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US DOE will fund applied research and development to accelerate decarbonization of US industry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that will support DOE’s efforts to decarbonize the US industrial sector and move the US toward net-zero carbon emissions. The industrial sector currently accounts for one-third of domestic, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. DOE’s new FOA will support the advancement of a range of decarbonization technologies.

Decarbonizing industry presents a difficult challenge, given the wide range of energy inputs and complexity of industrial processes. It will require the US to pursue multiple strategies in parallel. DOE has identified four key pathways to industrial decarbonization: energy efficiency; industrial electrification; low-carbon fuels, feedstocks, and energy sources; and carbon capture, utilization, and storage.

The “Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization FOA” is expected to include the following topics, applying the four industrial decarbonization pathways to energy-intensive American industries where decarbonization technologies could have the greatest impact:

  • Decarbonizing Chemicals: This topic will focus on unit operations, including advanced separations and advanced reactors, and alternative production and process heating technologies to reduce carbon impacts from the production of high-volume chemicals.

  • Decarbonizing Iron and Steel: This topic will focus on advancements that enable decarbonization in ore-based or scrap-based iron and steelmaking operations, and that convert other existing iron and steelmaking ancillary and thermal processes to use clean fuels or electricity.

  • Decarbonizing Food and Beverage Products: This topic will focus on innovative technologies that decarbonize process heating operations within the food and beverage sector.

  • Decarbonizing Cement and Concrete: This topic will focus on next generation cement formulations and process routes, utilization of low carbon fuels, and carbon capture technologies.

  • Decarbonizing Paper and Forest Products: This topic will focus on novel paper and wood drying technologies, and innovative pulping and paper forming technologies.

  • Cross-sector Decarbonization Technologies: This topic will focus on innovations in low-temperature waste heat to power, thermal energy storage, and industrial heat pump technologies.

DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office plans to issue the FOA via EERE Exchange in August 2022. EERE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately 24-36 months.


The Lurking Jerk

American and western industry must not be saddled with govt overreach.... otherwise you won't have that industry for long. Regs have already driven precious metals mining out of the USA, among other industries. Thinking that govt should 'align' all industry under such a draconian regime is folly It's scary. It will simply allow Chinese industry to supplant western industry.


We see why they call you the jerk


For cement and also steel I am keen on where possible replacement of its use, to complement CO2 reduction in their production where this is not possible.

So modern tech can do a great deal with wood for buildings, if the legislation supports this:

The video also does a good job of highlighting the issues and caveats of the technology, as well as the potential.


And here is beautiful bamboo, able with modern treatments against water and insects to be grown at a phenomenal rate, soaking up CO2, in many of the areas of the world where population growth will be fastest, and where labour is cheap to craft it.

That includes South east asia and India/Indonesia, South America and Africa:

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