DOE Awards $188M to Cleantech Small Businesses

DOE Awards $188M to Cleantech Small Businesses

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is giving $188 million to small business across the United States that are working on smart grid, building energy efficiency, biofuel and computing technology that can be commercialized and create jobs.

The 201 awards from the DOE's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs are going to companies in 34 states.

Covering a wide range of technologies in 76 topics, the Phase II awards are supporting prototype and pilot phase operations for technologies that already passed the proof of concept stage.

Awarded projects include technology for converting algae into aviation fuel, an LED lighting network for commercial office space, sun-tracking solar power technology that uses both visible light and infrared light to provide power and heat, wind turbine blade parts that will eliminate the most common failure area of blades and laser-based sensors for monitoring carbon dioxide sequestration sites.

Since the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the SBIR has developed a fast-track process for applications, increased its emphasis on technologies that create jobs and can be commercialized, and started providing business incubator funding.

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