U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Advanced Manufacturing Office – Industrial Distributed Energy

Regional Partnerships Target Technology Commercialization, Job Growth

October 19, 2011

Photo of two men working in a lab.

Dr. Thomas O’Neal of the University of Central Florida at Optigrate, a manufacturer of optical electronic components.
Credit:DOE

A project aimed at spurring growth in clean technologies—the Igniting Innovation Cleantech Acceleration Network—is helping to support the economically depressed area surrounding Orlando, Florida, by providing an extensive network of resources for entrepreneurs.

It's one of three partnerships DOE selected for funding as part of the i6 Green Challenge, which is a $12 million initiative that rewards innovative, groundbreaking ideas that enable technology commercialization, job creation, and economic growth. The i6 Green Challenge builds on the success of the Obama Administration's i6 Challenge, and more specifically targets the clean energy technology markets of the 21st century.

"America's economy depends on both innovation and commercialization," U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra said. "These six proof-of-concept centers will help to accelerate the commercialization of products based on exciting new research and support the development of green jobs in regions across the country." See the Energy Blog post.