September 23, 1999

Jeff Sherwood, 202/586-5806

DOE-Funded Work Wins
43 of 100 Top R&D Magazine Honors

Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson today announced that Department of Energy-funded (DOE) researchers have won 43 of the 100 awards given this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with commercial potential. Their work ranges from a biochip that rapidly detects diseases to a heat engine that uses sound waves to power refrigerators.

"These awards are both a tribute to the impressive creativity of the scientists and engineers at our national labs that made these technologies possible and recognition of the practical contributions that Department of Energy research makes to the country," Secretary Richardson said.

Under Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz met with the winners on behalf of Secretary Richardson this afternoon before the awards ceremony this evening at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

This year's awards are the largest number ever won by the Energy Department or any other organization in the history of the awards. The awards bring the department's cumulative total to 529, the most by far of any single organization. The winning technologies were selected by an independent panel of some 70 experts and the editors of R&D Magazine.

The Department of Energy is a major research and development agency, funding $7 billion annually in fields such as physical sciences, engineering and environmental sciences. With over 800 cooperative research agreements with private sector firms, DOE is also a leading agency in technology partnerships with the private sector.

The researchers winning the R&D 100 Awards work at nine DOE laboratories across the country. Three of the awards were for research funded by DOE at companies and universities. Twenty-two of the awards are shared between the department's labs and companies or other research institutions. A list of the winning technologies and the laboratories associated with each award follows.

Department of Energy 1999 R&D 100 Award Winners

Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, Calif.)

Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, N.M.)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colo.)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tenn.)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, Wash.)

Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, N.M.)

Diversified Technologies Inc (Bedford, Mass.)

More information about the winning technologies is available from the laboratories' public affairs offices, the laboratories' World Wide Web home pages, or from

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