It is part of an initiative by DOE to stimulate cutting-edge research into new low-carbon energy sources. The funding was announced at an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Cabinet meeting today by Vice President Joe Biden.
"By investing in our top researchers, we're not only continuing in the spirit of American innovation, but helping build a competitive American clean energy industry that will create secure jobs here at home for years to come," said Biden in a press release.
Among other projects that were funded are efforts to capture carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants using special absorbents.
Another is to develop a new generation of ultra-high-density, low-cost batteries in a field that is largely stagnating. About $5 million went to ReVolt Technology for its zinc-air batteries, produced in Portland, Ore.
"ReVolt's Recovery Act award, announced today, allows us to accelerate the expansion of our Portland presence," said James McDougall, the company's CEO.
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