WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $ 35 million in funding for various small businesses to research science, clean energy and climate solutions. The funding will support 158 ââprojects in 29 states that will aim to develop a range of clean energy technologies, from climate research tools to improved batteries for electric vehicles. This investment will create well-paying jobs, build a diverse climate workforce, and help meet President Biden’s goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.
âSupporting small businesses will ensure that we harness all American talent to develop clean energy technologies that will help us tackle the climate crisis,â said US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “DOE’s investments will enable these economic engines to leverage and commercialize their advances, while developing the next generation of climate leaders and helping to build a sustainable future for the benefit of all Americans.” ”
This funding is administered by the DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs that support a diverse portfolio of small businesses, including startups, in technology areas and markets relevant to the missions of the DOE aimed at stimulating technological breakthroughs, meeting research and development (R&D) needs and increasing commercialization by shifting R&D to deployment. SBIR / STTR winners have reported more than $ 1.7 billion in sales resulting from funding grants. Recently developed technologies included measurement of chemical interactions at the nanoscale, automation in several industries, and measurement of aerosol levels for climate research.
Here is a sample of the selected projects:
- Birch Biosciences, LLC (Portland, OR): Innovation in the plastics recycling industry is crucial in addressing the economic and environmental costs of unsustainable plastics use. This project will develop a new, next-generation plastic recycling technology using synthetic biology to enable sustainable and cost-effective solutions for closed-loop recycling of plastics. (Amount of the scholarship: $ 256,492)
- Coreform LLC (Orem, UT): Engineering simulation is essential for developing safer products and getting them to market faster in many industries, but next-generation engineering designs require methods beyond the capabilities of traditional software. This project will accelerate the development of a new simulation technology capable of performing very complex simulations to enable more efficient product design. (Prize amount: $ 256,500)
- ExMat Research, Inc. (Spokane, WA): The damage caused by phosphorus in the country’s freshwater, estimated at $ 2.2 billion per year, includes loss of biodiversity, increased costs of treating drinking water and economic losses associated with recreation, angling and lake property values. This project will develop an affordable sensor capable of monitoring phosphorus to mitigate the health and economic impact. (Prize amount: $ 250,000)
- Greenway Energy, LLC (Aiken, South Carolina): This project aims to create and commercialize a new low-cost and efficient hydrogen-based energy storage system as an upgrade of current technology. (Amount of the scholarship: $ 200,000)
- Novoreach Technologies LLC (Midland, Michigan): Thanks to composite materials, this project will develop an efficient and economical solution to capture CO2 from the air. (Amount of the scholarship: $ 200,000)
For more information on the 158 projects, click onhere.
âThis federal investment in Oregon small businesses may trigger job creation and opportunities for innovative approaches that help address the pressing challenges produced by the climate crisis,â said US Senator Ron Wyden (OR). “I’m delighted that these small businesses in Eugene and Portland have secured these resources from the US Department of Energy, and I will continue to fight for more federal funds that help equally creative small businesses in Oregon.” and across the country. â
“New York is home to world-class research institutions and innovators,” said US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). “By supporting our state’s small businesses in the development of critical clean energy technologies, this federal funding will help protect our environment, create jobs and advance vital scientific research.” I will continue to do all I can to make sure New York institutions have the resources they need to lead our country towards a clean energy future.
“I am proud that Michigan small businesses are leading the way in the research and development of clean energy technologies that will help us address the real and growing threat of climate change while supporting jobs and the economy. our state, “said US Senator Gary Peters (MI). âI applaud these grants which will allow Michigan small businesses to innovate and develop the advanced technologies of the future. ”
âMontana’s small businesses are leaders in high-tech jobs, solutions and innovation. This funding will help Montana continue to create jobs, invest in important research and lead next generation technology, âsaid US Senator Steve Daines (MT).
“One way to continue to grow our state’s economy is to ensure that small businesses in Illinois have the resources they need to become leaders in clean energy,” said US Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL). âI am happy to see the DOE making small businesses a priority in the clean energy economy. ”
âI am delighted that the Department of Energy announced $ 35 million for a diverse group of small businesses looking for clean energy and climate solutions, including HighT-Tech in College Park. This funding will help small businesses in Maryland’s Fifth District achieve their goals and bring innovative technologies to market that advance clean energy solutions, âsaid Representative of the United States and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-5).
âThe climate crisis offers an opportunity to invest in new technologies that will help us both tackle climate change and create new, well-paying jobs in New Jersey. I am proud of the work we are doing to accelerate the transition to a clean economy by giving small businesses the resources they need to be part of it. These grants help ensure that our economy and energy infrastructure are ready to meet the climate challenges we face, âsaid US Representative Frank Pallone (NJ-06).
“I am delighted that a diverse group of small businesses in North Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District is receiving Department of Energy funding to support their efforts in innovative climate research and new clean energy technologies,” said declared US Representative David Price (NC-04), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. âSmall businesses are the backbone of our communities, and it is imperative that Congress continues to support funding for research and development that will move us towards a more environmentally sustainable future. ”
âThe Department of Energy’s $ 35 million funding will hopefully encourage more small businesses to seek clean energy and innovative climate solutions. I am proud that Qunnect INC, located in my district, is receiving funding of $ 255,904 to continue to research and implement new ways to make your business more climate-friendly. We are all in the fight against climate change and small businesses like Qunnect INC are doing their part to make our community more climate friendly, âsaid United States Representative Nydia Velazquez (NY-12).
âClean energy technologies will not only be essential in tackling the climate crisis, they will also create jobs, boost US competitiveness and strengthen our economy. For decades, local innovators, including those at Kitware Inc., have been at the forefront of efforts to develop advanced technologies that grow businesses and improve lives. I am delighted to see the Department of Energy’s latest investment in the New York Capital region. Small businesses like Kitware are the backbone of our communities and industries, and I will continue to work to secure these investments for our region, âsaid United States Representative Paul Tonko (NY-20).
âWestern Pennsylvania is a leader in energy and innovation because of our talented workforce and the innovative work of companies like Visimo,â said US Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17). âKudos to Visimo on securing this award from the Department of Energy, I look forward to seeing your continued work to develop solutions for our energy future.â
“If we are to ensure that our grandchildren inherit a habitable planet, we must support American small businesses that invest in clean energy and a green, carbon-free economy,” said United States Representative Marie Newman (IL-03). “This is why I am delighted that the Department of Energy is providing nearly $ 200,000 to Caporus Technologies, LLC, our Orland Park company, which is helping to lead the country in clean energy projects and new ones. green jobs that will lead us to a more efficient environment and sustainable future. ”
“Today’s announcement proves that the future of semiconductor technology – the tiny electronics at the heart of our modern lives – is being built by small businesses right here in mid-Michigan.” , said United States Representative Elissa Slotkin (MI-08). “These awards at Great Lakes Crystal Technologies, which arose out of a collaboration with Michigan State University, will help support the development of a whole new class of diamond semiconductors with a range of applications. potential. Staying at the forefront of this technology is crucial for our small businesses and for our national security, so I’m delighted to see this federal support for the innovation and hard work of our businesses.
For more information on DOE’s SBIR and STTR programs, visit the Programs Officewebsite.
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