WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Department of Energy researchers have won 39 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. The coveted awards are presented annually in recognition of exceptional new products, processes, materials or software developed throughout the world and introduced into the market the previous year.
"I want to congratulate all of this year's winners on their awards and thank them for their work," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. "The large number of winners from the Department of Energy's national labs every year is a clear sign that our labs are doing some of the most innovative research in the world. This work benefits us all by enhancing America's competitiveness, ensuring our security, providing new energy solutions and expanding the frontiers of our knowledge. Our national labs are truly national treasures, and it is wonderful to see their work recognized once again."
These awards highlight some of the successes made by the Department's national laboratories in technology transfer, moving basic research results into commercial products.
Since 1962, when R&D Magazine's annual competition began, the Department has received more than 800 R&D 100 awards in areas such as energy, national security and basic scientific applications. This year, scientists and engineers from 11 of the 17 DOE National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex received awards.
R&D 100 awards are selected by an independent panel of judges based on the technical significance, uniqueness and usefulness of projects and technologies from across industry, government and academia. View the complete list of R&D 100 awards .
A list of DOE's winning sites, technologies and corresponding press releases follows:
Ames Laboratory (Ames, Iowa)
Read more about this project in the press release Ames Laboratory Wins R&D 100 Award For 3-D Virtual Simulation Software .
Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.)
Read more about these projects in the press release Argonne wins two R&D 100 awards for breakthroughs in protein crystallography and nanotechnology research .
Idaho National Laboratory (Idaho Falls, Idaho)
Read more about these projects in the press release INL nominates energy, medicine, optics technologies for R&D 100 Awards .
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, Calif.)
Read more about these projects in the press release Berkeley Lab Wins Four 2010 R&D 100 Awards .
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, Calif.)
Read more about these projects in the press release LLNL scientists and engineers capture six awards for top industrial innovations .
Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, N.M.)
Read more about these projects in the press release Lab captures five R&D100 awards for 2010 .
National Energy Technology Laboratory (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Read more about these projects in the press release NETL Technologies Garner R&D 100 Awards .
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colo.)
Read more about these projects in the press release NREL Solar Research Garners Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards .
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tenn.)
Read more about these projects in the press release ORNL researchers win eight R&D 100 awards .
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, Wash.)
Read more about these projects in the press release PNNL scientists win four R&D 100 awards for environment, biology, security technologies .
Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Read more about these projects in the press release Sandia wins four R&D 100 Awards in wide-ranging display of expertise .
Y-12 National Security Complex (Oak Ridge, Tenn.)
The U.S. Department of Energy's 17 world-class national laboratories are working to uncover future scientific breakthroughs to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time, including energy and the environment, national security and American competitiveness. For more information about DOE-supported technologies and the R&D 100 awards, visit the Office of Science's R&D 100 Awards page .