U.S. Department of Energy Announces $100 Million to Support Commercialization of Clean Energy Technologies
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $100 million in funding to support President Biden’s commitment to support clean energy technologies by providing a path to market for promising technologies. Developing and deploying innovative energy technologies is key to achieving the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals to deliver a clean energy future and achieve net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.
“ARPA-E’s SCALEUP program has successfully demonstrated what can happen when technical experts are empowered with the commercialization support to develop a strong pathway to market” said ARPA-E Director Evelyn N. Wang. “I’m excited that we are building on the success of this effort with the third installment of SCALEUP, and I look forward to what the third cohort of teams accomplish.”
The Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) program provides new funding to previous Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awardees that are determined to have a viable road to market. To be selected, SCALEUP selectees must deliver a workable path to commercial deployment and the ability to attract private sector investments.
In 2019, ARPA-E issued its first SCALEUP funding opportunity, which paved the way for advancing technologies aimed at improving the electric grid’s reliability and resiliency; changing the way methane emissions are discovered and mitigated; creating next generation battery technology; and accelerating grid storage and electric vehicle adoption. One of the project teams from the initial SCALEUP—Sila, a next-generation battery materials company—was later selected for $100 million in funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to support the build-out of a facility in Moses Lake, Washington. Early ARPA-E funding and SCALEUP support were instrumental in the company’s success, and continued support demonstrates how critical President Biden’s whole-of-government strategy is to supporting energy technology from early stages, such as R&D, to full-scale deployment.
In 2021, ARPA-E issued the second iteration of SCALEUP, which supported work in hybrid electric aircraft; high-power density magnetic components; efficient, cost-effective and compact U.S.-manufactured electric vehicle charging equipment; wood as strong as steel; and geomechanical pumped storage.
Visit the ARPA-E eXCHANGE website for more information about SCALEUP 2023, including key guidelines and dates for applicants.