DOE introduces new office to support clean energy technology

Published on: 23 December 2021 12:00 PM
by KnowESG
Department of Energy
Department of Energy

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The US department of energy launched the office of clean energy demonstrations, a new office of DOE for supporting clean energy technology demonstration projects in areas such as hydrogen, grid-scale energy storage, carbon capture etc. Demonstration projects prove the effectiveness of innovative technologies in real-world conditions at scale.

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The United States Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the creation of the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, a new DOE office that will aid in the implementation of President Biden's bold climate agenda, create new, well-paying jobs for American families and workers, and reduce pollution while benefiting underserved communities.

President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Act allocates more than $20 billion to establish the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations and fund clean energy technology demonstration projects in areas such as clean hydrogen, carbon capture, grid-scale energy storage, small modular reactors, and other areas. Demonstration projects demonstrate the efficacy of new technologies in real-world settings at scale, paving the way for widespread adoption and deployment. The establishment of this office marks a new chapter in DOE's long-standing role as the world's leading driver of clean energy research and development, broadening DOE's reach to address a key innovation gap on the route to net-zero emissions by 2050.

"The Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations will move clean energy technologies out of the lab and into local and regional economies across the country, proving the value of technologies that can deliver for communities, businesses, and markets," said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, citing the investments made by Congress in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. "To invest in cutting-edge renewable energy initiatives, this new office will hire the smartest and brightest personnel, and DOE is inviting anybody committed to addressing the climate issue to roll up their sleeves and join us."

"President Biden's commitment to assist Americans to turn on the lights in their homes, drive to work, and power their businesses with clean, cheap, and sustainable energy is reflected in the creation of this new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations." Mitch Landrieu, White House Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator, stated, "This office will make life easier and safer for Americans across the country."

This funding for the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations comes from the $62 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which will boost DOE's work on sustainable energy demonstrations and bring cutting-edge clean technologies to communities and companies around the country. These demonstrations will fund projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars or billions of dollars, and they will spur substantial private-sector investment in deploying these technologies, bringing clean energy and good-paying jobs to communities around the country.

President Biden's Justice40 initiative aims to deliver 40% of clean energy investment benefits to disadvantaged communities and those experiencing the first and worst impacts of climate change, and the office's programmes include billions of dollars to invest in demonstration projects in rural areas and economically hard-hit communities. To help shape programme development and execution, the office will regularly engage environmental justice organisations, labour unions, and communities. In addition to the large-scale projects, DOE will continue to fund a slew of smaller-scale pilots and demonstrations to help the administration achieve its climate goals.