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Funding for Renewable Energy Inventors

September 11, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Nine new projects to develop energy-saving inventions and ideas will receive a total of more than US$1.5 million in funds from DOE’s Inventions and Innovation Program. The program announced the selections last week following a competitive solicitation that had yielded 252 proposals. Of the nine winning proposals, four are concepts that are in early development, including carbon dioxide sensors that use nanotechnology, a device for improving the aerodynamics of tractor trailers, and a more efficient technique for remelting aluminum scrap. Five proposals are for inventions moving toward prototype development or commercialization, including high-temperature fuel cell components, a variable-length wind turbine blade, a utility-interactive inverter for distributed power sources, and a high efficiency system for regenerating liquid desiccants, which are used to remove moisture from air in some energy-efficient air conditioning systems.