DOE Awards $13 million for the Industrial Energy Efficiency Grand Challenge

May 12, 2010

DOE announced on May 5 that it has selected 48 U.S. research and development projects for Industrial Energy Efficiency Grand Challenge grants totaling $13 million in 16 states. The funds, matched by more than $5 million in private resources, will support the development of transformational industrial processes and technologies that can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the industrial sector. Awards will go to entities in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. The initiative is important to overall energy efficiency, because U.S. industry accounts for more than 30% of the energy used nationwide and is responsible for 27% of the country's carbon emissions.

DOE is providing cost-shared funding for research and development studies in four main topic areas: next generation manufacturing concepts to reduce energy intensity or greenhouse gas emissions of industrial systems by a minimum of 25%; energy-intensive processes such as reactions and separations, high-temperature processing, waste heat minimization and recovery, and sustainable manufacturing; advanced materials, with a focus on thermal- and degradation-resistant materials and materials for energy systems; and transformational technologies offering not only carbon intensity reductions, but also absolute carbon reductions. While many of the projects relate to industries in general, some are specifically geared toward the paper, glass, cement, steel, aluminum, magnesium, metal casting, petroleum, chemical, and polymer industries. Two projects also involve the manufacturing of photovoltaic materials and materials for solid state lighting. See the DOE press release, the list of awardees (PDF 76 KB), and the Industrial Technologies Program Web site. Download Adobe Reader.