Research, Development and Demonstration Program RD&D - Clean Energy Fund (CEF)


The RD&D (Research, Development and Demonstration) Program is part of the Clean Energy Fund. Its purpose is to support Washington’s research institutions, organizations and clean energy technology companies. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Advancing energy storage and solar technologies
  • Advancing bioenergy and biofuels
  • Development of new earth abundant materials or lightweight materials
  • Engineering advanced energy storage materials
  • Implementing innovative approaches for recycling of battery components
  • Developing new renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies

Contingent Awardees

Commerce announced over $8.2 million in grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to ten projects that will promote the development of research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of clean energy projects in Washington.

Beta Hatch: To design and build Washington’s first commercial insect farm, with air handling systems to optimize waste heat use from a data center. The project will develop modular insect farms as a novel end-use for low-value waste heat in rural Washington.

Corumat: For the development of bio-derived plastics relevant to the food industry. This project allows the replacement of solid plastic with as little as 1/3 the material.

Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC): To develop lightweight products from recycled aerospace scrap for multiple applications to include marine cabling and lightweight advanced cross-laminated timber.

Insitu: For the development of a transportable hydrogen generation and liquefaction system to produce clean hydrogen from a renewable power source.

Oscilla Power: To determine the optimal system configuration and parameters of the Triton wave energy converter (WEC) needed in order to be able to capture energy from ocean waves at the lowest level cost of electricity (LCOE) possible.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Solid Phase): To scale up ShAPE processing of Mg and other lightweight alloys, a severe plastic deformation-assisted method that results in a fine and uniform grain structure and requires less energy than state of the art methods for extrusion of lightweight alloys.  

Sironix Renewables Seattle: To develop new, high-performance ingredients for cleaning products using natural oils and agricultural waste instead of petroleum. This new class of surfactants enables substantial expansion of the bio-renewable and bio-degradable cleaning products market.

Spokane Eco: For developing machine-learning-based control methods that would enable optimal use of multiple energy conversion and storage devices in managing a building complex.  

University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory: To demonstrate an improvement in wave energy converter (WEC) performance (efficiency and peak to average ratio) utilizing future wave excitation information provided by state-of-the-art measurement and control techniques during testing in the ocean.

University of Washington Mechanical Engineering Department (MEBARC): To make composites manufacturing economically viable by ensuring high part quality, lowering energy costs, and minimizing waste and scrap. The project will demonstrate how to predictably design and produce complex (hi-contour) thermoplastic composite parts using automated robotic systems.

All of these competitive grant awards are conditional upon execution of final project agreements and performance-based contracts with Commerce. These ten conditional awardees were among 52 applicants, totaling over $51 million in projects, competing for $8.2 million in available funding.

Commerce consulted and coordinated with clean energy institutions of higher learning, national laboratories, and other clean energy organizations to design the RD&D Grant program to support Washington’s research institutions, organizations, and clean energy technology companies.


The applicant must match the RD&D funds with non-state dollars at a 1:1 or greater ratio. A higher ratio is desired and additional consideration may be given during the application review process based on this. Matching funds may be sought from lending institutions, investors, federal awards, non-state awards, or the applicant.  

  • Applicants are expected to notify Commerce of all applicable non-state award decisions.
  • Applicants who do not receive their non-state match funding within 12 months of receipt of their award letter may apply for future funding pending new opportunity announcements.
  • An additional six months to secure the required match, for a total of 18 months following the date on the award letter, may be provided on a case-by-case basis.
  • Successful applicants that secure less than 1:1 match will have the award reduced to the secured match amount.

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