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Labs & Expertise
Oregon BEST grows and focuses a statewide shared-user network of university researchers and lab facilities in two strategic areas:
Sustainable Built Environment Products and Services (performance assessment, energy systems and efficiency, green building materials, and building/community design)
Renewable Energy Generation (solar, biofuels/biomass, wind, wave, and geothermal)
Our charter is to make the state’s businesses globally competitive by transforming and commercializing university research into new companies, services, products, and jobs that power Oregon’s green economy.
NETWORK OF RESEARCHERS AND SHARED-USER FACILITIES
Oregon BEST's 200+ Member Faculty are international experts in sustainable built environment and renewable energy research.
The university labs and test facilities affiliated with our Member Faculty make up a multi-million-dollar, shared-user network of signature research facilities available to industry partners for collaboration.
The seven Oregon BEST Signature Research Facilities include:
- SuNRISE Photovoltaics Laboratory at the UO
- Oregon Process Innovation Center (OPIC) for Sustainable Solar Cell Manufacturing at OSU
- Green Building Materials Laboratory at OSU
- Green Building Research Laboratory at PSU
- infraStructure Testing and Applied Research (iSTAR) Laboratory at PSU
- Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory at the UO in Eugene and in Portland
- Facade Integrated Technologies (FIT) Testing Facility at the UO
In addition, Oregon BEST also leads the Sustainable Built Environment Research Consortium, a regional group of member firms, organizations, and researchers collaborating on applied research, development, and commercialization of sustainable technologies and services for the sustainable built environment.
OREGON BEST IN THE NEWS
Meet Our New Outreach & Engagement Mgr.12/03/2013
Gwenyth Barrow hired to help the regional cleantech community engage with Oregon BEST. More.
Meet our Four New Board Members11/26/2013
Oregon BEST adds Board members from industry, academia, and a national lab to leadership team. More.
Window Insert Maker Gets a Boost11/13/2013
Portland startup Indow Windows is getting a sales boost from paleo dieters who like to sleep in the dark. Read the Businessweek article.
Low-Energy Desalination System Advances10/31/2013
Oregon BEST grant helps startup team with OSU to advance desalination technology that could stem global water shortages. More.
Cutting Data Room Cooling Costs by 70%09/26/2013
An Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant helps Oregon co. partner with City of Gresham, OSU, PDC to test new cooling system. More.