Offices: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office, Buildings Technologies Office, and Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office

FOA Number: DE-LC-0000020

Link to Apply: Apply on EERE Exchange Now closed.

Available Funding: $6.2 Million

Funding Selections: Funding Selections: 2023 Technology Commercialization Fund Lab Call

The Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO), the Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO), and the Buildings Technologies Office (BTO), in collaboration with The Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), are interested in jointly funding Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) programs in Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) that reduce embodied energy/carbon of materials and processes, as well as operational energy across the built environment, including residential, commercial, and industrial settings.

Through TCF, the DOE’s applied energy technology offices (e.g., AMMTO, IEDO, and BTO) and the DOE National Labs can pursue a strategic, forward-looking, competitive approach to commercializing DOE National Lab-developed intellectual property (IP). This process better enables DOE National Labs to prepare and mature these technologies for commercial adoption, identify the highest-quality prospective partners, and assist those industry partners in evaluating technologies for their business models.

Topic Areas

Topic 1: Greener Buildings and Building Materials with Reduced Embodied Carbon

Reducing the embodied carbon of buildings through strengthening materials circularity and leveraging advanced materials and manufacturing processes. Recycled feedstocks such as concrete, additive manufacturing, recycled materials for appliances, and novel low-embodied carbon materials are all areas of interest in this topic.

Topic 2: Advanced Electronics, Sensors, and Controls for Lower-Energy Buildings

Flow batteries provide an alternative to Lithium-Ion Batteries for stationary applications, considering their unique architecture that eliminates the need for critical materials (e.g., lithium) and offers more flexibility in the fundamental design and operation of the battery. Flow batteries, which consist of electrochemical cell stacks, storage tanks, and flow systems, have been widely recognized for their potential. The modular design and scalability of these batteries make it possible to decouple power and energy needs, to simultaneously charge and discharge, and to achieve excellent operational lifetimes.

Topic 3: Thermal Energy Storage and Waste Heat Recovery Technologies

Commercializing technologies that improve the ability to manipulate and store thermal energy, which has typically been generated on demand from fuel combustion and/or rejected to the environment as waste heat. Applicants should make clear if the proposed technology will be applicable for low-temperature (< 100°C), medium-temperature (100 to 400°C), or high-temperature (> 400°C) grade systems.

Topic 4: Advanced Heat Pump Component Technologies

Improvements are needed to heat pump performance and applicability as well as lowering manufacturing costs. Components of interest include high- efficiency heat exchangers and compressors and potentially new materials, refrigerants, and non-refrigerant-based solutions (e.g., non-vapor compression solutions, functional materials).

Topic 5: National Lab Developed IP Technology maturation and Commercialization Projects Utilizing the Lab Embedded Entrepreneurship Program

National lab developed IP technology maturation and commercialization projects leveraging the Lab Embedded Entrepreneurship Program (LEEP) to bring lab-developed IP to market must be directed at technology development and not yet at demonstration stage.

Key Dates

Lab Call Release:

April 17, 2023

Informational Webinar for Lab Call Overview:

May 23, 2023 2:00PM ET

Submission Deadline for Full Applications:

June 30, 2023 5:00 PM ET

Expected Selection Notifications:

August 4, 2023 5:00PM ET

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