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Lipinski bill aims to turn research into clean energy innovations

Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, speaks with the Herald-News on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.
Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, speaks with the Herald-News on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski introduced a bill to help turn research conducted at national laboratories into clean energy initiatives.

The Energy Innovation Corps Act, H.R. 7934, will accelerate deployment of new technologies developed within the Department of Energy by requiring the the department to maintain and expand a pilot program which provides training to researchers, according to a news release.

“The research being conducted at our Department of Energy National Labs by world-class scientists and engineers has the potential to be turned into clean energy innovations and other innovative products and services, but many researchers need help in turning research findings into marketable products and services,” Lipinski, D-Western Springs, said in the release.

The bill authorizes $3 million for each fiscal year from 2021 to 2025 to continue training national laboratory researchers and allocates an additional $2 million each year for other energy researchers and entrepreneurs, including students.

Lipinski argued the training will provide resources to support more innovators. This support helps researchers rapidly transition their work into "commercializeable" products which meet public needs, according to the release.

Also the bill recommends that the Department of Energy coordinate with other federal scientific agencies that carry out similar entrepreneurial and commercial application training, like the National Science Foundation, to share best practices and successful curriculum.

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