Through the second round of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Vouchers Pilot, eight small businesses have been awarded vouchers, totaling $1.1 million, to work with Berkeley Lab to bring their next-generation clean energy to the marketplace faster. The vouchers pay for expertise and use of facilities that help small businesses advance their technologies toward commercialization. Several Biosciences partnerships were established: Mango Materials and Zymochem bioenergy projects were awarded vouchers to work with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU). Also, a Heliobiosys project will be performed using the capabilities of both the ABPDU and Sandia National Laboratories. The Lab was chosen by the DOE as one of five national laboratories to lead the pilot and was named a lead lab in the Advanced Manufacturing, Fuel Cells, Geothermal and Vehicle technology areas. Read more on the Berkeley Lab News Center.
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