Department of Energy Announces $100 Million for Energy-Water Desalination Hub

Dec 21, 2018

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $100 million in funding to establish an Energy-Water Desalination Hub, aimed at resolving water security issues in the U.S. The Hub will target early-stage desalination research and development (R&D) that will lead to the creation of cheaper desalination methods that can treat “non-traditional” water sources including seawater, brackish water, and produced waters. This technology will reduce the demand on currently taxed freshwater sources.

Earlier this year, Energy Secretary Rick Perry hosted a roundtable discussion at the White House to identify new ways prize competitions can be effectively used to help combat the critical water issues in the U.S. DOE is now working with several interagency partners to further flush out ways to use innovation and R&D to create cleaner water supplies.

The Hub will be overseen by the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, which will fund one award for a five-year period. The selected project will work towards achieving goals in four technical topic areas:

  • Materials Research and Development;
  • New Processes Research and Development;
  • Modeling and Simulation tools;
  • Integrated Data and Analysis

All applications are due February 7, 2019.

To view the funding application and submission requirements, click here: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/default.aspx#FoaId4f2ad83a-6f54-4458-97d8-94e748cb2f14