WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu on a conference call on Monday to announce $5.9 million in funding for Ohio-based energy projects. The funding is distributed through the Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program.
"Clean energy is the future of our nation, but it can also create jobs now - in Ohio," Brown said. "Done right, increased research and development of new clean energy technologies will drive innovation and reduce our dependence on foreign energy. Already in Ohio entrepreneurs and workers are leading the way."
"These innovative ideas will play a critical role in our energy security and economic growth," said Secretary Chu. "It is now more important than ever to invest in a new, clean energy economy."
Below are details on the Ohio energy project that received funding today.
$401,654 for Battelle Memorial Institute, Corporate Operations- Columbus
Vapor Absorption/Adsorption: Cascade Reverse Osmosis and the Absorption Osmosis Cycle: This project will use a new absorption osmosis cycle that uses water as the refrigerant and a salt as the heat absorber. Using reverse osmosis, the approach separates water from a salt solution using an efficient liquid pumping and membrane separation process. This is radically different from traditional cooling technologies that use mechanical compressors, and has the potential to increase the energy efficiency of air conditioning by more than 50 percent.
$3,269,965 for ADMA- Hudson
Dehumidification: High-Efficiency, on-Line Membrane Air Dehumidifier Enabling Sensible Cooling for Warm and Humid Climates: In warm and humid climates, the efficiency of air conditioning decreases significantly in removing the moisture out of the air. This project proposes to dehumidify moist air using a metal foil-like, paper-thin membrane - comprised of a thin layer of ceramic material deposited on a porous metal sheet - that selectively sieves out water molecules at very high flux while blocking air molecules. This would enable higher efficiencies and significant cost savings in cooling technologies.
$2,254,017 for Case Western Reserve University- Cleveland
Capacitors - Automobiles: High-Power Titanate Capacitor for Power Electronics: This project will develop novel capacitors for power electronics in the hybrid electric vehicle and consumer electronics markets. The capacitors are designed with metallic glass that allows spontaneous self-repair. This self-repair allows the devices to be driven to higher voltages and thereby achieve higher energy density. The market for capacitors in power applications is $1.6 billion per year.
ARPA-E's mission is to develop nimble, creative and inventive approaches to transform the global energy landscape while advancing America's technology leadership. ARPA-E was created to support high risk, high reward energy research that can provide transformative new solutions for climate change and energy security. In supporting these teams, ARPA-E seeks to bring together America's brightest energy innovators to pioneer a low cost, secure, and low carbon energy future for the nation.