The Department of Energy recently announced the establishment of a new office aimed at supporting clean energy technology demonstration projects in areas such as advanced nuclear reactors, clean hydrogen, carbon capture, and grid-scale energy storage.
A creation of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill signed into law by President Biden last November, the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations boasts a $21.5 billion budget, including $2.4 billion for the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program.
According to a DOE fact sheet, the office’s budget also includes $8 billion for clean hydrogen; over $10 billion for carbon capture, direct air capture, and industrial emission reduction; $1 billion for demonstration projects in rural areas; and $500 million for projects in economically hard-hit communities.
The official words: “Thanks to the investments Congress made in the bipartisan infrastructure law, the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations will move clean energy technologies out of the lab and into local and regional economies across the country, proving the value of technologies that can deliver for communities, businesses, and markets,” said energy secretary Jennifer Granholm. “This new office will hire the best and brightest talent to invest in cutting-edge clean energy projects, and DOE is calling on anyone dedicated to addressing the climate crisis to roll up their sleeves and join us.”
Mitch Landrieu, White House senior advisor and infrastructure implementation coordinator, commented, “This new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations reflects President Biden’s commitment to help Americans turn on the lights in their homes, drive to work, and power their businesses using clean, affordable, and sustainable energy. This office will make life easier and safer for Americans all across the country.”