SBV is a public-private partnership that connects clean energy innovators across the country with top-notch scientists, engineers and world-class facilities at national laboratories. The initiative aims to increase the access of small businesses to national laboratory expertise and technology that may otherwise be out of reach to them. Its goals are to help small businesses bring new products to market faster, grow the clean energy sector, and strengthen America’s leadership role in clean energy innovation.
In a recent energy.gov article, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson said: “This effort, which is part of my office’s larger Lab Impact Initiative, will help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to the market faster by unleashing the vast science and engineering capabilities of the Energy Department’s national laboratories to solve small businesses’ most pressing challenges.”
The five DOE labs selected to lead the $20 million pilot include: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Vouchers range from $50,000 to $300,000 per small business and can be used to access technical assistance or to initiate collaborative research projects with the labs. The labs will offer assistance in these nine key advanced energy fields:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Building Technologies
- Fuel Cells
- Geothermal Power
- Solar Power
- Water Power
- Wind Power
For more information, check out this presentation from a webinar held 10/1/15.
Small businesses (less than 500 employees) must apply to be considered for assistance. Eligibility requirements for the SBV program, as well as more information and instructions on how to apply, can be found on the SBV website. Applications may be submitted beginning February 1, 2016. The deadline to apply for this round of funding is March 1, 2016, 5 pm EST. One more opportunity to apply is expected later in 2016, pending available funding.