Technology Days

Better Plants is helping industry boost their productivity through adoption of energy technology researched and developed at the 17 National U.S. Laboratories. At Technology Days, industrial energy and R&D staff have the unique opportunity to:

  • TOUR state-of-the-art facilities at National Labs;
  • VIEW first-hand demonstrations of innovative technologies under development;
  • HEAR from experts from the Lab and industry;
  • LEARN how to easily leverage research and technologies through lab-industry partnerships; and,
  • NETWORK with lab technologists and other Better Plants partners and thought-leaders from the industrial sector.

Technology Days aim to expose Better Plants partners to the various early-stage technologies best positioned to enable American industrial competitiveness and innovation. Additionally, the event highlights the lab resources and expertise that companies can access to tackle challenging industry problems.

At Technology Days 2017, partners gathered at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the largest National Lab by both surface and budget, while Technology Days 2018 was held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the nation’s primary lab for energy efficiency and renewable energy-research and development. Technology Days have inspired several discussions between Better Plants partners and the Labs about R&D collaboration!

“Working directly with our National Labs has sparked innovation that allows us to compete with companies around the globe" said Roger England, Director of Materials Engineering and Technology at Cummins Inc, after Technology Days 2017. “There are a lot of really smart people at [the Labs], and when you hang around smart people you only get smarter.”

 INTERESTED IN HEARING MORE ABOUT TECHNOLOGY DAYS OR COLLABORATING WITH THE NATIONAL LABS EVEN IF YOU CAN’T MAKE ONE OF THE EVENTS? CONTACT US AT BETTERPLANTS@EE.DOE.GOV

From top left to bottom right [photos are from the 2018 Technology Days at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)]: Participants tour the Integrated Biorefinery Research Center; wind turbines at the National Wind Technology Center; a look at an interactive, 3D visualization of wind patterns at the Energy System Integration Facility-Insight Center; the Peregrine supercomputer; NREL's Systems Performance Laboratory; a wind turbine blade at the Composites Manufacturing Education and Technology Facility.

The top Banner also depicts 2018 Technology Days participants on tour at NREL.