LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, March 14, 2012—Innovative water and energy technologies created by U.S. scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) now have a new development option for bringing their inventions to market. Today, New Mexico-based IX Power LLC signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Laboratory for commercializing new water and energy technologies.
“Los Alamos has fostered numerous important inventions that have had a positive impact on our economy and our planet,” said IX Power CEO John R. Grizz Deal. “This CRADA will improve the efficiency with which we continue that work and open more doors for LANL technologies to have an even larger impact on the way the U.S., and even the rest of the world, ensuring clean water and clean power for future generations.”
Some of the projects that will be immediately affected and propelled at LANL by the signing of the CRADA include new technologies for cleaning “produced water” from the oil and gas industry, planning tools for improving power grids and introducing alternative energy systems, and modeling tools for human resource development and management at nuclear and other types of power plants.
“Our Laboratory is proud to begin a partnership with IX Power,” said Los Alamos Technology Transfer Division Leader David Pesiri.
“This is a team with a strong track record in the business world and a demonstrated talent for building value from national laboratory technologies. Our team is particularly pleased with this company’s emphasis on domestic technology solutions in the areas of water, power grid and alternative energy,” Pesiri said.
CRADA’s are government agreements that allow federal laboratories to work with private U.S. companies to help commercialize federally developed technology. This ability to pool and optimize resources with private industry was created with the passing of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Transfer Act of 1980 and its amendment the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986.
About Los Alamos National Laboratory (www.lanl.gov)
Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, a team composed of Bechtel National, the University of California, The Babcock & Wilcox Company, and URS for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.
About IX Power LLC
The founders of IX Power, comprised of John Grizz Deal, Randall Wilson, L. Robert Libutti, Otis “Pete” Peterson, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell, are most famous for their commercialization of a revolutionary nuclear power reactor from LANL that is safe and small enough to be transported on the back of a truck. Today, under their new company IX Power, their interests have been expanded to include every type of clean energy technology — wind, solar, bio fuels, geothermal, and nuclear. The objective of IX Power’s activities is to assist evolving economies in identifying and establishing the most appropriate clean technology, or mix of technologies, to fit their specific and unique community needs. In the next two years, IX Power is specifically working to provide solutions in power and clean water plant design, power distribution and grid planning, plant monitoring, plant optimization, and disaster planning for beyond design basis incidents. The company is based in Los Alamos, New Mexico with offices in Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; and London, England.
LANL Contact: Nancy Ambrosiano, 505-667-0471, nwalanlgov
IX Power Contact: Deborah Blackwell, APR, 505-661-1000, ext. 902, Deborahixpowerfoundationorg