WASHINGTON DC- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $175 million for 68 research and development projects aimed at developing disruptive technologies to bolster the nation’s advanced energy enterprise. Led by the DOE’s Agency for Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E), the OPEN 2021 program prioritizes funding for high-impact, high-risk technologies that support new approaches to address energy challenges. clean energy. The selected projects — spanning 22 states and coordinated across universities, national laboratories and private companies — will advance technologies in a wide range of areas, including electric vehicles, offshore wind, nuclear storage and recycling. These investments support President Biden’s climate goals to increase domestic clean energy technology production, strengthen the nation’s energy security, and boost the economy by creating well-paying jobs.
“Universities, corporations and our national labs are redoubling their efforts to advance the innovation and manufacturing of clean energy technologies in America to provide essential energy solutions from renewables to fusion energy to fight against the climate crisis,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “DOE’s investments show our commitment to empowering innovators to build bold plans to help America achieve net zero emissions by 2050, create well-paying clean energy jobs, and to strengthen our energy independence.”
Selected projects will focus on technologies such as the fuel cell revolution for light and heavy vehicles, and technologies to generate less nuclear waste and reduce the cost of fuel. Here are examples of OPEN 2021 project teams:
- Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) will work to electrify the nation’s vehicles by developing more efficient fuel cells that could enable low-cost, high-efficiency options for trucks and SUVs. (Amount of scholarship: $3,220,310)
- Hinetics (Champaign, Illinois) seeks to electrify aviation with ultra-compact 10MW+ electrified aircraft propulsion systems through the development of a transformational, high-power-density electrical machine. (Amount of scholarship: $5,761,467)
- Makai Ocean Engineering (Waimanalo, Hawaii) will develop new mooring and anchoring methods to enable grid-scale floating wind turbines and hydrokinetic systems in areas that are otherwise inaccessible or cost prohibitive. (Amount of scholarship: $849,951)
- Nokia Bell Labs (Murray Hill, New Jersey) is developing a highly efficient thermal power architecture that will enable significant reduction in data server cooling energy as well as building heating and cooling. (Amount of scholarship: $2,106,380)
- The University of Houston (Houston, Texas) seeks to create a fast-charging transportation solution using magnesium anodes, instead of lithium, to improve security in the US battery supply chain. (Amount of scholarship: $3,400,000)
For the full list of applicants and more detailed project descriptions, visit ARPA-E OPEN 2021 webpage.
Among the first billion dollars for research and development opportunities that the DOE announced last year to address the climate crisis, OPEN 2021 is the latest installment of ARPA-E’s OPEN program. The first four iterations – 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 – awarded more than $600 million in funding to 225 projects aimed at achieving breakthroughs in the commercialization of various energy solutions, including the development of solar, geothermal, batteries, biofuels and advanced. surface coating technologies. Soraa, a global leader in more efficient lighting technology, and Sunfolding, a company facilitating cost and performance breakthroughs for solar industry stakeholders, are two examples of previous winners.
Since its inception in 2009, ARPA-E has provided $2.93 billion in R&D funding, and ARPA-E projects have attracted more than $7.6 billion in follow-on funding from the private sector to commercialize clean energy technologies and create sustainable clean energy jobs. Previous ARPA-E winners have also achieved breakthroughs in the commercialization of various energy solutions, including the development of solar, geothermal, battery, biofuel and advanced surface coating technologies.