U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Water Power Program

DOE Announces $10.5 Million for Small Business Research and Development in Clean Energy Technologies

February 22, 2013

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy recently announced 70 grants totaling $10.5 million to small businesses to develop technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These awards will help small businesses with promising ideas for clean energy solutions that could improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, reduce reliance on foreign oil, and generate electricity from renewable sources.


Funded through DOE's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, one of the companies to receive an award will research the development of low-cost, low-head hydropower turbines. Amjet Turbine Systems, Llc, in Keokuk, Iowa, is developing a power-dense lightweight hydropower generator that can be mass produced and installed in-line. If successful, this project will make it feasible to generate electricity from more than 20,000 low-head dams and rivers across the country and will create more than 300 direct jobs in 5 years.


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View the list of awards.