The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced 106 awards totaling $126 million in research and development grants for 90 different small businesses whose projects will address multiple mission areas, including nuclear and fusion energy, among more.

In announcing the awards, a DOE press release states how U.S. small business plays a critical role in facilitating the transition from discovery to innovation, helping bridge the scientific laboratory and the commercial marketplace.

“Big ideas become realities in the labs, workshops, factories and plants of America’s small businesses,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

“Small businesses tackle monumental issues all over the country, including climate change. DOE’s small business grants help companies across the country to develop the technologies, products, and infrastructure we will need for the transition to clean energy.”

Awards breakdown

Funded through the DOE’s SBIR/STTR program, the selections are for Phase II research and development of projects that either demonstrated feasibility for innovations during Phase I or are continuing prototype and process development from previous Phase II awards.

The DOE offices, with examples of project topic areas, funding these grants are:

Office of Nuclear Energy

• Advanced technologies for nuclear energy and nuclear waste

• Material recovery and waste form development

Office of Science

• Fusion energy systems

• High energy physics

• Laser technology research and development for accelerators

• Quantum information science

National Nuclear Security Administration

• Additive manufacturing techniques for space applications

• Radiation detection

Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management

• Carbon capture and removal, management, and storage

• Innovative energy systems

Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response

• Energy systems cybersecurity

Office of Electricity

• Advanced energy storage and power conversion system for energy equity

• Advanced grid technologies

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

• Advanced manufacturing

• Bioenergy

• Geothermal, solar, waterpower, and wind energy

• Hydrogen and fuel cell technology

• Vehicle technology

The 106 grants are going to 90 different companies for various projects across 27 states, including:

California (22 grants); Massachusetts (11); Colorado and Pennsylvania (8); Texas (7); Georgia (5); New York, Ohio, and Virginia (4); Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, Washington (3); Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Utah (2); and Arkansas, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Wyoming.

Originally published by Power Engineering International.

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