WASHINGTON, DISTRICT, COLOMBIA – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced open funding of $ 150 million for research projects aimed at improving efficiency and curbing carbon emissions from energy technology and manufacturing. This funding will support research underpinning DOE Energy Earthshots initiatives, which have set goals to significantly improve clean energy technologies over ten years, including hydrogen, long-term storage, and carbon capture and sequestration. This study is fundamental to climate decisions that will be critical to achieving President Biden’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“Rapid deployment of existing climate technologies and attracting investment in early-stage climate research is one or two blows we need to build long-term resilience to the climate crisis and achieve our goals by 2050,” he said. U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Grenholm. “From opening to deployment, this research funding will build on the talent of American colleges and universities to accelerate the development of new technologies that, combined with our current arsenal of climate solutions, will be key to tackling the climate crisis while creating well-paid jobs. jobs and strengthening America’s competitiveness ”.
Funding will support a range of research topics in basic research on chemicals and materials, including new approaches to clean energy inspired by energy-efficient biological processes such as photosynthesis, which uses sunlight to synthesize molecules needed by plants for life. This study is fundamental to the development of solar and nuclear energy technologies, energy storage, carbon capture, new production processes and the use of important minerals in energy technology and production. This funding will also support research underpinning Ministry of Health Energy Earthshots initiatives, including Hydrogen Shot, which aim to reduce the cost of hydrogen production; Long Duration Storage Shot, which aims to reduce cost and increase the duration of energy storage in the grid; and Carbon Negative Shot, which aims to reduce the cost of removing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
DOE encourages applications led by or in partnership with Minority Service Institutions (MSIs) that are underrepresented in the core energy science portfolio, and applications involving individuals from groups historically underrepresented in STEM. Applications are open to all accredited American colleges and universities, national labs, nonprofits and private sector companies. Depending on Congressional appropriations, total planned funding is up to $ 150 million, from up to $ 50 million in fiscal year 2022.
For more information on this funding opportunity and its connection to Energy Earthshots, please register for the webinar on February 23, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. ET. Register here.
An announcement of funding opportunities sponsored by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the Office of Science of the Department can be found here.