The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced 13 new projects led by small businesses across 10 states to develop clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These clean energy projects—among a total of 73 new projects DOE-wide—will receive up to $1 million each, totaling $13 million, and will help small businesses with promising ideas that could improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, increase transportation sustainability, and generate electricity from renewable sources.
Funded through DOE's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs within the Office of Science, these projects are now in Phase II of the program. Small businesses that demonstrated technical feasibility for innovations during their Phase I grants competed for funding for prototype or processes development during Phase II. In addition, prior Phase II awardees competed for sequential Phase II awards to continue prototype and process development. These projects were selected based on scientific and technical merit, as well as commercial potential.
The 13 small businesses receiving the awards are located in 10 states: California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Among the 13 projects selected for awards are:
- From San Francisco, CA: Sepion Technologies is developing a new battery membrane that enables low-cost and long-lived lithium-ion batteries for transport and other applications.
- From Baltimore, MD: Pixelligent Technologies LLC is developing organic LEDs (OLEDs) that will improve the efficiency, versatility, and competitiveness of OLED lighting and enable a 50% reduction in lighting energy use.
- From Roanoke, VA: Luna Innovations Inc. is developing a fiber optic sensor to measure stress in underground rock to support numerous energy generation markets.