DOE awards $ 54 million to 235 U.S. small businesses developing new clean energy and climate solutions
WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that 235 small businesses, across 42 states, will receive $ 54 million in critical seed funding for 266 projects that develop and deploy proof of concept prototypes for a wide range of technological solutions needed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. This diverse category of award winners designs innovative solutions for our greatest energy needs around advanced grid technologies, solar and hydrogen energy, capture and carbon storage, artificial intelligence, electric vehicle batteries and more.
“Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbone of the U.S. economy, the heart of our communities, and a source of ingenuity, which fuel U.S. leadership in energy efficiency, sustainable transportation and renewable energy. , said Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm. “With this round of federal funding, we’re going one step further to harness this local resource to help bring the next generation of clean energy innovations to market while creating well-paying private sector jobs.”
DOE’s SBIR / STTR programs aim to foster and encourage the participation in innovation and entrepreneurship of women and the socially or economically disadvantaged, and to increase the commercialization by the private sector of innovations derived from federal funding of R&D. SBIR / STRR programs support DOE’s broader effort to secure underserved and overburdened communities and advance the Biden-Harris administration’s Justice40 initiative, a commitment to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of investments in technology energy specific to this demographic.
The awards are administered through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR / STTR) programs and include:
- 29 women-owned businesses
- 31 business owners who declared themselves socially disadvantaged or low income
- 37 states identified as HUBZones, a small business administration program that fuels small business growth in historically underutilized business areas
Selected projects include:
- Workforce Development and Experiential Bioenergy Learning Tools: Pathways United in St. Louis, MO is developing an experiential learning tool to build workforce capacity in populations underrepresented in bioenergy. (Amount of the purse 199 $ 98.00)
- Networked intelligent building controls: Owners of small and medium-sized commercial buildings often do not have the resources to meet ambitious energy efficiency goals. Community Energy Labs LLC, in Portland, OR is developing a scalable and self-contained clean building control platform that enables owners of small and medium sized commercial buildings to achieve their goals in an easy and affordable way. Prize Amount: $ 206,230.00)
- Laser distortion resolution: Voss Scientific, LLC, in Albuquerque, NM) strives to make medium high power laser amplifiers smaller, cheaper, and more streamlined by adding an optical window treated with a metasurface to resolve heat stress. (Amount of the scholarship: $ 206,500.00)
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of Oregon’s economy, supporting jobs in our communities and tackling the big challenges our country faces. As the climate emergency persists, I am happy to see the Department of Energy is investing in small businesses that will help kickstart America’s carbon and move us forward towards a clean energy future, ”said US Senator Ron Wyden.
“As the threat of climate change grows, we must do all we can to encourage innovation to tackle this serious global challenge. Entrepreneurs in Maine are at the forefront of this effort, including Ocean Renewable Power Company in Portland, which has repeatedly proven to be an adaptable and innovative leader in clean energy. This award from the Department of Energy will allow ORPC to deploy and expand submarine networks, unleashing the power of rivers and oceans to make clean, affordable and reliable energy accessible to a wider group of consumers. As climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our time, and we are proud of startups like ORPC who are working to advance innovative clean energy technologies, ” mentionned US Senators Susan Collins and Angus King.
“Our small businesses are poles of scientific and technological progress and innovation that bring us closer to the search for new advances to fight climate change and protect our environment, while creating jobs. I am delighted that the Department of Energy is investing federal dollars in Granite State and small American companies like Creare and Intergrid that are pursuing important clean energy research and development projects that have the potential to create a future. greener and more sustainable for our planet. . Securing federal investments in programs that fuel the cutting edge work of our small businesses has long been a priority for me, and I will continue to fight for small businesses and entrepreneurs through my work on the Senate Appropriations Committees and small businesses ”, mentioned US Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
“Whether it’s competing with foreign producers or relying less on imports, it is vital that we strengthen domestic production of rare earth elements used in our economy. Today’s announcement from the Department of Energy will help advance the efficient production and use of rare earth elements and essential minerals derived from North Dakota’s abundant lignite coal resources, ”said US Senator John Hoeven.
“Small businesses are mobilizing to provide clean energy solutions and tackle the climate crisis. It is good news that the Department of Energy is providing federal dollars to Connecticut companies to help them advance their innovative work, ”said US Senator Chris Murphy.
“With our world-class research universities, national laboratories and high-tech and cutting-edge manufacturing industries, New Mexico is uniquely positioned to lead the charge in developing clean energy and climate solutions. That’s why I’m proud to support this DOE funding so that New Mexico businesses can generate new careers and use their unique skills to create a cleaner, brighter future for all New Mexicans, said. US Senator Martin Heinrich.
“I am grateful to the Department of Energy for making another investment to support North Dakota’s research and development potential,” said Senator Cramer. “The funds awarded today, which are part of a national investment in energy projects for small businesses, will help Microbeam Technologies of Grand Forks learn how to better use coal to meet our needs for essential mineral resources,” he said. declared US Senator Kevin Cramer.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the US economy and the foundation of our communities. With this funding, small businesses in Utah will help pave the way for the development of the technology needed by our country to adequately address the range of energy challenges we face, ”said US Senator Mitt Romney.
“Small businesses play an important role in deploying clean energy solutions across America. This funding will allow small business owners in New Mexico and across the country to grow their businesses while helping to protect our environment for future generations. I am happy to see New Mexico companies among today’s winners, and I applaud the Department of Energy for its continued investment in the backbone of our economy, ”said US Senator Ben Ray Luján.
Earlier this year, the DOE announced a new 102 small businesses which has received more than $ 100 million in funding to continue, among other things, advanced manufacturing of wind turbines and batteries, new atmospheric measurement instruments and particle accelerator technologies that can fuel the scientific discoveries of the next generation.
For more information on the 266 projects announced today, click here.
Visit DOE’s SBIR and STTR programs website for more information.