Energy Discovery-Innovation Institutes
The quest for clean and green energy is generating a lot of interesting ideas and policy proposals. The latest comes from a group of researchers affiliated with the Brookings Institution that recommend the creation of a nationwide series of Energy-Discovery Innovation Institutes.
The institutes would serve as regional hubs for a network linking the nation’s best engineers, scientists, and facilities. Each hub would compete to receive Federal funds (up to $200 million per year) and would specialize around key theme or research focus, such as solar or wind power. Each hub would be located at a major university, a Federal lab, or a satellite research center. In addition to spurring regional development, the centers would be linked into a national network that would enhance collaboration and build important cross-sector partnerships.
Report: “Energy Discovery-Innovation Institutes: A Step Toward America’s Energy Sustainability" from the Brookings Institution.