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DOE to award dollars for uncanny aluminum ideas

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May 03, 1996 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — Turning soda cans in to a local recycling center is one way to make money from aluminum. But innovators now can receive more cash, more quickly, for their uncanny aluminum ideas.

The Department of Energy's Innovative Concepts Program will give awards of $22,000 for further development of promising technologies related to the aluminum industry. As part of the program, recipients will have opportunities throughout 1997 to showcase their concept, network with investors, receive professional commercialization training and be provided promotional literature for their technology.

DOE is searching for novel, unconventional aluminum technologies. Areas to consider are:


  • advanced cell design, sensors, refractory systems and alternative smelting processes
  • scrap separation, remelting, recycled metal processing, reuse/disposal of spent pot-liners
  • semi-fabricated product characterization, modeling, simulation and development
  • lightweight alloys, composites, and/or laminate development and joining techniques.


The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, operated by Battelle for the Department of Energy, manages the Innovative Concepts program. Over 100 awards have been made since the program's inception, with 55 percent of them receiving additional funding from industrial sponsors and other government programs.

To receive a proposal package, please contact Julie Hughes, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, MS K7-34, Richland, Wash. 99352; (509) 375-2646; FAX (509) 375-6603; E-mail: Deadline to receive proposals is Monday, July 1, 1996.

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