On July 11, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 10 projects that would receive $11.5 million in funding from the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

The projects were selected to advance to Phase II of the SBIR/STTR program based on their progress during Phase I and their potential to advance manufacturing technologies and practices in key topic areas.

The SBIR and STTR programs were created by Congress to leverage small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies. Information on the DOE SBIR and STTR programs is available on the Office of Science SBIR website.

Topic Areas

All Selectees

Advanced Manufacturing:

Description: A topic focused on developing several technologies to decarbonize industry including the following subtopics:

  • Novel Energy-Efficient Dewatering Methods for Cellulosic Nanomaterials
  • Electrochemical Recycling Electronic Constituents of Value
  • Atomically Precise Microelectronics for Energy Efficiency
  • Novel Manufacturing Methods for Membranes and Desalination System Components

Number of selectees: 6
Amount Awarded: $6,896,455 (includes $361,089 in funding from WPTO)

Affordable Thermal Energy Storage:

Description: A joint topic with the Building Technologies Office focused on manufacturing processes for an innovative high temperature thermochemical energy storage technology that supports industrial decarbonization.

Number of selectees: 1
Amount Awarded: $1,150,000 (WETO funds $110,000; WPTO funds $213,462)

High-Torque Direct-Drive Generators:

Description: A joint topic with the Water Power Technologies Office and the Wind Energy Technologies Office to support cost-effective scale-up of offshore wind turbines and marine and water turbines to higher power with more compact size.

Number of selectees: 1
Amount Awarded: $1,149,594

Conductivity enhanced materials for Affordable, Breakthrough Leapfrog Electric and Thermal Applications (CABLE): Materials and Applications

Description: A joint topic among AMO and seven other EERE technology offices, along with DOE’s Office of Electricity, to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon grid and support a decarbonized economy through lower cost, lower impact electrification and energy efficient thermal energy use.

Number of selectees: 2
Amount Awarded: $2,299,934