DOE Taps Small Businesses for Clean Energy, Climate Innovation Projects

The Department of Energy has awarded $53 million to multiple small businesses to develop clean energy materials and systems in support of the Biden administration’s net-zero emission goals.

DOE said Wednesday it will issue the funds through the department’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

Proposals include a lithium-ion electric vehicle battery from Bioenno Tech, a bio-based composite material from Z&STech and a direct air capture system from Advanced Cooling Technologies.

Charles River Analytics proposed a method to detect an attack on critical infrastructure assets such as power grid, while Cornerstone Research Group offered a predictive health monitoring tool to maintain electric grid systems.

“Tackling the climate crisis and securing America’s economic competitiveness will require the full scope of American enterprise, especially the small businesses that are propelling clean energy advances,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said.

An executive order set a 2050 carbon neutrality deadline for federal government operations.

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