The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced a total of $254 million for decarbonization technologies, particularly those that will aid the decarbonization of industry in the country.
Specifically, the DOE funding is made up of $171 million that are to be distributed among 49 projects across 21 states, the aim of which is to support the development of novel decarbonization technologies and reduce emissions from the industry sector.
These projects will focus on eight topic areas, among which are low-carbon fuels, decarbonizing chemicals, decarbonizing iron and steel, cement and concrete, as well as food manufacturing and forest products.
And the remaining $83 million will be dedicated to slashing emissions from hard-to-decarbonize industrial sectors, which are responsible for roughly a third of the nation’s total carbon dioxide emissions.
“Today’s announcement will help advance the innovative technologies we need to lower costs and improve energy efficiency in America’s factories and industrial centers,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.
“Ensuring America’s industrial sector and its robust workforce remain strong and competitive is key to maintaining our nation’s edge as a global economic powerhouse and accelerating President Biden’s vision of a strong, made-in-America clean energy future.”
The aforementioned 49 projects that have been selected for funding will be managed by DOE’s Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office and will focus on high-impact, applied R&D and pilot-scale validation and demonstration.
Another important part of their efforts is advancing cross-sector industrial decarbonization solutions.