The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded more than $8.2 million in grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to 10 proposed projects that will support research, development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in Washington, the department recently announced.
“Washington’s culture of innovation is a primary driver of our diverse and vibrant state economy,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “These projects have the potential to strengthen communities all over the state — from the Olympic Peninsula to Spokane to the Columbia Gorge, renewable energy technology development and deployment provide new opportunities for everyone.”
The selected projects were among 52 applicants, requesting a total of more than $51 million. The Washington State Department of Commerce noted that all grants must be matched at least dollar-for-dollar with other sources of on-state funding.
The 10 projects include:
- Beta Hatch in Wenatchee: To design and build Washington’s first commercial insect farm.
- Corumat in Mercer Island: For development of bio-derived plastics for the food industry.
- Composite Recycling Technology Center in Port Angeles: To develop new lightweight products from recycled aerospace carbon fiber composite scrap.
- Insitu in Bingen: For development of a transportable hydrogen generation and liquefaction system to produce clean hydrogen fuel from a renewable power source.
- Oscilla Power in Seattle: To advance its Triton wave energy converter technology.
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Solid Phase) in Richland: To scale up Shear Assisted Processing and Extrusion (ShAPE) processing of magnesium and other lightweight alloys
- Sironex Composite in Covington: To develop new, high-performance ingredients for cleaning products using natural oils and agricultural waste instead of petroleum.
- Spokane Eco in Spokane: For developing machine learning-based control methods to optimize building and equipment control systems in a building complex.
- University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory in Seattle: To demonstrate an improvement in wave energy conversion technology through the development of a new control system for converting the energy in waves to electricity.
- University of Washington Mechanical Engineering Department in Seattle: To make composites manufacturing economically viable by ensuring high part quality, lowering energy costs and minimizing waste and scrap.