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President Trump Releases FY 2021 Budget Request

President Donald J. Trump unveiled his FY 2021 Budget Request, including $35.4 billion to fund the Department of Energy (DOE). This year’s budget underscores the importance of nuclear security, DOE’s intradepartmental collaborations, crosscutting priorities, and continued investment in early-stage research and development at DOE National Labs. Learn more and view documents DOE’s FY 2021 Budget Request to Congress.

EVENT: Register to Attend the AMO 2020 Peer Review – June 2-4, 2020

AMO will hosts its annual peer review on June 2-4, 2020 at the DoubleTree Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Leading technology experts from the industrial and academic sectors have been invited to review the technology research and development (R&D) and technical partnerships supported by our office. An agenda is forthcoming. Register for this event here.

EVENT: Registration is Open for the 2020 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit!

The 2020 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit will be held June 8-10, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Attendees will experience three days of engaging, interactive sessions across six tracks with fellow industry stakeholders and experts, as well as special events, workshops, and peer networking opportunities. You can view this year's schedule in our updated Agenda At-a-Glance. Reserve your spot today!

WORKSHOPS: Energy Storage Grand Challenge Announces Initial Series of Public Workshops

The Energy Department will hold a series of workshops to receive input on the approaches and activities for the Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) initiative. Workshops will be held in Seattle, Austin, Chicago and Washington D.C. in March 2020. On March 16, AMO will host a special workshop on manufacturing, which will be part of the two-day ESGC event in Chicago, to address energy storage challenges and opportunities for U.S. manufacturing.

Click here for meeting times and registration information.

DOE Awards $187 Million to Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness

DOE recently awarded $187 million for 55 projects in 25 states to support innovative advanced manufacturing research and development. These projects address high-impact manufacturing technology, materials, and process challenges that advance the Trump Administration’s goal to strengthen domestic manufacturing competitiveness and position the U.S. for global leadership in advanced manufacturing. Learn more.

COMING SOON: DOE to Release Funding Opportunity Announcement for Phase II Small Business Projects

In early March, DOE will release a Phase II funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Phase II projects are expanded R&D efforts with awards of up to $1,100,000 over two years. Applicants must have received a Phase I or Phase II award to apply. Visit the DOE-wide SBIR-STTR page for more information.

DOE and American Chemistry Council Sign MOU to Collaborate on Innovative Plastics Recycling Technologies

Earlier this month, DOE and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance innovation in energy efficient plastics recycling and reduce waste through enhanced recovery of post-use plastics. The MOU serves as a framework for DOE and ACC to collaborate on the development of innovative plastics recycling technologies and strengthen the domestic plastics supply chain. Learn more.

DOE Announces Water Security Prize to Stimulate Resource Recovery among Small and Medium-sized Facilities

DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a $1 million Water Resource Recovery Prize to accelerate resource recovery from municipal wastewater across the United States. Through this two-phased competition, DOE is accepting proposals for novel, systems-based solutions to stimulate resource recovery at small-to-medium-sized water resource recovery facilities. This effort can help lower the cost of wastewater treatment. Register to attend an informational webinar on March 3, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET to learn more about the submission instructions for both phases of the competition.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: DOE Announces Funding for Sustainable Transportation Research

DOE recently announced nearly $300 million in funding for research and development of sustainable transportation resources and technologies. Under this opportunity, AMO will provide funding support with the Vehicles Technology Office for materials technology development. AMO will also jointly fund projects with the Fuel Cells Technology Office in electrolyzer manufacturing and advanced carbon fiber for compressed gas storage tanks. Learn more here.

50001 Ready Program Updates

Check out the latest updates from the DOE’s 50001 Ready program, including the Oregon Department of Corrections’ experience making significant energy savings across its six 50001 Ready sites.