US DoE offers USD 100m for energy innovations

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December 14 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of Energy (DoE) on Wednesday said it will provide up to USD 100 million (EUR 85m) to support early-stage research and development (R&D) projects under an open funding opportunity.

Such open funding opportunities are issued about every three years and are designed to fund "transformational" energy projects that are not within the scope of current Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA‑E) programmes.

The call is aimed at technology concepts across the entire range of energy applications. DoE says examples include electricity generation, both renewable and non-renewable; electricity transmission, storage and distribution; energy efficiency; and transportation, including the production of both renewable and non-renewable fuels, electrification and transportation energy efficiency. Dozens of projects will be supported. Concept papers are due by February 12. 

ARPA-E previously issued open solicitations in 2009, 2012 and 2015.

"With OPEN 2018, we are asking American energy entrepreneurs and researchers to show us the next breakthrough in energy security," said energy secretary Rick Perry.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.845)

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