Touryan Elected Chairman of Proliferation Prevention Advisory Board

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Golden, Colo., Feb. 6, 1998 — Ken Touryan of the U.S Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was elected chairman of the Inter-Laboratory Advisory Board for the Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention (IPP). As chairman, Touryan will coordinate IPP activities for all 10 DOE national laboratories and the Kansas City Plant.

DOE initiated the IPP program in 1994 to control and reduce the global threat represented by nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. IPP aims to identify and develop non-military applications for defense technologies and create jobs for weapons scientists and engineers in the high technology commercial marketplace. DOE laboratories work with industrial partners in the U.S. to help technology flow from military to commercial operations.

"The IPP program is an effective way of redirecting highly qualified and marketable former Soviet Union scientists and engineers from jobs which support the production of weapons of mass destruction to peaceful pursuits," Touryan said. "IPP provides non-military, gainful employment opportunities and a means of rapid commercialization of defense technologies. It creates a win-win situation for all involved." Touryan, senior technology analyst, has served on the advisory board since IPP's inception.

NREL has nine active projects and nine more at various stages of preparation with Russian, Belarus, Ukrainian and Kazakstan institutes. The following list is a sampling of IPP projects in which NREL is involved:

  • Solar optics for unique solar thermal applications
  • New silicon solar cell technologies
  • Building-integrated solar modules
  • Gas recycling technology for solar cell production
  • Feasibility study of retrofitting fossil fuel power plants with waste biomass (plants and organic matter)
  • Metal powders for use in battery and electronic applications