Renewable energy inventions in the United States are among the recipients of $30 million in funding from the Department of Energy (DOE).
WASHINGTON, DC – The money will be invested in industrial research, development and demonstration partnerships over the next three years and affect 75 projects, says DOE Secretary Bill Richardson. DOE will share the cost of most projects with universities, research institutions, 150 private companies and its own national laboratories. “These technologies will improve productivity, save energy and reduce environmental impacts in many energy-intensive industries in the U.S. today,” says Richardson. “Reducing energy demand is crucial to reducing the high price of energy today.” Among the funding is $40,000 over two years to RSV Invention Enterprises of Federal Way, Washington, to develop low-cost inflatable support heliostats that will enable the generation of electricity from cost-effective large-scale solar thermal systems. Another project is $200,000 to JX Chrystals of Issaquah, Washington, to develop theremophotovoltaic electric power generation using exhaust heat in the glass, steel and metal- casting industries. Another $200,000 will go to FuelCell Technologies of New Milford, Connecticut to develop a prototype of an industrial fuel cell micro generator, and $40,000 will go to Chameleon Optics of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to develop an electrochromic window film. DOE’s National Industrial Competitiveness through Energy, Environment & Economics (NICE3) program encourages industry to reduce energy use and waste at its source by providing grants through state agencies. The grants help U.S. companies overcome regulatory, economic and other barriers by demonstrating and commercializing innovative, energy-saving technologies. DOE’s Invention & Innovation program encourages inventors and entrepreneurs to bring their energy-saving ideas and technologies to the marketplace by locating technical partners, commercial sponsors and additional funding sources. The program provides technical guidance for project development planning and management; regional, state, and local level support for economic development as well as regional training and learning centers for business planning.