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# DOE Funds Carbon Capture, Hydrogen, Wind Projects

February 15, 2023 by Shannon Cuthrell

## The U.S. Department of Energy’s latest funding announcements include carbon capture and storage, hydrogen fuel cells, and wind turbines.

Since hydrogen produces little to no emissions, it’s an area well suited to contribute to the Biden administration’s goal of reaching 100% renewable energy by 2035. Cost is a critical barrier in this market, though. Late last year, the DOE announced it would draw $750 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for clean hydrogen funding. This latest funding opportunity is part of that investment, administered through the DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office. The program will fund research involving hydrogen delivery, storage systems, and fuel cells for heavy-duty trucks. The DOE plans to extend financial assistance awards via cooperative agreements. ### Wind Turbine Materials Another funding opportunity announcement topping$30 million aims to lower the cost of efficient wind turbine performance by supporting the domestic manufacturing of materials such as lightweight composites. This involves refining 3-D printing processes for prototyping and testing large wind blades and applying additive manufacturing with polymers, ceramics, metals, and composite systems to non-blade components, such as drivetrains or floating platforms for offshore wind.

##### Vestas wind turbine. Image used courtesy of Pixabay

To that end, the DOE is limiting its funding to three categories: additive manufacturing for large wind blades that expands on existing polymer-based processes; additive manufacturing and design/process integration for non-blade components; and meeting the remaining challenges of large wind blade manufacturing, construction/materials, and sustainability.

The awards are expected to extend for two to three years. Interested applicants can submit concept papers through March 23.