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Roundtable on the DOE Quadrennial Technology Review, Sep 29

DOE Under Secretary Steve Koonin will be visiting UC Berkeley the morning of September 29th to host a discussion of the Department of Energy’s soon to be released report of the Quadrennial Technology Review, down loadable copies of which should be available tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th.

Recommended by the President’s Council on Science & Technology, the DOE’s Quadrennial Technology Review is a significant document that establishes a framework for prioritizing DOE’s research and development across energy technologies for the next four years.

The Review finds that DOE should give greater emphasis to the transport sector relative to the stationary sector. Among the transport strategies, DOE will devote its greatest effort to electrification of the vehicle fleet, a sweet spot for pre-competitive DOE R&D. Within the stationary heat and power sector, the QTR finds that DOE should increase emphasis on efficiency and understanding the grid. Finally, it highlights the need for DOE to develop stronger, more integrated policy, economics, and technical analysis of its research and development activities.

A round table discussion involving a group of stakeholders will kick off the event. During the latter part of the discussion, Under Secretary Koonin will take questions from the audience. We are very much hoping that you will join us Thursday morning for this important conversation.