The US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced it will offer up to US$9 million to small businesses through the department’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. This initiative has been established to enable 50 enterprises to advance their energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
The areas that will be offered funding include solar energy, wind and water technologies, biomass, hydrogen and fuel cells, energy-efficient buildings and advanced manufacturing. The Energy Department will fund selected small businesses with one-year awards of up to US$150,000 to explore the feasibility of innovative clean energy concepts. Awardees with successful projects will have the opportunity to compete for more than US$1 million in follow-on-funding. The businesses that win awards in these programs keep the rights to any technologies they develop and are encouraged to commercialize them.
Detailed application instructions, including eligibility requirements, can be found on EERE's Funding Opportunity Exchange website under Reference Number DE-FOA-0000715.