NNSA researchers garnered 15 awards for some of the top industrial inventions worldwide in 2016, as determined by R&D Magazine, which presents the awards--dubbed the “Oscars of invention”--annually to honor the year’s 100 most innovative technologies. This year’s ceremony took place on November 3 at the Gaylord Convention Center near Washington, D.C.
Award recipients are selected by an independent panel of more than 70 judges. The multiple honors bestowed on the nation’s nuclear laboratories demonstrate NNSA’s excellence in advancing national security and science.
Out of NNSA’s laboratories this year emerged 12 technologies named among the best 100 inventions in 2016, after competing “against other new technologies in open competition,” according to R&D Magazine. Three technologies also took home special recognition awards.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
Sandia National Laboratory (Sandia)
Stress-induced Fabrication of Functionally Designed Nanomaterials enables the production of new materials with better performance and structure control while reducing costs, improving manufacturability, and minimizing environmental and safety concerns. This advanced manufacturing technique could enable novel microelectronics and sensors for future national security applications, including NNSA’s Life Extension Programs and radiographic diagnostics.
The Falling Particle Receiver enables concentrated solar energy with thermal storage for on-demand electricity production, heating, and thermochemical processing at higher efficiencies and lower costs. The invention is the world’s first continually recirculating high-temperature falling particle receiver for concentrating solar power.
Two R&D 100 winners were the result of collaborative efforts that included several NNSA labs: