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DOE Announces $57 Million for Small Businesses to Support Technology Commercialization

September 15, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced $57 million, including nearly $11 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to support clean energy technology commercialization projects for 33 small businesses across the country. These projects, funded as part of the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Small Business Phase III Xlerator program, will help small businesses develop manufacturing processes to scale up production of their new, proven technologies, creating new markets and new jobs. Today's awards include funding for renewable energy resources, advanced vehicle technologies, industrial and building energy efficiency, a modernized electricity grid, cleaner fossil fuels, and the next generation of nuclear power.

"Small businesses are engines of job creation and innovation, and we need their ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit to drive a clean energy economy," said Secretary Chu. "By helping America's small businesses bring these innovative technologies to market, we will spur economic growth and help reduce the country's energy use."

The 33 projects announced today are based in 16 states, with 100 % of the projects led by small businesses in partnership with universities, national labs, and large businesses. These Phase III Xlerator awards are a first for DOE and build on the Department's existing efforts under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. Previously, the SBIR and STTR programs through DOE have only been funded through Phase II. Companies that had previously received DOE SBIR or STTR funding were eligible to apply for the Phase III grants. The awards range from $500,000 to $3 million and will provide small innovative companies with the "staying power" they need to develop the processes that are necessary to reduce the manufacturing costs for their products and enable manufacturing at scale. Overcoming cost and scale challenges is critical for small businesses to successfully bring their ideas to the marketplace.

Small businesses create around two out of every three new jobs in the U.S., and supporting America's entrepreneurs at this stage of the innovation development process will allow them to grow their companies at a critical juncture, leading to jobs and manufacturing in the clean energy economy.

The following projects have been selected for awards:

Biomass Technologies: Harvesting/Dewatering Technology for Algal Biofuels

Buildings: Solid State Lighting Products made from Organic Light-Emitting Diodes

Fuel Cell Technologies: Advanced Materials and Bio-Fueled Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Geothermal Technologies: High-Temperature-High-Volume Lifting

Industrial Technologies: Mitigation of Heat Losses, Fouling, and Scaling in Key Manufacturing Unit Operations; Integrated Reaction-Separation Using Non-Thermal Processes

Solar Technologies: Lowering the Cost of Photovoltaics

Vehicle Technologies

Advanced Wind Technologies Systems

Fossil Energy Research and Development

Nuclear Energy—Advanced Instrumentation and Control, Radiation Resistant Sensors, and Wireless On-Line Monitoring Systems for Nuclear Power Plant Applications

Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

More information on each of the selected projects is available on the Project Selections for ODE Phase III Xlerator Small Business Program documentPDF.

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