New Approaches to Energy Hardware Innovation and Incubation

David Garfield, Katherine Moore, Richard Adams

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Leadership in energy innovation depends on the ability of entrepreneurs to develop and successfully bring innovative technology solutions to market. In the past five years, novel approaches have emerged to support the early-stage cleantech development of physical systems, improving the path from invention to scale-up in the marketplace. Building on a Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) white paper from 2016, we provide additional details, updates on progress, and analyses of these maturing programs and organizations, as well as discuss several new initiatives that have been created since 2016. These enterprises differ from traditional business incubators both in their commercializa- tion methodologies and in the combined resources leveraged from founding organizations and partners. This paper provides a general landscape of these innovative programs and begins to identify metrics of success to help quantify the impact of these various approaches.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 2019

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/MP-6A65-73438


  • accelerators
  • clean energy entrepreneurship
  • energy innovation
  • incubators


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