The Role of Department of Energy Field Offices in the Commercialization of Energy Technologies

by Thomas K. Glennan, Jr., Walter S. Baer, Phyllis L. Ellickson


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Describes contributions that Department of Energy (DOE) field offices can make to DOE commercialization efforts. Field offices have a number of comparative advantages over DOE headquarters in their knowledge of regional energy resources, energy markets, and industrial capabilities. With appropriate changes in staff and responsibilities, the field offices can manage technology programs to enhance their likelihood of commercial application. Longer term commercialization roles for the field offices include participation in R&D planning, relating national laboratory activities to user needs, and the implementation of commercialization programs. Continuing efforts to define the relative roles of headquarters and field units will be needed to strengthen the Department of Energy's commercialization capabilities.

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