The US Department of Energy (DOE) plans to provide $256 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support energy efficiency improvements in major industrial sectors across the American economy. The funding is targeted at reducing the energy consumption of the manufacturing and information technology (IT) industries, while creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. Projects being funded under the Recovery Act will focus on three main areas:
Combined Heat and Power, District Energy Systems, Waste Energy Recovery Systems, and Efficient Industrial Equipment ($156 Million). Combined Heat and Power, District Energy, and Waste Energy Recovery deployment and demonstration projects represent proven and effective near-term energy options. These technologies can be deployed in industrial and residential settings to improve efficiency, control costs, and limit greenhouse gas emissions. Combined Heat and Power and District Energy Systems can achieve efficiencies of 80% or better compared to roughly 45% for conventional heat and power production; waste recovery systems have the potential to save 17 gigawatts of energy nationwide annually.
Improved Energy Efficiency for Information and Communication Technology ($50 Million). This project will select and fund applicants to conduct research, development, and demonstration projects to promote new technologies that improve energy efficiency in the ICT sector.
Advanced Materials in Support of Advanced Clean Energy Technologies and Energy-Intensive Processes ($50 Million). DOE will support research, development, and demonstration projects for advanced industrial materials that can be used in fuel flexibility programs, combined heat and power technologies, energy intensive processes, and nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing.
Information on these opportunities and the Funding Opportunity Announcements are available at the DOE Recovery and Reinvestment website.