Funding announced for advanced manufacturing projects

The Department of Energy is providing funding for $123.6 million in funding for 46 projects in 23 states.

By Department of Energy January 15, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced $123.6 million in funding, as well as $44.7 million of cost share, for 46 projects in 23 states. The purpose is to stimulate technology innovation, improve the energy productivity of American manufacturing and enable the manufacturing of products in the United States.

“Bolstering domestic manufacturing helps make the U.S. economy stronger,” said EERE assistant secretary Daniel R. Simmons in a press release. “These projects will advance DOE’s goal of enhancing manufacturing competitiveness through technological innovation, while helping sustain American leadership in advanced manufacturing.”

Projects selected under this funding opportunity announcement will aim to improve energy efficiency in energy-intensive processes, and facilitate the transition to emerging, cost-competitive energy technologies in domestic production in three areas.

  1. Efficiency improvements in advanced manufacturing processes: $69.4 million for 27 projects focused on next-generation manufacturing processes that improve energy efficiency in energy-intensive and energy-dependent industries, including steel manufacturing, drying, machine learning, additive manufacturing and ceramic matrix composites production.
  2. Efficiency improvements in chemical manufacturing: $25 million for eight projects focused on modular, hybrid or catalytic processes to reduce energy use in chemical manufacturing. Selected projects will explore innovative technologies, tools, methodologies, and data analytics, including those that enable modularized and distributed systems driven by a variety of energy sources.
  3. Connected, flexible and efficient manufacturing facilities, products and energy systems: $29.1 million for 11 projects that support manufacturing’s role in national energy initiatives, including the potential for integrating carbon capture from dilute sources into industrial processes as well as the active role that district energy systems can play in stabilizing the electricity grid by connecting with flexible combined heat and power systems and renewable generation capabilities.

Click here to learn more about the individual projects.

– Edited from a Department of Energy press release by CFE Media.