DOE Announces $1 Million for International Collaboration on Industrial Energy Efficiency

May 11, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $1 million in available funding for one or two U.S.-based organizations to train energy assessors, who will assist manufacturing facilities in China and India to reduce their energy use. Under the program, competitively selected energy efficiency experts will work with engineers and energy managers abroad to provide technical assistance, share best practices, and create opportunities to deploy state-of-the-art, U.S.-made energy efficiency technologies and services. The one year program will focus on energy-intensive industries such as aluminum, steel, and cement manufacturing.

The trainings will be directed towards prospective energy assessors, including local engineers and factory personnel, and will cover topics such as energy management, energy system best practices, plant assessment techniques, ways to implement energy efficiency projects, and software tools to help facility operators select the best energy efficiency upgrades for their systems. The effort is funded by the U.S. Department of State but managed by DOE to take advantage of the Department’s technical expertise in industrial energy efficiency.

Accelerating the international demand for energy-efficient products, especially in rapidly developing countries like China and India, will open up new markets for American clean energy technologies and services. Industrial facilities account for almost 40 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions and one third of global energy use. This program will grow the market for industrial efficiency products, creating new opportunities for American workers and helping to bolster U.S. leadership in a growing global industry.

This funding opportunity is open to organizations including companies, national labs, NGOs, and universities. DOE will evaluate applications based on the metrics and guidelines published in the solicitation and will award funding on a competitive basis. A description of the solicitation, eligibility requirements and application instructions can be found on the FedConnect website and the Grants.gov website under Reference Number DE-FOA-0000531. DOE requests letters of intent by June 9, 2011. Completed applications are due Thursday, June 16, 2011.

The solicitation is issued by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) International Program. The program engages in a variety of international initiatives, partnerships and events that can contribute to advancing goals of EERE domestic programs and promote greater understanding and utilization of renewable energy and energy efficiency worldwide. For more information, please visit the EERE International website.