The US Department of Energy has awarded $12.3 million to 21 research projects aimed at advancing energy efficiency and clean energy technologies.
Key technology areas that will be addresses include:
- Solid state lighting
- Membranes that produce hydrogen
- Advanced fuel cells and chemicals
- Solid oxide fuel cells
- Sensors and controls
The projects will be managed by universities and companies and will target developments in:
- Materials, including developing higher-performance and less-expensive materials for energy-efficient lighting such as electro-optical and luminous substances, membranes for hydrogen production, and cathode materials used in fuel cell production;
- Fuels and Chemicals, including computational chemistry and synthesis gas science needed to make better, cleaner fuels from synthetic gas;
- Sensors and Controls, including process optimization, emissions reduction and sequestration, extreme environments (FE applications) to building systems integration (EERE applications) and embedded sensors could benefit from projects in this area; and
- Energy Conversion, including converting heat into electricity by advancing research in motor-control and power-conversion technologies as well as direct thermal-to-electric energy converters.
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