EERE Helps American Small Businesses with $21.8 Million for Phase I Innovation Projects

May 20, 2019

American small businesses got a nearly $22 million boost from DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Small Business Innovation Research program. These small businesses will receive Phase I Release 2 grants that demonstrate technical feasibility for innovations during the first phase of their research. Two wind energy projects were selected for grants:

  • Carbon Rivers LLC of Knoxville, Tennessee, will research an innovative, energy-saving process to repurpose waste from end-of-life wind turbine blades.
  • Qualtech Systems, Inc. of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, will develop a system that allows operators of offshore wind plants to monitor their turbines and diagnose problems remotely, which will reduce unplanned downtime and support more efficient operations and maintenance.