DOE: DOE Announces Over $21 Million to Advance Commercialization of Clean Energy Solutions

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Executive Summary:

  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invests over $21 million in 30 projects for clean energy solutions.
  • Funding from Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) supports 16 National Laboratories.
  • Investment seeks to improve lab processes, increase clean energy accessibility, and connect with underserved communities.
  • Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) invites proposals via the CLIMR lab call to advance energy technologies.
  • TCF established by Energy Policy Act of 2005, reauthorized by Energy Act of 2020.

Unedited Press Release Text:

New Investments Will Increase Access to Clean Energy Technologies and Support America’s Transition to a Clean Energy Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) today announced more than $21 million in funding for 30 projects across 16 National Laboratories to propel clean energy solutions. This funding will address core commercialization challenges, while improving laboratory processes, creating accessibility to clean energy resources, and enhancing connections to underserved communities. This investment brings our nation one step closer to the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of lowering energy costs, creating good paying, union jobs, and deploying clean energy to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“As America transitions to a clean energy economy, it is vital that we reduce the time from when a clean energy technology is invented to when it’s available to consumers,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “DOE’s National Laboratories are developing landmark clean energy technologies that will lower energy costs for Americans, strengthen our nation’s economic stability, and continue to advance President Biden’s decarbonization goals.”

The Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) Base Annual Appropriations Core Laboratory Infrastructure for Market Readiness (CLIMR) lab call invited proposals to advance energy technologies and strengthen existing practices. The TCF was established by Congress through the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and reauthorized by the Energy Act of 2020 to promote promising energy technologies. Successfully bringing clean energy technologies to market is a complex process and is vital in achieving the nation’s climate goals. The selected projects will simplify commercialization processes, accelerate the development of existing promising technologies, and kickstart the development of new energy solutions. Over 39 partner entities will join our National Laboratories in accomplishing CLIMR project goals.

The lab call offered six topics aiming to address commercialization challenges, accelerate the development of promising technologies, and streamline processes to efficiently deliver clean energy solutions to the market. Technology-specific partnership projects make up 80% of the total federal funding allotted towards the CLIMR lab call.

DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) coordinates the TCF and strengthens DOE’s commercialization partnerships. OTT collaborated with the following DOE program offices for the 2023 CLIMR lab call: the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Geothermal Technologies Office, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Wind Energy Technologies Office, Water Power Technologies Office, Office of Nuclear Energy, Office of Electricity, and the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response. 

To view descriptions of the selected CLIMR projects, visit the TCF Base webpage. To stay up to date on the latest funding opportunities and OTT accomplishments, subscribe to receive the OTT newsletter via email.



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