Recently Funded Projects Related to Water-Energy

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The U.S. Department of Energy has many recent awards under various research Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) related to the water-energ nexus. The FOAs are generally listed in reverse chronological order with tables of projects that were funded from that particular FOA. The this list will be updated as new projects are funded. By matching recent FOAs and the projects funded from them, this list demonstrates the links between water-energy program needs and the eventual research projects addressing those needs.

Advanced Manufacturing Office SBIR - 2015

In support small businesses and innovation research, these water desalination projects will persue a range of cost effective solutions to meet our growing need for more secure sources of water and power. 

Researchers Project Title State
Xergy, Inc. PEM based Vacuum Desalination System DE
Aquaneers Photothermal Solar Cell NY
Advanced Cooling Technologies Solar Thermal Assisted Vacuum Freezing Desalination of Seawater at the Triple Point PA
Hi-Z Technology, Inc. Renewable Energy Forward Osmosis Desalination System CA
Savengy Technologies High Efficiency Condenser with Compressor for Multi-Effect Solar Desalination FL
Polestar Technologies Solar Powered Dewvaporation Desalination System MA
Luna Innovations Nanophotonics Enhanced Direct Solar Membrane Distillation Process for Desalination of Water VA
ITN Energy Systems Economical Self-Powered Portable Clean Energy Desalination System CO
Bioenergy Technologies Office FOA - 2015
Researchers Project Title State
Colorado School of Mines                                               Producing Algae and Co-Products for Energy (PACE)                                                                                                                                                                  CO
Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy ARID FOA- 2015

The Advanced Research In Dry cooling (ARID) program aims to develop low-cost, highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants.

Researchers Project Title State
Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc Heat-Pipe PCM Based Cool Storage for Air Cooled Systems PA
Applied Research Associates, Inc Active Cooling Thermally Inducedd Vapor-Polymerization Effect FL
Colorado State University Ultra-Efficient Turbo-Compression Cooling CO
Electric Power Research Institute, Inc Indirect Dry Cooling Using Recirculating Encapsulated Phase-Change Materials CA
General Electric Company A Low-Cost Heat Pump with Advanced Refrigerannt/Absorbent Separation NY
PARC Metamaterials-Enhanced Passive Radiative Cooling Panels CA
SRI International Spectraly-Tuned All-Polymer Technology for Inducing Cooling Rediative Cooling for Cold Storage CA
Stoney Brook University Condensing Flue Gas Water Vapor for Cool Storage NY
TDA Research, Inc Novel Desiccant Cycle for Flue Gas Water Recovery and Cool Storage CO
University of Cincinnati Enhanced Air-Cooling System with Optimized Asynchronously Cooled Thermal Energy Storage OH
University of Colorado Rediative Cooled-Cold Storage Modules and Systems CO
University of Maryland Novel Microemulsion Absorption Systems for Supplemental Power Plant Cooling


University of Maryland Novel Polymer Composite Heat Exchanger for Dry Cooling of Power Plants MD
University of Wisconsin Optimized Air-Side Heat Transfer Surfaces Via Advanced Additive Manufacturing WI
Office of Fossil Energy FOA- 2014

The Office of Fossile Energy (FE) funded these project in 2014. The projects aim to improve the design, construction, and operation of fossil energy systems.

