Department of Energy

Energy Department Advances Additional $20 Million in Research Awards

June 1, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced it is honoring additional commitments to 10 previously selected Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awardees for a total of $20 million. These projects are part of an evaluation process that has worked to ensure best practices and good governance principles are applied consistent with the new Administration’s policy directives.

This completes the approval process for projects selected in ARPA-E’s Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) and Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) programs. Four REFUEL projects are also part of DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs, which support groundbreaking technological innovation specifically in the small business community.

NEXTCAR projects will take advantage of the increasingly complex and connected systems in today’s – and tomorrow’s – cars and trucks to drastically improve their energy efficiency, with a goal of reducing individual vehicle energy usage by 20 percent. REFUEL projects will use water, molecules from the air, and electricity from renewable sources to produce high-energy liquid fuels for transportation and other uses. 

Below is additional information on each of the 10 awardees moving forward:

NEXTCAR

Southwest Research Institute – San Antonio, TX: Model Predictive Control for Energy-Efficient Maneuvering Of Connected Autonomous Vehicles Equipped with 12V Micro-Hybrid Engine Technology – $2,900,000

REFUEL

Gas Technology Institute – Des Plaines, IL: A Novel Catalytic Membrane Reactor for DME Synthesis from Renewable Resources – $2,300,000

Giner, Inc. – Newton, MA: High-Efficiency Ammonia Production from Water and Nitrogen – $1,500,000

Sustainable Innovations, LLC – East Hartford, CT: Electricity From an Energy-Dense Carbon-Neutral Energy Carrier – $1,200,000

Wichita State University – Wichita, KS: Alkaline Membrane-Based Ammonia Electrosynthesis with High Efficiency for Renewable and Scalable Liquid-Fuel Production – $855,000

University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, MN: Small Scale Ammonia Synthesis Using Stranded Wind Energy – $2,900,000

REFUEL SBIR/STTR

Bettergy Corporation – Peekskill, NY: Low Temperature Ammonia Cracking Membrane Reactor for Hydrogen Generation – $1,524,607

Molecule Works, Inc. – Richland, WA: Novel Electrochemical Membrane Reactor for Synthesis of NH3 From Air and Water at Low Temperature and Low Pressure – $2,300,000

Opus 12, Inc. – Berkeley, CA: Renewable Electricity-Powered Carbon Dioxide Conversion to Ethanol for Storage and Transportation – $1,903,268

Storagenergy Technologies, Inc. – Salt Lake City, UT: High Rate Ammonia Synthesis by Intermediate Temperature Solid-State Alkaline Electrolyzer (ITSAE) – $2,523,958