For the past 20 years or more, the U.S. government has invested heavily in the development of advanced battery technology through a variety of agencies, departments and national laboratories. While many bemoan the loss of manufacturing batteries based on those technologies to companies located outside the United States, it is undisputed that the United States has led the world in developing the technologies themselves within laboratories located in the United States.

The NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference on March 14-16, 2017, will feature a new program designed to highlight the remarkable technologies developed with U.S. taxpayer dollars.  The Federal Battery Technology Licensing Forum, which will be held during the meeting on March 15, will feature a series of federal agencies and laboratories talking about the technologies they have developed that remain available for license by companies in the private sector.

Participating agencies and laboratories are expected to include:  Argonne National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NASA, Idaho National Laboratory, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NREL, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

There is nothing secret about the technologies that will be presented at the Forum. Many companies already have relationships with individual labs and agencies and have licensed technology from them in the past.  But never before have all the major federal owners of battery technology come together in one place and at one time to give the private sector the opportunity to see the “Best of the Best” in battery technology.

NAATBatt is thrilled at the opportunity to host this event. In a time where private companies are looking to enhance their competitive edges and federal agencies are under increasing pressure to commercialize their technologies and work with more the private sector, the Federal Battery Technology Licensing Forum could not come at a better time.  NAATBatt International, whose mission is to encourage the development and commercialization of new battery technology, hopes this will become an important annual event for the battery industry.

For more information about the Forum and about the NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference, go to: http://naatbatt.org/naatbatt-2017-annual-meeting-conference/.