WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced a proposed $99 million in Fiscal Year 2018 funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate transformative scientific advances for the most challenging topics in materials sciences, chemical sciences, geosciences, and biosciences. Research supported by this initiative will provide fundamental understanding to enable future advances in energy production and use.
The Energy Frontier Research Centers website is there:
the proposal is :
I see modest possibility to introduce LENR, in a discrete way :
Science “Grand Challenges” and “Transformative Opportunities”
The BES mission to direct and control matter at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels,
requires new insights into the complexity that governs material properties and processes at the
quantum level. A 2007 workshop examined the primary roadblocks to progress and resulted in
the following BESAC report, which defined five “grand challenges” for science:
Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination.
In this report, a new era for energy science was posed in five “grand challenges”:
- How do we control material processes at the level of electrons?
- How do we design and perfect atom- and energy-efficient synthesis of revolutionary new forms of matter with tailored properties?
- How do remarkable properties of matter emerge from complex correlations of the atomic or electronic constituents and how can we control these properties?
- How can we master energy and information on the nanoscale to create new technologies with capabilities rivaling those of living things?
- How do we characterize and control matter away – especially very far away – from equilibrium?
DOE anticipates awards in a number of different scientific research areas. When making
selections, DOE will emphasize emerging science priorities that have been highlighted in recent
workshops, including quantum materials, catalysis science, synthesis science, instrumentation
science, next-generation energy storage, future nuclear energy, and energy-water issues. In order
to address these priorities, DOE plans to deemphasize the following topical areas: phenomena
related to more mature areas of solar photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and solid-state lighting;
carbon dioxide sequestration; and biologically-mediated breakdown and conversion of
lignocellulosic biomass. Scientific research related to environmental management will not be
supported under this FOA, as this was the subject of a targeted EFRC FOA in FY2016.