The Department of Energy announced USD 24.5 million in funding to support domestic manufacturing of electricity infrastructure. Two funding opportunities will finance R&D of materials and technologies for helping the expansion of the grid and accommodate variable energy sources.
The "Flow Battery Systems Manufacturing" funding opportunity will award up to USD 20 million for R&D projects focusing on flow battery systems.
The Conductivity-enhanced materials for Affordable, Breakthrough Leapfrog Electric applications (CABLE) Conductor Manufacturing Prize will support the commercialization of affordable, manufacturable materials that will conduct electricity more efficiently than current conductors. CABLE is a three-stage, three-year prize that will award up to $4.5 million in cash and vouchers to competitors who will identify and verify new materials and methods to achieve significant enhancements in conductivity. Competitors must also offer a pathway to produce the new conductivity-enhanced material affordably.