Researchers Project Title State
Gas Technology Institute Simultaneous Waste Heat and Water Recovery IL
Southern Company Services, Inc Field Demonstration for Cost-Effective Low-Grade Heat Recovery AL
Carnegie Mellon University Forward Osmosis Process Utilizing Low Grade Heat PA
Porifera, Inc Low‐Grade Heat and CO2 at Power Plants for Water Treatment CA
Southern Research Institute Treatment of Produced Water from Carbon Sequestration Sites AL
University of Pittsburgh Membrane Distillation Technology Utilizing Waste Heat for Treatment of High-Salinity Wastewater PA
General Electric Company Water Desalination Using Multiphase Turbo-Expander NY
Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Supercritical System for Efficient Produced Water Treatment and Power Generation IL
Research Triangle Institute Fouling-Resistant Membranes for Treating Concentrated Brines NC
Alstom Power, Inc. Advanced Ultrasupercritical (AUSC) Tube Membrane Panel Development CT
Altex Technologies Corporation Low-Cost Recuperative Heat Exchanger for Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (scCO2) Power Systems CA
Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. High-Temperature Heat Exchangers Component Test Facility Engineering for Advanced Ultrasupercritical Steam Generator Development OH
Brayton Energy, LLC High-Volume Manufacturing Process Development for Low-Cost High-Performance Heat Exchangers for sCO2 Applications NH
Thar Energy LLC Microchannel Heat Exchangers for Fossil-Fired Supercritical CO2 Cycles PA
Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc High Temperature Heat Exchange Design and Fabrication for Systems with Large Pressure Differentials NY
West Virginia University Research Corporation Ceramic High-Temperature Thermoelectric Heat Exchanger and Heat Recuperators WV
Ceralink, Inc. Additive Manufacturing for Cost-Efficient Production of Compact Ceramic Heat Exchangers and Recuperators NY
Salt Lake City Compact, Ceramic Microchannel Heat Exchangers - Ceramatec, Inc UT
Southwest Research Institute Thin Film Primary Surface Heat Exchanger for Advanced Power Cycles TX
Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. Oxidation/Corrosion Model to Predict the Performance of Structural Alloys in Supercritical CO2 NC
The University of Texas at El Paso Open-Cycle Oxy-Combustion System TX
Small Business Innovation Research Program FOA - 2014

In addition to the above research, FE and the Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences (BES), have awarded the following projects directed at reduced water usage in power plants.

Researchers Project Title State
Ultramet Open Cell Foam Dry CoolingHeat Exchangers CA
Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Dry Cooling Efficiency PA
Altex Technologies Corporation Condenser Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop Models for Advanced Low Cost Dry Cooling systems CA
Bioenergy Technologies Office FOA - 2013

An objective of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is to fund research to support outdoor phototrophic algae R&D related to water use in algal production systems. In 2013, BETO released a FOA to provide advancements in sustainable algal production. One of the awarded projects develops water recycling during algal production. (2013 Sustainable Algal Production FOA)

Researchers Project title State
Cal Poly Water and Nutrient Recycling in Algal Biofuels CA
Water Power Program FOA - 2013

In 2013, the Water Power Program release three FOAs (Water Power Program, 2013) specific to the water-energy nexus: the Marine and Hydrokinetics Environmental Effects Assessment and Monitoring, the Marine and Hydrokinetics System Performance Advancement, and the Marine and Hydrokinetic Testing Infrastructure Development. The Water Power Program funded 15 projects associated with the water-energy nexus from three FOAs totaling $15.7 million. (2013 Marine and Hydrokinetics Environmental Effects Assessment and Monitoring FOA, 2013 Marine and Hydrokinetics System Performance Advancement, 2013 Marine and hydrokinetics Testing Infrastructure Development)

Researchers Project Title State
Dehlsen Associates, LLC Control Software for Centipod Wave Device CA
Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC Control System for Grid-connected TidGen System MA
Resolute Marine Energy, Inc Algorithm for Wave Energy Converter MA
ABB, Inc Compact Direct Drive Generator NC
Columbia Power Technologies Power Take-off Module, Drivetrain, and Generator Assembly VA
Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC Advanced Power Take-off System MA
Ocean Energy USA, LLC Cost-effective Hull Design CA
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc Float and Spar Components NJ
University of Maine Fish and TidGen Interactions MA
Electric Power Research Institute, Inc Undersea electricity Transmission and Marine Species CA
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Fish Movements & Tidal Energy Turbines TN
University of Washington Sea Mammals and tidal Turbines WA
Oregon State University Sound Levels from Offshore Energy Installation and Operation OR
H.T. Harvey & Associates Characterize Fish Communities near Wave Energy Deployments CA
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Characterize Electromagnetic Field Emissions CA
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy FOA - 2012

The mission of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough technologies that, if successfully developed, will create the foundation for entirely new industries. In 2012, ARPA-E used an Open FOA to invest in a variety of projects that explore different aspects of the water energy nexus. The three projects totaling $4.5 million are high risk and focus applied research to create real-world solutions to important problems that could provide technological leaps in the water-energy space.(2012 Open FOA)

