Fund aids commercialization efforts

Feb. 14, 2017- 
For three Lab engineers, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) commercialization fund has proven to be an oasis of assistance as they have sought to cross the legendary technology "valley of death."In technology transfer circles, there is a phase -- between when a technology is promising and when it moves forward into commercialization -- known as the "valley of death," beyond which...

LLNL wins three R&D 100 awards

Nov. 7, 2016- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have garnered three awards among the top 100 industrial inventions worldwide for 2016. The trade journal R&D Magazine announced the winners of its annual awards, sometimes called the "Oscars of invention," Thursday at the Gaylord Convention Center in Washington, D.C. With this year’s results, the Laboratory has now captured a total of 158 R&D...

Lab wins two regional FLC awards

Oct. 21, 2016- 
Two teams of LLNL scientists, supported by a Lab business development executive, have each received regional awards for technology transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC). This year's awards, one for technology work and the other for a partnership, were presented last month during the FLC's two-day Far West/Mid-Continent regional meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Started in...

LLNL to lead development of manufacturing training program for energy entrepreneurs

Sept. 29, 2016- 
The "valley of death" can make or break a startup enterprise due to the cost and time involved in getting from prototype to profitability. To help clean technology entrepreneurs and engineers navigate across the chasm and make it safely to the other side, the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) has announced the Build4Scale Manufacturing...

R&D 100 award finalists named for 2016

Aug. 15, 2016- 
Three technologies developed by LLNL researchers, and a fourth technology produced by a consortium of four national laboratories, including LLNL, and five universities have been tapped as finalists for the 2016 R&D 100 awards. The awards, sponsored by the trade journal R&D Magazine, are given annually for the top 100 industrial inventions worldwide and are sometimes called the "Oscars of...

Lab engineers garner DOE tech transfer awards

June 28, 2016- 
The Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the selection of two proposals from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers for grants under the department’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF), a program intended to help promising energy technologies move from national laboratories to the marketplace. DOE awarded LLNL engineer Brian Guidry a $432,000 grant for his...

LLNL's Lab-Corps cohort returns invigorated

May 31, 2016- 
The 2016 LLNL Lab-Corps cohort of researchers Yongqin Jiao, Tania Ryan, Suzanne Singer, and Michael Stadermann recently returned from in-depth entrepreneurial training at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Denver.An eight-week program that started in early March, the Lab-Corps national training teaches the process of moving high-impact, real-world technologies into the private sector...

Lawrence Livermore, NY company collaborate on power capacity for portable sensors

May 20, 2016- 
A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has begun collaborating with a New York company to improve its manufacturing process and increase the power source storage capacity of the firm’s portable sensors.Lab researchers are working with Ithaca, New York-based Widetronix under a $250,000 project financed by the Small Business Voucher (SBV) Pilot, a program launched...

National labs' 'Makers' to share their energy tech at the 'Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth'

May 13, 2016- 
LIVERMORE, California – Think. Make. Innovate. That’s what the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its national laboratories do every day. By doing so, they help change the world.DOE and its "Makers," including those at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), will be exhibiting at the 11th annual Bay Area Maker Faire, dubbed the "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth," May 20-22, at the...

Lab and DOE representatives meet with industry, academia to discuss investing in clean energy

May 5, 2016- 
Representatives from Lawrence Livermore and 10 other national laboratories met last Thursday with Department of Energy officials, investors and academic institutions for the inaugural Laboratory-Investor Knowledge Seminar (LINKS) to discuss strategies to better transfer clean energy technologies from the labs to the private sector.The event, held at Innovate Pleasanton and hosted by the...

Lab signs pact with Asian Inc. to develop minority-owned businesses

May 2, 2016- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has signed a continuing Strategic Collaboration Agreement with ASIAN, Inc., the non-profit organization that operates the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) San Francisco Center.The agreement enables both parties to tap into resources to help develop minority-owned businesses. The San Francisco MBDA Business Center (SFMBDA) is one of 44...

Innovation Tri-Valley dubs Lab a game changer

March 31, 2016- 
Citing the Lab as an "anchor of innovation" within the region, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was honored with the inaugural "Founder’s Award" by the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group on Wednesday.Congressman Eric Swalwell presented the award during the annual #GameChangers Awards for business and technology leaders who epitomize the spirit of Innovation Tri-Valley."The spirit of...

LabCorps tech moves toward commercialization

Jan. 13, 2016- 
Two technologies developed by LLNL and Sandia/California researchers who participated in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) LabCorps program are moving toward commercialization.Under the LabCorps program, the LLNL and Sandia scientists were members of teams that included an entrepreneurial lead and an industry mentor, and advanced the technologies in 2015."The purpose of the LabCorps program is...

Labs convene in DC to improve tech transfer

Nov. 10, 2015- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s success in moving technology to the marketplace took center stage at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. last week as senior Lab officials joined other national laboratories, White House officials and universities for the Forum on Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems to Federal and National Labs.The purpose of the daylong...

Lab hosts 'smart manufacturing' conference

Oct. 16, 2015- 
As industries worldwide undergo a sea change spurred by fast-moving technologies, how should society define manufacturing? And what are the best ways to improve the efficiency of emerging manufacturing processes?More than 60 representatives from the national labs, private industry, local counties and municipalities and universities met Thursday at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to...

3D-printing device wins tech-transfer award

Oct. 1, 2015- 
A 3D-printing device developed by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) optical engineer has garnered a 2015 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Far West Region Award for outstanding technology development.The award, given for the Large Area Projection Micro Stereolithography (LAPµSL) technology, was presented to Bryan Moran at the recent FLC Far West/Mid-Continent Region meeting in...

Harsh conditions can't contain researchers' efforts to test radiation detection systems

Sept. 21, 2015- 
Researchers from five laboratories and a private company recently spent two days in blistering 100 degree heat testing radiation detection technologies amidst cargo containers.The 15 researchers demonstrated the feasibility of using gamma-ray and neutron imaging detectors to identify radioactive materials using the Laboratory’s cargo container stack testbed."The purpose of our test was to...

LLNL researcher takes aim at solar-cell reliability

Sept. 16, 2015- 
A Lawrence Livermore National Lab engineer has been awarded $570,000 through the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to explore spectroscopic technology as a means of detecting moisture buildup in solar photovoltaic (PV) cells. Over the next two years, Mihail Bora, a Materials Engineering Division (MED) research team member at the Lab, will try to prove that spectral imaging can be used...

Lawrence Livermore proving to be a key player in Tri-Valley technology innovation ecosystem

Sept. 15, 2015- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is a key player in an emerging Tri-Valley technology innovation ecosystem that is attracting the attention of entrepreneurs around the country.Rich Rankin, director of LLNL’s Industrial Partnerships Office (IPO), likes to think of the innovation ecosystem as a baseball catcher’s mitt. When Rankin arrived from Idaho National Laboratory two years...

Lab, industry take charge of clean energy

Aug. 26, 2015- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory officials met with energy industry representatives Tuesday to discuss ways in which the two entities can work more closely.The event highlighted a public-private partnership to engage energy storage companies with LLNL’s world-class research capabilities and facilities through the CalCharge consortium.During a daylong open house, energy storage industry...