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Rep. Eric Swalwell Applauds Partnership Between Sandia National Laboratories and Cool Earth Solar

Rep. Swalwell says the collaboration is an example of the private-sector and government working together to reduce the country's dependence of foreign oil.

From Rep. Eric Swalwell's Office

Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15) attended the announcement of the public-private partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Livermore-based solar energy company Cool Earth Solar on in Livermore on Wednesday.

The five-year agreement will pioneer the company’s unique solar energy technology at Sandia’s Livermore Valley Open Campus, which brings academia and business together with researchers from the national laboratories to work on today’s biggest science and engineering problems. Swalwell serves as the Ranking Member on the Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy.

Sandia researchers with the Laboratory’s Solar Energy Program will test and help bring to market Cool Earth Solar’s innovative technology, which uses cheaper and fewer materials to capture solar energy so it is more affordable and accessible to the public.

Their equipment uses less than half the materials in terms of weight and mass to capture the same amount of solar energy as more traditional solar equipment, and an inexpensive thin-film plastic as the core material for its equipment to reduce cost.

“I’m proud to join Sandia and Cool Earth Solar to celebrate their first-ever public-private partnership,” Swalwell said. “This collaboration is a perfect example of how the government and private sector can work together to help us lead the world in the search for better, safer, more affordable energy and in turn, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and grow our national economy.”

"Sandia's partnership with Cool Earth Solar shows that the labs are looking for new ways of doing business and collaborating with external entities," said Andy McIlroy, Sandia's senior manager for the open campus site's development efforts. "It demonstrates that we're open to win-win opportunities that meet our national security mission and, at the same time, help our partners to move forward with technology that makes the world a better place."

Congressman Swalwell was joined at the event by Dr. Steve Rottler, Vice President of Sandia’s Science and Technology Research Foundations Division, Rob Lamkin, CEO of Cool Earth Solar, Kish Rajan, Director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development and Livermore Mayor John Marchand.

“We can’t drill our way out of our energy problems, we need to innovate our way out," Swalwell said. "The renewable energy research performed at the Livermore Valley Open Campus is a step forward towards enabling us to meet our energy needs while being responsible stewards of our planet.”

Let us know what you think of the partnership in our comments section.

Californicated1 February 21, 2013 at 04:30 PM
...And the constant selling of Eric Swalwell to his constituents continues. Sorry, but I'm not buying what's being advertised, here. Hopefully 2014's election will have Livermore re-districted back out of CD-15 and that Livermore voters will have a better choice of candidates, including one that is actually FROM Livermore and knows the problems that we face day-in-and-day-out. In the meantime, it doesn't matter how much lipstick one can put on a pig, it's still a pig, not to infer that Mr. Swalwell is a pig, but that the constant selling of this person is just "noise" at this point and that the longer it goes on, the more likely the voters will tune him out.
Paisley February 21, 2013 at 08:07 PM
See - I would have worded it differently. This is a boondoggle. Not one of these companies have made a profit. I defy you to find one. This is just stealth nationalization of an industry. So the taxpayers don't catch on ya know. It's one thing to help fund promising technology - but it is yet another to fund a whole sector losing money hand over fist since inception. From wikipedia- The term "boondoggle" may also be used to refer to protracted government or corporate projects involving large numbers of people and usually heavy expenditure, where at some point, the key operators, having realized that the project will never work, are still reluctant to bring this to the attention of their superiors. Generally there is an aspect of "going through the motions" – for example, continuing research and development – as long as funds are available to keep paying the researchers' and executives' salaries.
Roger V. Tranfaglia February 25, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Just as long as "B.OB." doesn't visit the company they should do well!

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