The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $175 million (£129m) of funding for research and development projects aimed at developing “disruptive clean energy” technologies.
The 68 selected projects, spanning 22 states, will advance technologies for a wide range of areas, including EVs, offshore wind, storage and nuclear recycling.
They will focus on technologies such as revolutionising fuel cells for light and heavy-duty vehicles and technologies to generate less nuclear waste and reduce the cost of fuel.
The projects are supported through the OPEN 2021 programme, which prioritises funding for high-impact, high-risk technologies that support novel approaches to clean energy challenges.
Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said: “Universities, companies and our national labs are doubling down on advancing clean energy technology innovation and manufacturing in America to deliver critical energy solutions from renewables to fusion energy to tackle the climate crisis.
“DOE’s investments show our commitment to empowering innovators to develop bold plans to help America achieve net zero emissions by 2050, create clean energy good-paying jobs and strengthen our energy independence.”