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DOE’s Technology Commercialization Fund Allocates $6.1M for Clean Transportation and Bioenergy Advancements Across 10 New Projects


A core responsibility of the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) is to oversee the expenditure of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) technology transfer funds. As such, OTT is responsible for implementing the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The goal of TCF is to promote promising energy technologies for commercial purposes.

DOE has reinforced its commitment to fostering clean energy innovations with two significant funding announcements from its Base Annual Appropriations TCF. With a total allocation of $6.1 million, the DOE is set to propel forward a combined ten new projects selected for their potential to revolutionize the future of transportation and bioenergy. The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) is championing six of these projects with an emphasis on clean transportation technologies, while the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is spearheading the remaining four, focusing on cutting-edge bioenergy solutions to reduce carbon emissions across multiple sectors.


$2.5 Million Awarded to Accelerate Commercialization of Bioenergy Technologies

BETO announced $2.5 million in funding, with an industry match of $2.5 million, for four projects selected from the Base Annual Appropriations TCF. With this funding, DOE national laboratories and industry will partner to advance lab-developed clean bioenergy technologies towards commercialization to reduce carbon intensity in the transportation, industrial, and/or agriculture sectors.

$3.6 Million Awarded to Streamline Commercialization of Clean Transportation Technologies

VTO announced $3.6 million in funding, with an industry match of $3.6 million, for six projects selected from the Base Annual Appropriations TCF. With this funding, industry and DOE national laboratories will partner to advance lab-developed clean transportation technologies towards commercialization in technology areas, including vehicle electrification, batteries, materials, decarbonized off-road vehicles, and energy efficient mobility systems.

Learn more about TCF here.

OTT Success Story – SPARK Cleantech Accelerator Bolsters Innovation for Tennessee Region

We’ve been catching up with past participants of our programs to learn where they are today and how participation an OTT program shaped their commercialization journeys.

The SPARK Cleantech Accelerator, a new accelerator focused on startups in the Tennessee region that was formed through OTT’s Energy Program for Innovation Clusters. The accelerator provides lab space and mentorship for teams while also taking advantage of nearby resources such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm’s research ecosystem, and the electric utility Tennessee Valley Authority. We learn about the origin story behind SPARK Cleantech Accelerator, why the team sees a unique opportunity in the region and plans to continue to grow the cleantech innovation ecosystem moving forward.

Read the full story here. 

MAKE IT Prize Strategies Track Webinar

The Manufacture of Advanced Key Energy Infrastructure Technologies (MAKE IT) Prize aims to catalyze domestic manufacturing of critical clean energy technology components, moving manufacturing facilities from planning to shovel-ready and enabling strategies for vibrant manufacturing activities in communities. This prize, developed by the Office of Technology Transitions in partnership with the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has a prize pool of approximately $30 million spread across two tracks: Facilities and Strategies.

The Strategies Track aims to help build interest and engagement around manufacturing clean energy technologies and expand the potential for more clean energy jobs and economic opportunity. In this track, competitors will be asked to develop a roadmap to establishing clean energy manufacturing in their region and get a letter of commitment from an entity interested in establishing a facility in their region.

The webinar will give an overview of the Strategies Track and its phases, timelines, and submission requirements. Interested competitors can ask questions during the Q&A.

Register for the webinar here.