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June 03, 2009

DOE Offers $256 Million for Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing and IT

DOE announced on June 1 that it plans to offer $256 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support energy efficiency improvements in manufacturing and information technology (IT) industries. The funds include $156 million for deployment and demonstration projects for that can help manufacturers operate more efficiently, including new energy-efficient industrial equipment, waste energy recovery systems, combined heat and power systems, and district energy systems. Waste energy recovery systems could reduce U.S. energy demand by 17,000 megawatts, while combined heat and power systems and district energy systems can operate at efficiencies of 80% or more. Conventional heat and power production facilities operate at efficiencies of only 45%, which means that 55% of the energy used by the facilities is lost through cooling towers and smokestacks, and only 45% is converted into a useful energy source.

The funds also include $50 million to support research, development, and demonstration projects for advanced industrial materials, including nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing, both of which rely on the properties of materials at the scale of a billionth of a meter, or nanometer. Another $50 million will help reduce energy use for microprocessors and servers that support the information and communication technology industries. The funds will go toward research, development, and demonstration projects that improve the energy efficiency of these services, including projects that address the power and cooling systems that help keep such services running. See the DOE press release, and see the Funding Opportunity Announcements for industrial energy efficiency (PDF 368 KB) and energy efficiency at information and communication facilities (PDF 192 KB) on the DOE Industrial Technologies Program Web site, or search the public opportunities on FedConnect for reference numbers DE-FOA-0000044 and DE-FOA-0000107, respectively. Applications for the two FOAs are due by July 14 and July 21, respectively.