US Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory Grant
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is transforming energy through research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
In July 2023 SonoAsh received a US Department of Energy Technical Assistance award to continue the development of the SonoAsh program in legacy coal communities. This program is valued at $2,000,000 and provides access to in-kind advanced engineering resources from National Renewable Energy Laboratories for the evaluation, and front-end engineering design (FEED) work needed to define and de-risk end to end pilot development and commercial scale development.
US Department of Energy
The Critical Minerals and Materials (CMM) Program portfolio consists of a diverse set of domestic feedstock materials that includes carbon ore, coal refuse, clay/shale over/under-burden, aqueous effluents as acid mine drainage (AMD), associated solids and precipitates resulting from AMD treatment, and power generation ash.
SonoAsh is the industrial sponsor of a US Department of Energy (DoE) program to collaborate on recovering Carbon Ore, Rare Earths and Critical Metals (CORE-CM) from coal and coal ash in partnership with New Mexico Technical University, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory.
Maryland Industrial Partnerships Grant
Maryland Industrial Partnership (MIPs) is nationally recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a model program for best practices in transferring technology and is a proven program that contributes significantly to job creation and high tech product development in Maryland.
SonoAsh has been successfully partnering with University of Maryland College Park Materials Science Faculty on two successive MIPs grant programs. Dr. Mohamad Al-Sheikhly, and his research group are currently in their second year developing potential pathways of extraction and recovery of critical and rare earth metals from coal ash applying joint intellectual property (IP) to the materials in storage in the greater Chesapeake Bay Appalachia watershed.
Maryland Innovation Initiative Grant
Maryland Innovation Initiative was created to foster the transition of promising technologies having significant commercial potential from Qualifying Universities, where they were discovered, to the commercial sector, where they can be developed into products and services that meet identified market needs.
Based on the success of the MIPs programs (above), Dr. Al-Sheikhly and SonoAsh were awarded a Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) grant in June 2023 to continue with the commercialization of the critical and rare earths recovery technology.
Appalachian Regional Commission - POWER Grant
The Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) provided a $1.48M POWER grant to SonoAsh partner, Frostburg St. University to launch a new Waste-to-Value Center of Excellence and Center for Advanced Product Design and Manufacturing on campus.