DOE funding helps commercialize promising energy technologies

By Erin Voegele | September 14, 2017

On Sept. 13, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $19.7 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from the DOE’s national laboratories to the marketplace.

The funding, awarded through the Office of Technology Transition’s Technology Commercialization Fund, will support 54 projects across 12 national labs involving more than 30 private-sector partners. The DOE said it is the second department-wide round of funding offered through the program.

The FCF works to expand the commercial impact of DOE’s portfolio of research, development, demonstration and deployment activities. National lab proposals for this round of the TFC cover two topic areas. The first is for projects for with additional technology maturation is needed to attract a private partner. The second cooperative development projects between a lab and industry partners designed to bolster the commercial application of a lab developed technology. Projects selected for the TCF will receive at least an equal amount of non-federal funds to match the federal investment.

“Accelerating the transition of energy technologies from the laboratory bench to the marketplace is an important component of increasing America’s economic prosperity and energy security,” said Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “This second round of TCF projects highlight the incredible value of DOE’s National Laboratories and the importance of bringing the Department’s technology transfer mission to the American people.”

Several bioenergy-related projects were selected to receive funds, including:

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Cooperative Development of a High Efficiency Anaerobic Electroporation Apparatus for Biofuel Generation from Waste Gases, $499,000, Lanzatech

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- Microencapsulated Sorbents for Biogas Upgrading, $150,000

National Energy Technology Laboratory
- Commercialization of Immobilized Amino-Siliane/Amine or Biochar Sorbents for the Capture of Carbon Dioxide from Various Methane Gas Streams, $750,000, BioEnergy Development LLC

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) to Scale the Manufacturing of Tailored and Robust Catalysts for Biofuel and Biochemical Production, $150,000
- Biomaterials from Non-Woody Biomass, $500,000, Sustainable Fiber Technologies

A full list of the 54 projects that were awarded funding is available on the DOE website.