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Focus

CERN technology for Large Hadron Collider to evolve from computing Grid to scientific Cloud ...

Quantum computing

Purdue professor selected to establish Station Q Purdue, part of Microsoft Station Q ...

Top international award for UNSW Australia quantum computing chief ...

D-Wave Systems to organize Quantum Computing Seminar at ISC16 ...

New device steps toward isolating single electrons for quantum computing ...

Dartmouth team creates new method to control quantum systems ...

Focus on Europe

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias will participate in new European SUNDIAL network ...

Discover how digital technology impacts scientific practice ...

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2016 to issue Call for Papers ...

Middleware

Cray Urika-GX system harnesses supercomputing performance to tackle Big Data analytics ...

Hardware

Cavium announces ThunderX2 ...

Gigantic ultrafast spin currents ...

Introducing the AMD FirePro S7100X, the industry’s first and only hardware-virtualized GPU for blade servers ...

STULZ USA announces strategic investment and commercial partnership with CoolIT Systems ...

Made-in-India supercomputers by August 2017 under govt's Rs 4,500-crore National Supercomputing Mission ...

Applications

KIT brings outstanding experimental physicist back to Germany ...

NOAA's premier forecast model goes 4D ...

Argonne launches first tech incubator ...

Current atmospheric models underestimate the dirtiness of Arctic air ...

The Cloud

FleetCor adopts IBM Cloud to help businesses stay in the fast lane ...

EnerTech of Kuwait Investment Authority selects Cloud-based analytics service from IBM and Waterfund for insights into water costs ...

IBM offers Watson services on Twilio marketplace ...

Argonne launches first tech incubator


Those who are selected for the Chain Reaction Innovations programme will gain, among other things, rare access to Argonne National Laboratory's world-class R&D infrastructure and technical expertise, as well as connections to the Midwest's rich network of business mentors and investors.
24 May 2016 Argonne - Developing transformative energy technologies and cleaner manufacturing processes and new materials requires more than a great idea and some committed people. It takes an innovation ecosystem. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Argonne National Laboratory have launched a new innovation accelerator programme for science and energy entrepreneurs called Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI).

The commercialization of complex science and energy technologies requires hefty capital investment, access to world-leading scientific tools and facilities and lengthy development timescales beyond the typical software start-up and venture capital models. To help entrepreneurs bridge this commercialization valley of death, CRI will support cutting-edge innovators to work on early-stage technologies that can deliver game-changing impact to the energy industry.

Selected innovators will benefit from up to a two-year engagement, including a fellowship, seed funding for technical collaboration with the laboratory, access to space at Argonne, guidance in using the R&D tools and expertise housed there and connections to the Midwest's rich network of business mentors and investors.

CRI is one of EERE's Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programmes (LEEP), sponsored by EERE's Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). LEEP, which is modelled on a successful pilot project between AMO and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) called Cyclotron Road, provides innovators the mentorship and technical support needed to advance challenging science and clean energy technologies to the proof-of-concept stage where they can launch into the marketplace. Embedding innovators in the national laboratory environment, with unparalleled R&D infrastructure and world-class technical expertise, allows innovators to build technologies that are otherwise too early or uncertain for venture capital to support.

"Clean energy is this generation's defining opportunity", stated Dr. David Danielson, assistant secretary for EERE. "It has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people worldwide and forever change the way we live."

"But our most promising innovators face significant challenges in getting the resources and support they need to create cutting-edge clean energy startups, especially when it comes to developing physical science based technologies. They increasingly are choosing to create software start-ups or direct their talents elsewhere. If we don't rally behind them as a nation, I fear we risk a 'lost generation' of early-stage clean energy technology entrepreneurs. With this initiative, we are giving our best and brightest the support needed to tackle our nation's greatest energy challenges and change the world."

Launching CRI at Argonne enables startups to leverage the unique collection of manufacturing hubs, Fortune 500 companies, research universities and innovation incubators and accelerators found in Chicago and the surrounding states.

"This launch of Chain Reaction Innovations should rally local innovators to pull together their boldest vision and greatest dreams", stated AMO Director Mark Johnson. "A similar programme called Cyclotron Road has had tremendous success at Berkeley National Laboratory in growing energy-focused start-ups and leveraging national laboratory expertise. We expect to transplant that same success to the Midwest because Argonne is a tremendous resource to be unlocked for would-be entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams in accelerating the creation of transformative products focused on energy, manufacturing and sustainability."

"Argonne and Chicago sit at the heart of one of our nation's greatest concentrations of research institutions, an industrial base that is driving clean tech and advanced manufacturing and a population that embraces innovation", stated Argonne Laboratory Director Peter Littlewood. "This is a fertile ecosystem in which to grow the nation's next game-changing energy or material-based technology."

Chain Reaction Innovations will provide innovators access to Argonne's deep network of 1,400 multidisciplinary researchers and engineers as well as unique tools, including the Mira supercomputer and the nation's highest-energy X-ray source, the Advanced Photon Source. Through a partnership with mentor organisations, CRI participants will also receive assistance with developing business strategies, conducting market research and finding long-term financing and commercial partners.

Interested innovators should sign up starting at the Chain Reaction Innovations web page to be notified when the application process opens later this summer.

Source: Argonne National Laboratory

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Primeur weekly 2016-05-30

Focus

CERN technology for Large Hadron Collider to evolve from computing Grid to scientific Cloud ...

Quantum computing

Purdue professor selected to establish Station Q Purdue, part of Microsoft Station Q ...

Top international award for UNSW Australia quantum computing chief ...

D-Wave Systems to organize Quantum Computing Seminar at ISC16 ...

New device steps toward isolating single electrons for quantum computing ...

Dartmouth team creates new method to control quantum systems ...

Focus on Europe

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias will participate in new European SUNDIAL network ...

Discover how digital technology impacts scientific practice ...

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2016 to issue Call for Papers ...

Middleware

Cray Urika-GX system harnesses supercomputing performance to tackle Big Data analytics ...

Hardware

Cavium announces ThunderX2 ...

Gigantic ultrafast spin currents ...

Introducing the AMD FirePro S7100X, the industry’s first and only hardware-virtualized GPU for blade servers ...

STULZ USA announces strategic investment and commercial partnership with CoolIT Systems ...

Made-in-India supercomputers by August 2017 under govt's Rs 4,500-crore National Supercomputing Mission ...

Applications

KIT brings outstanding experimental physicist back to Germany ...

NOAA's premier forecast model goes 4D ...

Argonne launches first tech incubator ...

Current atmospheric models underestimate the dirtiness of Arctic air ...

The Cloud

FleetCor adopts IBM Cloud to help businesses stay in the fast lane ...

EnerTech of Kuwait Investment Authority selects Cloud-based analytics service from IBM and Waterfund for insights into water costs ...

IBM offers Watson services on Twilio marketplace ...