The Energy Department’s national laboratories are extraordinary, large-scale repositories of technical capabilities and expertise, but to contribute more effectively to clean-energy innovation, they need to be better connected to private sector partners who can bring technologies to maturity. Two promising ideas for providing such connections are the proposed Impact for Energy Foundation and the pilot small business voucher program. The former would make it easier for companies and philanthropists to work collaboratively with intramural teams at DOE labs. The latter provides small businesses that need sophisticated insights with no-cost access to lab experts who can accelerate their innovations.
Please join ITIF for an expert discussion of these ideas and others, with speakers representing diverse stakeholders and points of view. Featured speakers will include Reps. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM). Co-sponsors of this event include the American Council for Capital Formation, Bipartisan Policy Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Third Way.
This event will be recorded and video will be posted here as soon as it is available.
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Additional speakers to be announced.
Lunch will be served.