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April 03, 2002

DOE Awards $2 Million to Industry, $2.8 Million to Oregon

DOE announced yesterday its award of more than $2 million for cost-shared projects to improve energy efficiency in industrial processes. The award is part of DOE's Industries of the Future BestPractices Program, which focuses on the nine most energy-intensive industries in the United States. The six research and development projects will examine technologies for the production of polyurethane foam; the processing of taconite, a flint-like mineral that is a low-grade source of iron; the rapid heat-treatment of metals; the rolling of heat-treated steel; the measurement of temperature when forging metal; and the removal of zinc coatings from scrap steel via an electrochemical process. The industrial partners on the projects will contribute more than $9 million toward the research. See the DOE press release.

DOE also announced last week its award of more than $2.8 million to Oregon as one of a continuing series of weatherization assistance grants. The funds will be used to improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income families in the state. See the DOE press release.