The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $6 billion in funding to accelerate decarbonization projects in the energy-intensive industrial sector.

The industrial sector’s emissions result not just from fuel for heat and power, but also from feedstocks and processes that are inherently carbon intensive. The sector contributes nearly one-third of the nation’s carbon emissions.

The Industrial Demonstrations Program is expected to focus on the highest-emitting industries where decarbonization technologies will have the greatest impact, such as iron and steel, aluminum, cement and concrete, and other energy-intensive industrial processes.

Various offices within DOE will manage the program and provide up to 50% of the cost of each project. The department is seeking first-of-a-kind or early-stage commercial-scale projects and expects to award projects from the “highest emitting industries involving cross-cutting technologies that have the greatest potential, directly or indirectly, to achieve significant decarbonization domestically and globally.”

This federal funding share comes from the Inflation Reduction Act ($5.46 billion) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act ($430 million).  

Concept papers are due by April 21, 2023, and full applications are due by August 4, 2023, according to DOE.

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