U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Advanced Manufacturing Office
EERE Requests $138.3 Million for OIT in FY 2003
February 22, 2002
DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has delivered
it fiscal year 2003 budget request to Congress. The request includes $138.3
million dollars for the Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT).
The budget request categorizes OIT activities as Industries of the
Future--Specific and Industries of the Future --Crosscutting. It also includes
funding for management and planning and cooperative programs with states.
EERE is requesting $71.6 million for Industries of the Future --Specific
activities. These projects involve the nine most energy-intensive industries:
aluminum, agriculture, chemicals, glass, forest products, metal casting, mining,
petroleum, and steel. The budget category also includes funding for Industries
of the Future (IOF) supporting industries. Among the projects highlighted in the
budget request are:
ﵦnbsp;Installing prototype multi-port cylinder dryers for the forest
ﵦnbsp;Demonstrating an intelligent pot-room controller
at a commercial smelter as part the Aluminum IOF,
rapid solidification process tooling technologies for the die casting
ﵦnbsp;Developing fuel-cell mining vehicles,
ﵦnbsp;Commercializing two new biomass-based product technologies as part
of the Agriculture IOF.
The request for IOF Crosscutting activities is $57.1 million. The category
includes enabling technologies, technical assistance, financial assistance, and
technical/program management support.
Under the enabling technologies budget request for $32.1 million, EERE is
placing particular emphasis on developing clean combustion technologies, sensors
and controls, and advanced industrial technologies. The BestPractices program,
included in this category, is called out as a valuable tool in disseminating
information on how to improve efficiency of plant wide systems, including
motors, compressed air, steam, and process heat.
EERE requests $15.9 million for OIT technical assistance, including the
energy audits performed by the Industrial Assessment Centers, developing and
disseminating information on industrial equipment and systems, and developing
tools and resources for measuring the effectiveness of new technologies.
Financial assistance is funded at $5.1 million under the budget request. The
funding will support the activities of Inventions & Innovation (I&I) and
National Industrial Competitiveness through Energy, Environment, and Economics
(NICE3). I&I and NICE3 award cost-shared grants to inventors and
industry-state technology partnerships that are working on new technologies to
improve industrial energy efficiency.
For complete details, read the fiscal year 2003 budget request for the
To read the fiscal year 2003 EERE budget request highlights or the
budget-in-brief, visit the EERE budget Web page: http://www.eren.doe.gov/budget