The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today up to $100 million in funding for transformative clean energy technology research and development, in support of the Biden Administration’s climate innovation agenda. The DOE also announced that it will participate in the White House’s newly established National Climate Task Force’s Climate Innovation Working Group.
The funding will be made available via the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) OPEN 2021 initiative, aiming to foster innovative clean energy technologies in order to address climate change. According to the DOE, prior ARPA-E awardees have gone on to achieve breakthroughs in commercializing a variety of energy solutions, including in the development of transformative solar, geothermal, batteries, biofuels and advanced surface coating technologies.
DOE Chief of Staff Tarak Shah, said:
“Today we are inviting scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and creative thinkers around America to join us in developing the energy technologies we need to tackle the climate crisis and build a more equitable clean energy economy. The Department of Energy is committed to empowering innovators to develop bold solutions that will help America achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 while creating millions of good-paying jobs that benefit all Americans.”
As part of the Climate Innovation Working Group, the DOE will participate in federal government-wide efforts to foster affordable, game-changing technologies that can help the country achieve the President’s goal of net zero economy-wide emissions by 2050. The working group will also emphasize research to bolster and build domestic clean energy supply chains and strengthen American manufacturing.