LIVERMORE (KCBS)— The Bay Area is home to some of the fastest computers in the world. The super computers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have almost unfathomable computing speeds, ideal for spurring energy technology innovation.

A new pilot program aims to make some of those powerful computers available to energy businesses of all sizes.

The one-year pilot program called the HPC for Energy Incubator has the simple goal of enhancing U.S. competitiveness and pushing the development of advanced clean energy technologies forward and more effectively.

KCBS’ Jeff Bell Reports:

Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, deputy director for science and technology at Lawrence Livermore describes the super computers as “100 thousand to a million times faster than your home PC.”

He and his colleagues know first hand the power of high-performance computing to bring about major advances in any field.

De la Rubia said being able to physically simulate the potential performance of a new technology with a high-degree of reality is advantageous.

The lab has issued a call to energy businesses for proposals that address one of several critical clean energy research areas, including liquid fuels combustion.

“The ability to simulate the combustion process is very important to improve the efficiency of vehicles,” de la Rubia said.

He said the just-launched program is already attracting all kinds of interest from potential collaborators.

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