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Technology to Market

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The Department of Energy’s Tech to Market, or T2M, subprogram is part of the Building Technologies Office Emerging Technologies Program. T2M pilots and evaluates innovative programs that eliminate common barriers promising technologies face along the pathway to market. 

ORNL’s Building Technologies Program supports the following T2M programs: 

JUMP into STEM – inspires the next generation of building scientists, focusing on creative ideation and diversity in the building science field by developing, managing, and supporting the JUMP into STEM college undergraduate and graduate student competitions. 

Annual final competition – winning students offered paid national laboratory summer internships. 

Industry partner visit program – brings together industry innovators, national laboratory, Department of Energy and interns for two days of connection, collaboration and ideation. 

iBUILD - Strengthens the pool of well-trained, diverse graduate student scholars who are equipped for research-intensive careers. IBUILD graduate fellowship provides research and educational support to conduct innovative, building science-related research at their home institution in an area with demonstrated relevance to decarbonization including new technologies in demand reduction and flexibility, grid response and resilience, and electrification for both new and existing buildings. 

Innovation Crossroads – Embeds the next generation of top technical talent within ORNL over a two-year period so that entrepreneurial researcher fellows can address fundamental energy and manufacturing challenges identified by industry. 

Success Story – Building technologies researchers at ORNL supported the development and manufacturing of raw material and characterization for hemp-based insulation. Heat air and moisture chambers at the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center at ORNL helped to understand system performance in wall assemblies.