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DOE Awards $58M in Funding to Advance Clean Energy Technology Development

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The Department of Energy has selected 30 projects to receive funding worth a total of $57.9 million from the Advanced Manufacturing Office to decarbonize the U.S. industrial sector and advance clean energy manufacturing practices across the industry.

DOE said Thursday the research projects, led by industry partners, universities and the national laboratories, will result in the development of technological innovations designed to support the Biden administration’s goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

“Decarbonizing American industry while expanding our capacity to manufacture clean energy technologies is the surest way to meet the nation’s climate and economic goals,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

The research projects will focus on three main topics: manufacturing process innovation, advanced materials manufacturing and energy systems.

In a separate announcement, DOE said 10 projects were awarded a total of $25.8 million to develop next-generation manufacturing processes for reducing carbon emissions of energy-intensive industries.

Fourteen projects were selected for a $24.6 million funding grant to develop and produce materials designed to reduce the operating costs of wind turbines and extend the life of hydrogen components.

The remaining six research projects will create “innovative manufacturing processes for lithium-ion batteries to enhance safety and reduce cost and time-to-market” under a $7.5 million funding grant.