to accelerate the pace of clean energy innovation to build stronger economy and a brighter, cleaner future for our nation,” said David Friedman, acting assistant secretary for DOE’s office of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
He added that SBV aims to help entrepreneurs drive the development of clean energy technology through partnerships with national laboratories.
The laboratories are:
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
- Idaho National Laborator
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- Los Alamos National Laboratory
- National Energy Technology Laboratory
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Sandia National Laboratories
- Savannah River National Laboratory
The collaborations will focus on the areas of advanced manufacturing, bioenergy, buildings, fuel cells, geothermal, solar, vehicles, water and wind, DOE added.
The complete list of the grant awardees can be found on the SBV website.
SBV is a national program that provides $20 million to support U.S. companies in efforts to drive industry awareness of national laboratory services and provide resources from the national laboratory system to small and midsize businesses.
DOE issued the first round of SBV awards in 2015 with 33 small business participants and a total of $6.7 million in vouchers.