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Technology Days

Better Plants is helping industry boost their productivity through the adoption of energy technology researched and developed at the 17 National U.S. Laboratories.

Manufacturers are invited to attend Technology Days 2024 on February 7-8, 2024. This year it will take place at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Partners will learn about new technology innovation, lab resources, and opportunities for R&D collaboration that can help decarbonize facilities and boost manufacturing competitiveness. Partners will also have the chance to hear from Innovation Crossroads, ORNL’s node of the Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program, and tour state-of-the-art facilities at ORNL including the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

Book by January 18, 2024, at the GSA Rate at Embassy Suites by Hilton located at 9621 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN  37922. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the event and back to the hotel daily and on the last day to the Airport.  

To register for this year's Technology Days, click the link below. Registration closes on February 1. To view this year's agenda, please click the link below. 

      

What are Technology Days?

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 aims to expose manufacturers 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. Technology Days have inspired several discussions between manufacturers and the Labs about R&D collaboration!

 

Why does Better Plants Host Technology Days?

Technology Days aim to expose manufacturers to the various early-to-mid-stage technologies best positioned to enable American industrial competitiveness, innovation, and emissions reduction. Additionally, the events highlight laboratory resources and expertise that companies can access to tackle challenging industry problems. Technology Days have inspired several past discussions between manufacturers and national laboratories about R&D collaboration. 

Who should attend?

Representatives from manufacturers with responsibilities related to industrial energy use, emissions reduction, climate resilience, and/or research and development.

“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

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT PREVIOUS TECHNOLOGY DAYS:

 

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.