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Industrial Sector Gets $18 Million for Energy-Efficiency Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 48 research and development projects as the winners of the agency’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Grand Challenge. The $13 million in funding will be shared across the award winners to develop “transformational” industrial processes and technologies that can significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout the industrial sector.

The funding will be matched by more than $5 million in private industry funding.

This latest round of awards is in addition to the $155 million in funding announced in November last year by the DOE for 41 industrial energy-efficiency projects across the country.

According to the DOE, U.S. industry accounts for more than 30 percent of the energy used nationwide, and is responsible for 27 percent of the country’s carbon emissions.

The DOE is providing cost-shared funding for research and development studies in four main areas:

–Next generation manufacturing concepts that focus on reducing the energy intensity or GHG emissions of industrial systems by a minimum of 25 percent.

–Energy intensive projects that are expected to generate large energy-saving benefits across a variety of industries.

–Advanced Materials that target developments in thermal and degradation resistant materials and materials for energy systems.

–Industrial GHG emission reductions focused on developments that offer both carbon intensity and absolute carbon reductions.

Click here (PDF) for the complete list of award winners.

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