As part of the U.S. Administration's effort to spark a renaissance in American manufacturing, the U.S. Department of Energy plans to invest more than $54 million in 13 projects to develop innovative technologies and materials for the industrial sector. The goal is to provide American manufacturers with cutting-edge tools, techniques and processes to compete successfully in the global marketplace.

Clean energy technology “should be invented in America, made in America, and sold around the world," says U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

The 13 selected projects are:
  • Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Allentown, Pa., $1.2 million.
  • American Iron and Steel Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah, $7.12 million.
  • Delphi Automotive Systems LLC, Rochester, N.Y., $3.7 million.
  • General Motors LLC, Warren, Mich., $2.67 million.
  • Lyondell Chemical Co., Newtown Square, Pa., $4.4 million.
  • MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., St. Peters, Mo., $3.68 million.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., $1 million.
  • PolyPlus Battery Co., Berkeley, Calif., $8.99 million.
  • Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, N.C., $4.8 million.
  • Teledyne Scientific and Imaging - Thousand Oaks, Calif., $2.11 million.
  • Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., $9 million.
  • Third Wave Systems Inc., Minneapolis, $4.07 million.
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, $1.46 million.
The companies represent research and development ranging from the early stages of applied research, or proof of concept, up to laboratory testing or prototype verification. All the technologies are at a pre-competitive stage of development, so the technical results will be well-positioned to provide benefits across a broad section of the U.S. economy, the DOE says.