Researchers Project Title State
Brown University Customized Tidal Power Conversion Devices RI
MIT Scalable Low Power Water Treatment System MA
Harvard University Fuel Bacteria CO2 Water and Solar Energy MA
Yale University Closed Loop System Using Waste Heat Electricity CT
Proton Energy Systems Regenerative Fuel Cells CT
Sea Engineering Measuring Real Time Wave Data Ocean Wave Buoy CA
NanOasis Use Carbon Nanoubes Efficient Reverse Osmosis CA
Sun Catalytix Energy Water and Sunlight MA
University of North Dakota EERC Water Efficient Power Generation ND
university of North Dakota EERC Extracting Magnesium Seawater ND
Algaeventure Systems (AVS) Fuel Algae OH
University of Wisconson Turning sunlight CO2 and Water Fuel WI
Cornell University Efficient Photobioreactor Algae Based Fuel NY
Fuel Cell Technologies Office FOA - 2012

The hydrogen and fuel cell technologies that are required to produce hydrogen are varied. In 2012, the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) used the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funds to support one project to examine using waste water for hydrogen production. (2012 Small Bsiness Innovation Research FOA)

Researchers Project Title State
Various National Labs Systems Analysis N/A
Arbsource Produce Hydrogen from Waste Water AZ
Office of Fossil Energy FOA - 2012/11

The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) often works with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) when issuing FOAs. In 2012 and 2013, NETL released FOAs related to unconventional oil and gas technologies (NETL FOA, 2012 & 2013). The purpose of these FOAs was to usher research to increase domestic oil and natural gas production, assure the reliability of the natural gas delivery system, and produce a cleaner environment through R&D implementation. Because of the water resources needed for oil and gas production and the subsequent water management issues, many FE projects inherently deal with water-energy nexus issues. (NETL 2012 FOANETL 2013 FOA)

Researchers Project Title State
University of Pittsburgh CO2 thickener for improved EOR PA
GroundMetrics, Inc. Depth to Surface Electromagnetic Imaging for Hydrofracturing CA
NETL Real-time sensing for Wellbore Integrity PA
University of Texas at Austin Nanoparticl-stabilized foams TX
Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America FOA - 2011

FE and NETL provide oversight and review of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA). RPSEA was established in 2006 by section 999 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. NETL selected RPSEA to manage the distribution of $375 million over 10 years for research and development to enable new technologies necessary to produce more secure, abundant, and affordable domestic energy supplies and meet the nation‘s growing need for domestic hydrocarbon resources (RPSEA, n.d. a). In 2011, the Small Producers Program FOAs and Unconventional Resources Program FOAs funded 10 projects related to the water-energy nexus totaling $17.1 million. Funding decisions have not yet been made from a 2013 RPSEA FOA. (2011 Small Producers Program FOA, 2011 Unconventional Resources Program FOA)

Researcher Project Title State
GSI Environmental Inc. Air and Stray Gas Emissions and Produced Brine Characterization Canada
Drexel University Advanced Treatment of Shale Gas Fracturing Water PA
The University of Oklahoma Subsurface Brine Disposal OK
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Humidification Dehumidification Treatment Process of Produced Water NM
Utah Geological Survey Produced Water Management Tools UT
The University of Texas at Austin Advanced Particle Gels TX
Gas Technology Institute Advanced Hydraulic Fracturing Methods IL
Colorado School of Mines Web-Based Tool for Unconventional Natural Gas Development CO
Colorado State University Optimized Fluid Management in Shale Gas Operations CO
The University of Missouri Particle Gel Conformance Control MI
Advanced Manufacturing Office FOA - 2011

The mission of the Advance Manufacturing Office (AMO) is to advance manufacturing science and technology to enable rapid, low-cost, energy-efficient manufacturing. Through a 2011 Innovative Manufacturing Initiative FOA, AMO has funded one research project at the water-energy nexus. (2011 Innovative Manufacturing Initiative FOA)

Researchers Project Title State
Research Triangle Institute Advanced, Energy-Efficient Hybrid Membrane System for Industrial Water Reuse NC
Geothermal Technologies Office FOA

The Geothermal Technologies Office funds projects to advance geothermal energy production.

Researchers Project Title State
Argonne National Lab Geothermal Water Use IL
Argonne National Lab Life Cycle Water Consumption and Water Resource Assessment for Utilitie Scale Geothermal Systems IL
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability - 2009

In 2009, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) issued a FOA calling for research related to interconnection-level electric Infrastructure planning (NETL, 2009). Using funds appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the FOA lead to funding for one water-energy project that examines water availability for thermoelectric cooling and competing uses under water stressed conditions.

Researchers Project Title State
Sandia National Lab Interconnection Tranmission Planning NM

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