This white paper explores how DOE and AMO can respond to (1) growing societal demand for lower-carbon production, (2) shifts in how energy is provided, and (3) the limited time remaining to avert the worst impacts of climate change. An effective response will require an accelerated scaling of transformative technologies and support throughout the scaling process (e.g., beyond R&D). We suggest that DOE and AMO pursue a phased approach with a mixture of quick wins, bigger stretch items, and parallel investments. ACEEE believes the focus must be on technology deployment, scale, and dispersion across the broad range of industrial activities and applications. AMO can build on the foundation of earlier industrial collaborations, incorporate external viewpoints on lowering interaction barriers, consider new ways to finance major projects, and use agile programmatic approaches. To engage a broader portion of industrial companies, a tailored, lower-overhead approach will be needed for small- and medium-sized manufacturers, light industry, and entrepreneurs.
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Rightor, E., P. Srinivasan, and N. Elliott. 2022. Reimagining Program Design at DOE to Accelerate Transformative Industrial Technology Deployment at Scale. Washington, DC: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. aceee.org/white-paper/2022/04/reimagining-program-design-doe.