Lucky $26m green recipients

Is $26m enough to partially fund development of new energy efficient industrial processing?

The US Department of Energy (DOE) seems to think so and has given the three-year funding to be shared by eight lucky projects:

  • Energy Reduction and Advanced Water Removal via Membrane Solvent Extraction Technology for $5.6m by 3M company.
  • Thermochemical Recuperation for High Temperature Furnaces for $4.6m by American Iron and Steel Institute.
  • Paired Straight Hearth (PSH) furnace for $1.51m also by American Iron and Steel Institute. PSH furnace is said to be an alternative to the energy and carbon-intensive blast furnace commonly used to make steel.
  • Induction Consolidation/Molding of Thermoplastic Composites using Smart Susceptors for $4.1m by Boeing Company.
  • Prototyping Energy Efficient Thermo-magnetic and Induction Hardening for Heat Treat and Net-Shape Forming applications for $4.3m by Eaton Corporation.

  • Electrohydraulic Forming of Near-Net Shape Automotive Panels for $3.7m by Ford Motor Company.

  • Inorganic Membranes for Refinery Gas Separations for $897,265 by Media and Process Technologies, Inc.

  • Ultra-Efficient and Power Dense Electric Motors for $1.9m by Reliance Electric Company.

I’m just glad that our tax dollars are going to good purposes although I heard a rumor that the DOE’s funding process is so convoluted and lagging that one company noted that it is sometimes better to find other fundings elsewhere to get research going.

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