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Weekly Clean Energy Roundup: March 22, 2011

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  • i6 Green Challenge Launched
  • DOE Fellowships to Support Next Generation of Clean Energy Innovators
  • Grant Helps Propel Innovative Wind Energy Small Business
  • A Biofuels First: Producing Isobutanol from Cellulose

  • i6 Green Challenge Launched

    DOE joined with the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration and its Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship on March 10 to kickoff the $12 million i6 Green Challenge.

    The 2nd annual i6 Green Challenge focuses rewards innovative, ground-breaking ideas that enable technology commercialization, new venture formation, green job creation, and economic growth.

    The funding supports six regional teams with the most innovative ideas to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in renewable energy, energy efficiency and green building technology/manufacturing, materials reuse/recycling, and environmental restoration.

    It aims to promote collaboration in each region by encouraging and rewarding innovative Proof-of-Concept Centers, which accelerate technology commercialization by assisting entrepreneurs and existing companies. The proposed centers should help to solve problems that impede technology commercialization in a given region.

    The partnership also includes the USDA, EPA, National Science Foundation, the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    Letters of intent are due by May 2, and the deadline to submit a full application is May 26. See the DOE press release, the federal funding opportunity announcement , and the i6 Green Challenge website.

    DOE Fellowships to Support Next Generation of Clean Energy Innovators

    On March 10, DOE announced two fellowship programs designed to attract the best and brightest scientific minds in the US to work on advanced renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

    The Postdoctoral Fellowships Program and the SunShot Initiative Fellowships Program will prepare scientists and engineers for careers in clean energy. These programs will increase U.S. economic competitiveness and support job growth by promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education.

    Under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, DOE is seeking up to 20 postdoctoral fellows whose academic careers have focused on: building efficiency, industrial efficiency, advanced vehicles, fuel cells, wind or water power, or biomass, geothermal, or solar energy.

    The 2-year program will support research and development of breakthrough technologies, by encouraging fellows to pursue innovative, independent projects in addition to the specific research project area selected by the fellow when applying to the program. Applications for EERE Postdoctoral Fellowships are due June 30. Fellowships will begin by mid-November and will last up to two years. See the EERE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program website.

    The SunShot Initiative Fellowships Program will select either recent Masters or Ph.D. graduates to focus on critical technology innovations that will advance the SunShot goal of a 75% reduction in the total cost of solar energy systems by the end of the decade.

    Those selected will aggressively drive innovations in the ways solar systems are conceived, designed, manufactured, and installed. They will work at DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Program headquarters in Washington, DC, and will help develop new research and development programs to achieve the cost-cutting goal. See the DOE press release, the SunShot Initiative Fellowship Program website, and the SunShot Initiative website.

    Grant Helps Propel Innovative Wind Energy Small Business

    Wind Tower Systems, a subsidiary of Wasatch Wind, was founded in 2002 to research, develop and commercialize new ways to make lighter, taller, and easier-to-assemble land-based wind turbines.

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