The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $3 million in funding for 10 high-performance computing projects that will advance cutting-edge manufacturing and clean energy technologies. As part of the High-Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative, the selected projects will leverage the expertise and computing capabilities of the U.S. National Laboratories to improve manufacturing efficiency and explore new materials for clean energy application through state-of-the-art modeling, simulation, and data analysis.
“The HPC4EI program helps researchers and manufacturers harness the raw power of high-performance computing to address some of the most complex challenges in manufacturing and material advancement,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “These projects will improve performance, reduce emissions, and increase the efficiency of clean energy technologies and manufacturing processes, accelerating our transition to a clean energy economy.”
Through the High-Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program, selected teams will help manufacturers shrink their carbon footprint, streamline their processes, and increase innovation—from optimizing the performance of equipment used in chemical manufacturing to improving the fuel efficiency of vehicles. DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office has selected seven projects in the HPC4Mfg program focused on the following topics:
- Reductions in CO2 or CO2-equivalent emissions through electrification, improved carbon-capturing processes, and the integration of low-to-zero carbon fuels
- Improvements in manufacturing processes that result in significant national energy savings and carbon emissions
- Improvements in the lifecycle energy consumption and carbon emissions reduction of products of interest
- Efficiency improvements and carbon emissions reduction in energy conversion and storage technologies
Teams selected through the High-Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program will use high-performance computing to bolster the domestic materials supply chain needed for energy applications, including reduced material costs or improved carbon capture for power plants or clean hydrogen. The Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management has selected three projects focused on the following topics:
- Advanced Structural and Functional Materials for Hydrogen Applications
- Advanced Structural Materials for Carbon Conversion Applications
HPC4EI is the umbrella initiative for the HPC4Mfg Program and HPC4Mtls Program. HPC4Mfg is funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. HPC4Mtls is funded by the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management. HPC4EI is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Visit the HPC4EI website for additional information.