DOE Awards $4.4 Million to Develop Energy-Efficient Technologies

DOE Awards $4.4 Million to Develop Energy-Efficient Technologies

To improve energy efficiency in buildings and in manufacturing, the U.S. Department of Energy recently announced awards totaling $4.4 million to advance energy efficient, environmentally clean production, and building technologies.

"Twenty-five percent of the energy used to heat and cool buildings goes right out the window," secretary of energy Spencer Abraham said. "The innovative technologies receiving funding today will improve U.S. industrial competitiveness while reducing energy use, helping to make our nation more secure."

The DOE selected 18 organizations out of 202 proposals to receive funding as part of two of its programs: Inventions and Innovation, and the National Industrial Competitiveness through Energy, Environment and Economics initiative.

Among the projects selected for funding are:
  • Advanced Processing Technology of Electrochromic Windows: A process to develop new film patterning techniques for energy-saving smart windows. The process improves visible light transmission and reduces glare, while retaining a clear view and increasing thermal comfort.
  • An Indirect Route for Ethanol Production: A process to develop fuel ethanol from renewable resources to achieve savings of 80% in energy consumption. The process helps U.S. farmers create a market for corn supplies and increases national energy security.
  • Manufacturing Ceramic Products from Fiberglass Waste: A low-cost energy method of completely transforming fiberglass waste into a dense ceramic product. The process could eliminate the need for disposal of 260,000 tons of fiberglass waste annually.
  • Near-Infrared Veneer Strength Sensor for Forest Industry: Use of NIR sensors instead of ultra-sonic technology allows testing for veneer wood strength before drying. The NIR technology will improve process efficiency and reduce product waste, and is expected to save about $23,000 annually in energy costs.
  • The Force Modulator: A durable sheetmetal technology for the steel industry that allows proper control of press forces during part forming.
A full list of awardees can be downloaded in PDF format.