The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will collaborate with 14 companies to address their critical technology challenges under the third round of Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers (SBV) program, the agency announced on May 2.
The SBV program facilitates access to the DOE national labs for American small businesses, enabling them to tap into the intellectual and technical resources they need to develop advanced energy products and gain a global competitive advantage.
“The Small Business Vouchers program focuses on connecting world-class DOE national laboratory capabilities, such as NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility and National Wind Technology Center, with American small businesses,” NREL SBV Program Manager Matt Ringer said.
In the first two rounds of the program, 12 DOE national labs received funding to partner with 76 small businesses. With the latest announcement, the SBV program will have forged partnerships among 114 American small businesses and the national labs. – and awarded a total of $22 million.
On April 21, the DOE announced that a total of 38 small businesses that would collaborate with national lab researchers through round three of SBV, but did not name the businesses chosen.
Now, NREL is identifying the 14 competitively selected companies and the projects on which they will work during this round – among them:
- Arable Labs (New Jersey) – Refine Arable’s Pulsepod technology, which quantifies solar resources by measuring variables and reporting data via integrated radios.
- BASiC 3C (Colorado) – Develop a new semiconductor as a replacement for silicon. The semiconductor will provide greater efficiency, voltage capability, temperature operation, and higher tolerance to harsh operating conditions than existing models.
- Efficient Drivetrains (California) – Test a lightweight, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain.
- Folsom Labs (California) – Evaluate the HelioScope technology, a modeling software that helps design solar projects to provide municipalities and financial institutions with the data to compare this model to other, more costly and time-consuming processes.
- Iris Photovoltaics (California) – Scale up Iris’ innovative solar panel technology that has the potential to improve the efficiency of solar panels while leveraging existing manufacturing resources, and could substantially lower the cost of solar energy.
- Natel Energy (California) – Model and evaluate the potential value streams of a portfolio of networked small hydropower generators. The project is designed to advance the understanding of the value of small hydro generation to the grid of the future.
- Peroxygen Systems (Tennessee) – Scale up Peroxygen Systems’ current electolyzer stack, which will enable the company to reach the production capacity needed for a commercial pilot trial with a customer.
- Radiant Labs (Colorado) – Expand the capabilities of Radiant Labs’ ResStock platform, which provides municipalities with modeling tools to trace energy consumption.
- Sundog Solar Technology (New York) – Develop an advanced reflector technology and improve the technology’s weatherization design.
- WindESCo (Massachusetts) – Develop and apply roto-based sensors and cloud analytics to improve the technology’s energy output, reduce component failure, and increase the length of wind farms’ operational lifetimes.
- Wind Tower Technology (Colorado) – Conduct economic analysis of wind farm construction and levelized costs of energy of a self-erecting concrete wind turbine tower system.
To see a full list of small businesses competitively-selected by DOE in the third round of the SBV program, visit http://www.sbv.org.
Based in Golden, Colorado, NREL is operated for the Energy Department by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy