DOE awards $57.9M to 30 projects helping decarbonize industrial sector

Published on June 20, 2022 by Dave Kovaleski

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $57.9 million to 30 projects that will help decarbonize the industrial sector and advance clean energy manufacturing.

“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,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said. “The technologies funded through this investment will improve productivity, energy efficiency, and competitiveness across America’s industrial sector, creating good-paying jobs for American workers.”

The industrial sector accounted for one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in 2021 — more than the annual emissions of 631 million gasoline-fueled cars. The selected projects are being developed within private industry, universities, and the national labs, focusing on innovations that can help achieve cleaner and more efficient manufacturing.

“I applaud the Biden administration for awarding $19 million to 11 clean energy projects in California,” U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said. “These projects will help improve technologies related to battery storage, solar panels, and wind turbines, all of which will be key tools on our path to reducing carbon emissions and generating more clean energy. California has long been a leader in transitioning to a clean energy economy, and these funds will help us move further down that path.”

The projects are funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. Some of the awards went to Purdue University, Ford, Northwestern University, Boeing, Stanford University, Electric Power Research Institute, Oak Ridge National Lab, LanzaTech, and the University of Delaware, among others.

“Purdue University is a cornerstone of innovation in West Central Indiana with a worldwide impact,” U.S. Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN). “I am pleased the Department of Energy is paying attention to the good work the university is doing and allocating resources that will help advance its clean energy initiatives without stifling innovation. This will help Indiana be at the forefront of achieving more efficient manufacturing processes.”