U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced that the Department of Energy will award 105 grants totaling $116 million to 92 small businesses in 31 states. These awards include two in Georgia totaling $2 million. Funded through DOE's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, these selections are for Phase II research and development.
"As our country reopens, small businesses will play a critical role in the Nation's economic recovery," said Secretary Brouillette. "I am pleased the Department can aid in this recovery through the SBIR and STTR grant programs, which are helping spur growth by providing meaningful financial investment for innovative energy and science R&D at American small businesses."
Small businesses that demonstrated technical feasibility for innovations during their Phase I grants competed for funding for prototype or processes development during Phase II. In addition, prior Phase II awardees competed for second or third Phase II awards to continue prototype and process development. The median Phase II award is $1,100,000 for a period of two years.
Below are the grants for Georgia:
Fossil Energy. Automated Data Collection and Transmission System for Subsurface CO2 Monitoring: End-to-End Solution using Multi-Modal Composite Compression. This proposal solves a critical need to enable real-time monitoring of the subsurface carbon storage, geothermal energy, and oil and gas applications. Petrolern LLC is developing a unique technology that provides a swift and low-cost solution to collect, compress, and transmit large volumes of sensory data.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Resilient Solar Racking System to Provide Consistent Electricity to Regions Impacted by Natural Disasters. Quest Renewables, Inc. developed a storm-resilient solar racking system capable of producing clean energy immediately following a direct hit from a Category-5 hurricane, reducing loss-of-life, lowering recovery costs, and accelerating time to recovery. SBIR Phase II funds will enable commercial adoption of the prototype resulting in $106 million in federal tax revenue over the next 10 years.
Small businesses play a major role in spurring innovation and creating jobs in the U.S. economy. The SBIR and STTR programs were created by Congress to leverage small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies.