DOE to support SCALEUP program with $100M to boost clean energy tech


DOE, the Department of Energy, will commit $100 million in funding for its SCALEUP program. SCALEUP stands for Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential, a program that intends to advance the deployment of cutting-edge clean energy technologies.

Firstly, today’s announcement involves $100 million supporting novel technologies that can significantly change how communities, industries, and businesses reduce emissions. It will also promote energy efficiency and grid modernization.

Moreover, through its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the DOE administrates the program; which aims to support President Biden’s Building a Better America agenda by lowering emissions; generating good-paying jobs, and securing U.S. leadership on clean energy technologies.

Consequently, the SCALEUP program will provide further funding to previous ARPA-E awardees; to those that have been determined to be feasible for widespread deployment and commercialization domestically. In this regard, the new selectees will demonstrate a viable path to commercial deployment; and the ability to attract private sector investments.

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DOE to focus on grid modernization, methane detection and more

Moreover, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said about the matter. “Transitioning to 100% carbon-free energy will require new technologies that reshape the way we approach everything from heating and cooling our homes to how we power our vehicles.”

She also remarked. “DOE is prioritizing the domestic commercialization of emerging technologies that can accelerate the clean energy transition, reduce our carbon footprint and support small businesses that contribute to America’s manufacturing future.”

On the other hand, some of the projects awarded with the new SCALEUP funding include the improvement of the electricity grid’s reliability and resiliency through a new generation of distribution technologies.

Finally, the funding will also focus on changing how methane emissions are detected and managed to enable rapid mitigation all across the natural gas supply chain. It will also focus on creating new sodium-based battery technology to make it safer and low-cost.

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