The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $256 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support energy efficiency improvements in manufacturing and information technology industries. The funds include $156 million for deployment and demonstration projects for that can help manufacturers operate more efficiently, including new energy-efficient industrial equipment, waste energy recovery systems, combined heat and power systems, and district energy systems.

The funds also include $50 million to support research, development, and demonstration projects for advanced industrial materials, including nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing. Another $50 million will help reduce energy use for microprocessors and servers that support the information and communication technology industries. For more information and details, see the Department of Energy press release, and the notices of intent to issue the Funding Opportunity Announcements for industrial energy efficiency and energy efficiency at information and communication facilities.