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New R&D funding targets energy efficiency

The Department of Energy is allocating up to US$34.5m for research and development (R&D) into building techologies.

Buildings are the single largest energy-consuming sector in the US economy, representing approximately 75% of the nation’s electricity use and 40% of its total energy demand.

The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) has annouced two funding opportunities: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (Benefit) 2018 and Solid-State Lighting Research.

Benefit 2018 will fund up to US$19.5m for approximately 15-25 cost-shared projects focused on early-stage R&D to enable the development of novel technologies that can improve efficiency, reduce the energy costs of buildings, and facilitate interaction with the electricity grid.

Under this funding opportunity, BTO is interested in six topic areas, including separation technologies such as membranes capable of significantly improving building energy efficiency; development of smart, highly insulating building envelope materials to enable significant reductions in cooling and heating loads; high-performance windows; novel approaches for ‘cyber-physical’systems; testing of next-generation building systems and equipment; and advances in natural gas and other fuel-driven equipment.

Concept papers for Benefit are due no later than 8 June 2018 and full applications are due by 23 August 2018.  

The second funding opportunity, Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Research, will fund up to US$15m for  approximately 10-15 cost-shared projects to conduct early-stage, innovative research to drive further breakthroughs in solid-state lighting technology. Full applications for SSL are due 18 June  2018.


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This article was published on 11 May 2018 (last updated on 11 May 2018).

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