DOE Publicizes RFI On Bettering Battery Essential Supplies Provide Chains
On June 29, 2020, the US (U.S.) Division of Vitality’s (DOE) Workplace of Vitality Effectivity and Renewable Vitality (EERE) printed a request for data (RFI) on challenges and alternatives within the up- and mid-stream essential supplies battery provide chains. As demand for essential supplies corresponding to lithium and cobalt for the manufacturing of batteries continues to develop, DOE is in search of methods to cut back U.S. dependence on essential supplies. In line with DOE’s EERE, it’s going to obtain this purpose by lowering the quantity of essential supplies wanted for battery manufacturing and recycling supplies which might be already in use. Consequently, the RFI is in search of enter on the present state of the battery cathode supplies provide chains, in addition to alternatives for near-term and long-term analysis and growth (R&D). Responses to the RFI should be submitted by July 31, 2020, and might be thought of within the growth of the R&D federal technique.
DOE’s Assistant Secretary for EERE, Daniel R. Simmons, said that “Innovation in our home industries and continued funding by DOE packages will assist strengthen our nation’s means to fabricate and recycle these supplies, and work towards extra sturdy home provide chains.” His assertion and the RFI itself are in response to President Donald J. Trumps’ Govt Order 13817, titled “A Federal Technique to Guarantee Safe and Dependable Provides of Essential Minerals.”
Home Choose Committee On Local weather Disaster Publishes Report On Motion Plan For A Clear Vitality Economic system
This June, the Home Choose Committee on Local weather Disaster launched a report titled “Fixing the Local weather Disaster: The Congressional Motion Plan for a Clear Vitality Economic system and a Wholesome, Resilient, and Simply America.” Offering a street map for Congress to observe, the motion plan has three principal targets:
Reaching 100 % clear, web zero emissions economy-wide within the U.S. by 2050;
Establishing bold interim targets to evaluate progress and cut back air pollution in environmental justice communities; and
Attaining net-negative emissions through the second half of the century.
The motion plan consists of a complete set of coverage suggestions for Congressional motion aggressively to cut back carbon air pollution as rapidly as potential whereas making communities extra resilient to the impacts of local weather change and constructing a clear vitality economic system. Efficiently carried out, the Choose Committee’s motion plan would at minimal:
The Local weather Disaster Motion Plan calls on Congress not solely to develop the U.S. economic system and put Individuals to work in clear vitality jobs, but in addition to guard household well being, shield U.S. land and waters for the subsequent technology, and make sure that communities and farmers can stand up to local weather change impacts. The complete report is accessible right here.
DOE Publicizes RFP For R&D Initiatives Supporting H2@Scale
On July 1, 2020, DOE’s EERE introduced a request for proposals (RFP) for R&D initiatives that help DOE’s H2@Scale imaginative and prescient for large-scale, inexpensive hydrogen manufacturing, storage, distribution, and utilization throughout numerous sectors. H2@Scale is an initiative centered on exploring the potential for wide-scale hydrogen manufacturing and utilization in the US to allow resilience and sustainability of the facility technology and transmission sectors. The initiative’s purpose is to align numerous multibillion-dollar home industries with home competitiveness and job creation. The RFP comes from the Nationwide Renewable Vitality Laboratory (NREL) and DOE’s Hydrogen and Gasoline Cell Applied sciences Workplace (HFTO). Two areas of R&D are of specific curiosity to NREL and HFTO:
HFTO will fund NREL companies, employees time, and amenities essential to help every chosen undertaking. Chosen initiatives should embody a number of Nationwide Laboratories and should embody companions from a number of of the next: universities, industries, non-profits, associations, institutes, codes and requirements organizations, or different related stakeholders. Proposals should be submitted on or previous to July 31, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).
ORNL Points NOO For Small Companies
On July 1, 2020, DOE’s EERE introduced that the Oak Ridge Nationwide Laboratory (ORNL) issued a Discover of Alternative (NOO) offering small companies and different business companions with extra inexpensive entry to ORNL’s Constructing Applied sciences Analysis and Integration Middle (BTRIC). The NOO permits small companies to undertake collaborative, short-term R&D initiatives that speed up the event of latest energy-efficient constructing applied sciences. Funded by DOE’s Constructing Applied sciences Workplace (BTO), chosen individuals could have entry to ORNL’s skilled employees, gear, and analysis capabilities. This NOO is especially designed to considerably cut back the time, price, and danger of bringing a novel product to market and to speed up and streamline partnering processes. Every undertaking price share might be decreased from 50 % to 20 % to encourage innovation regardless of financial hardships attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ORNL is requesting proposals from business to evaluate whether or not their technological approaches might contribute to BTO’s purpose of 30 % discount in constructing vitality utilization by 2030 relative to the 2010 baseline. Expertise areas of curiosity embody:
Heating, air flow, and air con (HVAC), water heating, and home equipment;
DOE Selects Initiatives For R&D In Efficiency-Advantaged Biofuel Blendstocks
On July 2, 2020, DOE introduced that it has chosen seven initiatives to conduct R&D to speed up the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks. A complete of $1.94 million in funding is accessible for the initiatives, which is able to leverage Nationwide Laboratory capabilities as a part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. The Co-Optima initiative focuses on simultaneous improvements in fuels and engines that may enhance gasoline economic system and car efficiency whereas lowering emissions.
Every of the Co-Optima initiative awardees will obtain as much as $300,000 in Nationwide Laboratory help for experimental or computational initiatives that leverage:
Every awardee has dedicated to a 20 % price share contribution.
Assistant Secretary for DOE’s EERE, Daniel R. Simmons, said that “[t]hese initiatives are designed to assist enhance vitality effectivity for passenger automobiles by way of the usage of biofuels, translating into financial savings on the pump.”