DOE announces $100 million for clean energy technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced another $100 million for projects with new technologies to help reduce emissions, increase energy efficiency and modernize the grid.

The funding comes from the DOE’s program — Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP).  Projects selected for funding must be considered feasible for widespread commercialization, demonstrate a path to deployment and be attractive to private investment.

This is the second round of SCALEUP funding announced by the federal government. Seven projects received funding through SCALEUP 2019, according to the program’s website:

Autogrid Systems – $2.25 million

Highly Scalable Virtual Power Plant (VPP) PLATFORM for Mass Storage and EV Deployments

Redwood City, CA

2. Bridger Photonics – $4.6 million

Scaling Disruptive Methane Leak Detection and Quantification

Bozeman, MT

3. Cambridge Electronics – $4.3 million

8” 3DGaN FinFET Technology for Energy Efficient Data Centers and 5G Network

Cambridge, MA

4. LongPath Technologies – $5 million

Basin-SCAN: Basin Scale Continuous oil and gas emissions Abatement Network

Boulder, CO

5. Natron Energy – $19.9 million

Domestic Manufacturing of Sodium-Ion Batteries

Santa Clara, CA

6. SkyCool Systems – $3.5 million

Saving Energy in Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Systems Using Radiative Sky Cooling

Mountain View, CA

7. Switched Source – $8.6 million

Scaling Up Cost-Effective Grid Modernization

Vestal, NY

“Transitioning to 100% carbon-free energy will require new technologies that reshape the way we approach everything from heating and cooling our homes to how we power our vehicles,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. “DOE is prioritizing the domestic commercialization of emerging technologies that can accelerate the clean energy transition, reduce our carbon footprint and support small businesses that contribute to America’s manufacturing future.”