Department of Energy Awards Small Business Innovation Research Grant to Higher Wire, Inc.

One of 259 Grants Totaling $53 Million Nationwide to Support Scientific Innovation in Clean Energy Development and Climate Solutions

May 18, 2022 -- U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm today announced that Higher Wire, Inc., will receive $192,000 as part of 259 Department of Energy grants totaling $53 million to 210 small businesses in 38 states. The awards include projects relating to particle accelerators and fusion technology, applied nanoscience, quantum information applications, and dark matter research along with a wide range of other efforts.  

“Supporting small businesses will ensure we are tapping into all of America’s talent to develop clean energy technologies that will help us tackle the climate crisis,” said Steve Binkley, Acting Director of the DOE’s Office of Science. “DOE’s investments will enable these economic engines to optimize and commercialize their breakthroughs, while developing the next generation of science leaders and ensuring U.S. scientific and economic competitiveness that will benefit all Americans.” 

Through the SBIR/STTR program across the federal government, small business powers the U.S. economy and generates thousands of jobs, both directly and indirectly, the DOE notes. DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards aim at transforming DOE-supported science and technology breakthroughs into viable products and services. The awards also support the development of specialized technologies and instruments that aid in scientific discovery.  

Higher Wire, Inc., will receive $192,000 to develop a scalable, modular Power Conversion Platform with integration for both DC/AC sources as well as energy storage.

“America is charging its way toward a clean energy future, yet cost remains a barrier that has hindered widespread adoption,” said Higherwire CEO Trevor Warren. “Higherwire is already reducing the price of energy storage through our patent-pending process that repurposes lithium batteries for solar applications, and this research will produce a power conversion platform more efficient and less expensive than current systems. We are proud to partner with Arizona State University and the Department of Energy to deliver innovative technologies with the potential to accelerate mass adoption of renewable energy, especially in low-income and developing markets that have a higher degree of price sensitivity.”

More information about all the projects announced by DOE today is available at the following link: https://science.osti.gov/sbir

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