“Through America’s Next Top Energy Innovator, we are allowing brilliant ideas to fully develop and giving startup companies the opportunity to bring inventions from our national laboratories to the market,” says Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

DOE-SealThe America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge, a part of the Startup America Initiative, makes it easier for start-ups to use inventions and technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex.

(Special Note: Five of the highlighted technologies were developed in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, at either Oak Ridge National Laboratory or Y-12 National Security Complex.)

The competing companies have signed option agreements allowing them to license valuable, cutting-edge technologies from one of the facilities.

Check out the profiles of the start-ups and cast your vote by ‘liking’ the company you think could make the greatest contributions to the country’s economic and energy future. You may ‘like’ more than one company. Your ‘likes’ will help determine which companies are selected to attend the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, the premier annual gathering of clean energy investors and innovators around the country.

Voting closes Monday, February 6, at 8:59 a.m. EST.

Click here to view the innovators and vote.
Click here to read the press release.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy
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