DOE awards grants for energy-saving projects

  • 18-Jun-2012 10:05 EDT
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Delphi’s new micromachining process will increase laser energy efficiency up to 25% over standard practices as it relates to flow control holes in the company's GDi fuel injectors. Several secondary processes, including etching, will be eliminated. The company is partnering with Raydiance Inc. and Microlution Inc. on the project, for which it was awarded a $3.7 million DOE grant.

With the goal of reducing the amount of energy consumed in manufacturing and creating high-quality jobs on American soil, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded more than $54 million in grants to companies in automotive and other industries for special energy-saving projects. The prime awardees include Delphi Automotive Systems for processes related to making fuel injectors; Dow Chemical for the production of lower-cost carbon fiber; General Motors for a super-vacuum die-casting process using magnesium alloy in doors; PolyPlus Battery for high-density lithium-air, lithium-water, and lithium-sulfur batteries. Ford is a collaborator in two of the projects, including the one for which Dow won a grant. The awardees are contributing a combined $17 million into the 13 projects.

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