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Energy Department Announces Eleven Projects to Boost Private-Sector Support of Energy Innovation

Last week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $7.8 million in support of eleven projects to unlock private-sector resources for energy innovation. The projects, part of Tech-to-Market’s Innovative Pathways, are designed to address the systemic barriers currently preventing the private sector from more fully supporting energy innovation and bringing new energy technologies to market. The projects will develop and test new ways to integrate emerging technologies into the energy industry and new models to unlock private capital in support of American energy innovation. See the full list of Innovative Pathways projects.

Learn more about Innovative Pathways in our two-part blog series where Tech-to-Market Director Johanna Wolfson looks at what makes innovation in hardware-based legacy sectors like energy so challenging, and how DOE’s Tech-to-Market is reimagining the pathway to market for new energy technologies through Innovative Pathways. 

MIT Student Entrepreneurs Win National Cleantech University Prize Competition with Water Recycling Technology

Infinite Cooling from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) took first place at DOE's 2017 Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) national collegiate business plan competition in Austin, Texas. Infinite Cooling was one of 19 teams to pitch their clean energy business plan to a panel of industry leaders and investors, who in turn provided feedback on how to make these big energy ideas a reality. The team’s innovative, patent-pending technology can reduce power plant water consumption by capturing steam escaping from cooling towers and reintroducing the resulting water into the cooling system. The technology, which uses electric fields to charge and capture the steam, could save power companies millions per year in water costs.

This year’s second place winner was Grox Industries from the University of Arkansas, and third place went to WEAV3D from Georgia Institute of Technology. Learn more about the 2017 Cleantech UP national competition finalists and winning teams.

Piloting the Build4Scale Manufacturing Training

The initial phase of the Build4Scale manufacturing training for hardware innovators has concluded in the creation of more than 30 hours of training materials including a self-assessment, case studies, and interactive exercises. The training covers design for manufacturing, how to engage with suppliers, and much more. The team is now piloting the training with entrepreneurs across the country. Visit the Build4Scale web page for updates, or contact us to get involved in the training.

National Lab Carbon Capture Technology Keeps Beer Bubbling

A group of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are using their carbon capture technology to help craft breweries harness energy savings and increase efficiency. The team discovered this industry application through Tech-to-Market’s Energy I-Corps training program. Watch a video about the project on Tech-to-Market’s blog.

EERE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Announcements

On June 20, DOE announced $8.7 million for SBIR/STTR Phase I grants and nearly $32 million for SBIR/STTR Phase II grants to help small business-led projects to further develop clean energy technologies that have a strong potential for commercialization and job creation.


These projects enable small businesses with promising ideas that could improve manufacturing processes, boost building efficiency, increase transportation sustainability, and generate more electricity from renewable sources, to contribute to American energy security and economic growth by accessing federal research and development funds.

Check Out Tech-to-Market’s Online Resource Modules

Did you know that Tech-to-Market’s web page has “resource modules” to make it easier for innovators, investors, and industry to learn about the programs most relevant to them?
 

Visit Tech-to-Market’s web page for updates on our initiatives and programs.