Industrial emissions account for roughly one third of the nation’s carbon footprint, and the industrial sector is considered one of the most difficult to decarbonize due to the diversity of energy inputs, processes, and operations. The sector’s emissions result not just from fuel for heat and power, but also from feedstocks and processes that are inherently carbon intensive.   

The Industrial Demonstrations Program will fund projects that focus on the highest emitting and hardest to abate industries where decarbonization technologies can have the greatest impact: iron and steel, cement and concrete, chemicals and refining, food and beverage, paper and forest products, aluminum, other energy-intensive manufacturing industries and cross-cutting technologies. Widespread demonstration and deployment of projects within these industries will support President Biden’s initiative to rebuild U.S. leadership in manufacturing as countries, companies, and consumers around the world shift to low- to no-carbon commodities to meet their own decarbonization goals.

Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, the Industrial Demonstrations Program received a combined $6.3 billion to support the advancement of transformational technologies necessary to decarbonize the industrial energy sector. 

Overview

Office:

Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

New Program:

Yes

Funding amount:

$6,300,000,000

Funding Mechanism:

Grant, Cooperative Agreement, or Other

Recipients:

Technology Developers, Industry, Manufacturers, Universities, National Laboratories, Engineering and Construction firms, State and Local Governments, Environmental Groups, and Community Based Organizations

Period of Availability:

Available until expended

More Information

Eligible Uses

Industrial production processes, including technologies and processes that:

  • Achieve emissions reduction in high emissions industrial materials production processes, including production processes for iron, steel, steel mill products, aluminum, cement, concrete, glass, pulp, paper, and industrial ceramics;
  • Achieve emissions reduction in medium- and high-temperature heat generation;
  • Achieve emissions reduction in chemical production processes, including by incorporating, if appropriate and practicable, principles, practices, and methodologies of sustainable chemistry and engineering;
  • Leverage smart manufacturing technologies and principles, digital manufacturing technologies, and advanced data analytics to develop advanced technologies and practices in information, automation, monitoring, computation, sensing, modeling, and networking;
  • Leverage the principles of sustainable manufacturing to minimize the potential negative environmental impacts of manufacturing while conserving energy and resources;
  • Increase the energy efficiency of industrial processes.

Program Announcement

Next Milestone

Estimated application opening date on or about March 2023. 

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