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Innovation and Entrepreneurship News

Read the latest updates from NREL's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.

Oct. 5, 2020

Two New Solar Technologies Emerge through Solar Prize Round 2

DOE announces winners of the Solar Prize Round 2, awarding another $1 million in prizes to solar innovators.

Sept. 24, 2020

Scientists Offer Companies a Novel Chemistry for Greener Polyurethane

Through a novel chemistry using nontoxic resources like linseed oil, waste grease, or even algae, chemist Phil Pienkos and colleague Tao Dong, an expert in chemical engineering, have developed a groundbreaking method for producing renewable polyurethane without toxic precursors.

July 7, 2020

NREL Acts as Local Economic Stabilizer while Transforming Energy Around the World

Located in Jefferson County, Colorado, which is part of metropolitan Denver, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has seen its economic impact on the county climb by more than 218% during the seven-year span from fiscal year 2012 to fiscal 2019.

April 30, 2020

News Release: Cleantech Innovators Announced at 2020 Virtual Industry Growth Forum

Today, the NREL recognized three top cleantech innovators as it wrapped up the 25th anniversary edition of the NREL Industry Growth Forum (IGF). This year's IGF was an all-virtual event held at a time when innovation in all forms is a national priority.

April 2, 2020

News Release: $125,000 Awarded in DISCOVER Stage of Ocean Observing Prize; Launch of DEVELOP Competition

NREL announced the 11 winners of the DISCOVER Competition, the first stage of the Powering the Blue Economy: Ocean Observing Prize. Of the selected winners, 10 received $10,000 each, and one grand prizewinner received $25,000 to help accelerate the development of the marine energy sector.

March 20, 2020

2020 Industry Growth Forum to Go on — Now in a Virtual Format

In light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NREL has changed the format of the 2020 Industry Growth Forum to an entirely virtual event.

March 18, 2020

NREL’s Industry Growth Forum Celebrates 25 Years

What does it take to grow the clean energy industry long-term? Former director Charlie Gay was there at the beginning – and is returning to keynote the IGF’s 25th forum. Check out the list of 40 new presenting companies, posted here.

March 3, 2020

News Release: NREL Industry Growth Forum Announces 2020 Presenting Start-Ups

More than 500 cleantech investors, entrepreneurs, and industry representatives are expected to attend this year's Industry Growth Forum, April 29-30, in Denver, Colorado. Among them will be 40 of the most promising start-up companies from the United States and countries around the world.


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