Department of Energy Oversight: Energy Innovation Hubs, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 17, 2015   [open pdf - 5MB]

This is the June 17, 2015 hearing entitled "Department of Energy Oversight: Energy Innovation Hubs," held before the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman Randy Weber: "Good morning, and welcome to today's Energy Subcommittee hearing on the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Innovation Hubs. This hearing will establish Congressional oversight over the four existing Hubs, examining the costs and benefits of the Department's approach to collaborative research and development. DOE Energy Innovation Hubs are designed to coordinate research efforts across the Department, encouraging cooperation between researchers in basic science, applied energy, and engineering, and bringing together researchers from the national labs, academia, and industry into teams focused on solving critical energy challenges. With appropriate goals, benchmarks, and oversight, this kind of collaborative research and development is just plain old common sense. Through the national labs, the federal government has the expertise to conduct basic and applied research, while the private sector has the ability and the motivation to move the next-generation energy technology into the marketplace. The Department funds the four Energy Innovation Hubs at approximately $90 million per year. The existing Hubs are focused on a number of energy challenges including extending the life of nuclear power reactors, developing better and more powerful batteries, creating new materials for advanced energy technology, and mimicking the ability that plants have to create fuels from sunlight." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Harry A. Atwater, Jess Gehin, George Crabtree, and Alex King.

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