skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: The Energy-Related Inventions Program: A decade of commercial progress

Abstract

This report provides information on the recent commercial progress of inventions supported by the US Department of Energy's Energy-Related Inventions Programs (ERIP). It describes the results of the latest in a series of ERIP evaluation projects that have been completed since 1980. It focuses on the economic impacts of the program, notably sales and employment benefits. The period of interest is 1980 through 1990. The evaluation is based on data collected through mail and telephone surveying of 143 participants in the Program. As of October 1989, a total of 486 inventions were recommended to DOE by the National Institute for Standards and Technology, which screens all submitted inventions in terms of technical merit, potential for commercial success, and potential energy impact. By the end of 1990, at least 109 of these inventions had entered the market, generating total cumulative sales of more than $500 million. With $25.7 million in grants awarded from 1975 through 1990, and $63.1 million in program appropriations over the same period, ERIP has generated a 20:1 return in terms of sales values to grants, and an 8:1 return in sales versus program appropriations. It is estimated that 25% of all ERIP inventions had achieved sales bymore » the end of 1990. While it is difficult to make exact comparisons between these percentages and other indicators of the success rates of technological innovations as a whole, the ERIP figures remain impressive. The commercial progress of spin-off technologies is also documented.« less

Authors:
;  [1];  [2]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)
  2. Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
5959241
Report Number(s):
ORNL/CON-339
ON: DE92007784
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; ENERGY; INVENTIONS; COMMERCIALIZATION; ENERGY CONSERVATION; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; EVALUATION; FINANCING; GRANTS; MANAGEMENT; MARKETING; PERFORMANCE; PROGRESS REPORT; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; SALES; SMALL BUSINESSES; SURVEYS; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; BUSINESS; DOCUMENT TYPES; EFFICIENCY; 290500* - Energy Planning & Policy- Research, Development, Demonstration, & Commercialization

Citation Formats

Brown, M A, Franchuk, C A, and Wilson, C R. The Energy-Related Inventions Program: A decade of commercial progress. United States: N. p., 1991. Web. doi:10.2172/5959241.
Brown, M A, Franchuk, C A, & Wilson, C R. The Energy-Related Inventions Program: A decade of commercial progress. United States. doi:10.2172/5959241.
Brown, M A, Franchuk, C A, and Wilson, C R. Sun . "The Energy-Related Inventions Program: A decade of commercial progress". United States. doi:10.2172/5959241. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5959241.
@article{osti_5959241,
title = {The Energy-Related Inventions Program: A decade of commercial progress},
author = {Brown, M A and Franchuk, C A and Wilson, C R},
abstractNote = {This report provides information on the recent commercial progress of inventions supported by the US Department of Energy's Energy-Related Inventions Programs (ERIP). It describes the results of the latest in a series of ERIP evaluation projects that have been completed since 1980. It focuses on the economic impacts of the program, notably sales and employment benefits. The period of interest is 1980 through 1990. The evaluation is based on data collected through mail and telephone surveying of 143 participants in the Program. As of October 1989, a total of 486 inventions were recommended to DOE by the National Institute for Standards and Technology, which screens all submitted inventions in terms of technical merit, potential for commercial success, and potential energy impact. By the end of 1990, at least 109 of these inventions had entered the market, generating total cumulative sales of more than $500 million. With $25.7 million in grants awarded from 1975 through 1990, and $63.1 million in program appropriations over the same period, ERIP has generated a 20:1 return in terms of sales values to grants, and an 8:1 return in sales versus program appropriations. It is estimated that 25% of all ERIP inventions had achieved sales by the end of 1990. While it is difficult to make exact comparisons between these percentages and other indicators of the success rates of technological innovations as a whole, the ERIP figures remain impressive. The commercial progress of spin-off technologies is also documented.},
doi = {10.2172/5959241},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1991},
month = {12}
}