Global Development Policy Opens
Department of Energy
Non-governmental and Non-profit
To reduce the amount of firewood Darfur refugees need, Berkeley Lab scientist Ashok Gadgil and colleagues modified an existing cookstove design to create one that is 75 percent more energy-efficient than the three-stone stove traditionally used in Darfur, and is appropriate to the environmental conditions and food preferences of the local inhabitants. | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The technology to improve access to fuel, electricity, and clean water for some of the world's poorest people may already be in the patent portfolios of Department of Energy national labs. The challenge, however, can be finding dedicated organizations willing to develop the technology and bring it to market, which can mean bringing energy technology to the most remote parts of the world.As part of President Obama's Global Development Policy, a new licensing agreement opens a number of DOE patents to qualified non-governmental and non-profit organizations. Just as was offered to innovative startups with America's Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge, selected organizations only pay an upfront fee of $2,000 and a royalty of up to 2% of gross sales of licensed products. Read more.
-This article was provided by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.-