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Energy Department Announces Additional $20 Million in Research Awards

Energy Department Announces Additional $20 Million in Research Awards - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Energy Department Announces Additional $20 Million in Research Awards - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Thursday that it 10 previously selected Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awardees will receive a total of $20 million, honoring additional commitments.

This marks the end of the road for the DOE’s approval process of the ARPA-E's Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) and Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) programs.

Four REFUEL projects are also part of DOE's Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. The DOE says these programs “support groundbreaking technological innovation specifically in the small business community.”

NEXTCAR projects seek to improve the energy efficiency of cars and trucks by reducing individual vehicle energy usage by 20 percent.

REFUEL projects seek to produce high-energy liquid fuels from renewable sources like water, molecules from the air, and electricity.

Here are the Department of Energy’s 10 awardees:

NEXTCAR

Southwest Research Institute ““ San Antonio, TX: Model Predictive Control for Energy-Efficient Maneuvering Of Connected Autonomous Vehicles Equipped with 12V Micro-Hybrid Engine Technology ““ $2,900,000

REFUEL

Gas Technology Institute ““ Des Plaines, IL: A Novel Catalytic Membrane Reactor for DME Synthesis from Renewable Resources ““ $2,300,000

Giner, Inc. ““ Newton, MA: High-Efficiency Ammonia Production from Water and Nitrogen ““ $1,500,000

Sustainable Innovations, LLC ““ East Hartford, CT: Electricity From an Energy-Dense Carbon-Neutral Energy Carrier ““ $1,200,000

Wichita State University ““ Wichita, KS: Alkaline Membrane-Based Ammonia Electrosynthesis with High Efficiency for Renewable and Scalable Liquid-Fuel Production ““ $855,000

University of Minnesota ““ Minneapolis, MN: Small Scale Ammonia Synthesis Using Stranded Wind Energy ““ $2,900,000

REFUEL SBIR/STTR

Bettergy Corporation ““ Peekskill, NY: Low Temperature Ammonia Cracking Membrane Reactor for Hydrogen Generation ““ $1,524,607

Molecule Works, Inc. ““ Richland, WA: Novel Electrochemical Membrane Reactor for Synthesis of NH3 From Air and Water at Low Temperature and Low Pressure ““ $2,300,000

Opus 12, Inc. ““ Berkeley, CA: Renewable Electricity-Powered Carbon Dioxide Conversion to Ethanol for Storage and Transportation ““ $1,903,268

Storagenergy Technologies, Inc. ““ Salt Lake City, UT: High Rate Ammonia Synthesis by Intermediate Temperature Solid-State Alkaline Electrolyzer (ITSAE) ““ $2,523,958

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