Build 4 Scale Pilot Class Announcement

B4S Course

Date TBA



Developing clean energy products often requires navigating complex manufacturing processes and supply chains. Yet entrepreneurs often lack the experience and knowledge required to do so. Build4Scale will train cleantech entrepreneurs on the fundamentals of manufacturing, providing them with the tools and information they need to they need to bring their promising energy solutions to market. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) and DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Technology-to-Market (T2M) programs aim to increase U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing clean energy technologies and bring new innovative technologies to market.

This one-day class intends to teach the elements of clean energy technology scaling and commercialization. The class will touch upon the following elements:

  1. Manufacturing Assessment
  2. Detailed Design Package
  3. Design for Manufacturing and Assembly and Testing
  4. Beta Prototype and Test Plan
  5. Partnerships, Supply Chain, and Distribution
  6. Regulation, Certification, and Quality Plan
  7. Sustaining Quality and Warranty

The goal is to provide an overview of various commercialization aspects in an environment that continually refines the course to address attendees needs and prevailing and new market conditions.

The course will be taught by Dr. Jeremy Theil (, an expert in technology commercialization for advanced materials especially in the fields of clean energy and semiconductors. He has successfully lead development programs ranging in scope from applied R&D, through high-volume manufacturing at companies such as First Solar, Hewlett-Packard, Alta Devices, and Quantumscape. He has also worked in a variety of business situations including small-scale start ups, large-corporate R&D, business transformations, and university collaborations.

The class and handouts are free. However due to limited facilities, registration confirmation is required to attend the class on a first come, first served basis.

If interested in attending the class, please apply here: Class Registration (Waiting List)

You will be notified in advance if you are accepted to attend. If you decide to not attend, please return to the registration page to cancel and make room for others.

If you would like to download a presentation providing an overview of the course click here. (Note: it is a 33MB file).