# \$7 million DOE Grant for “Integrated Virtual Blast Furnace for Real-time Energy Efficiency Improvement”

January 13, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced today (Jan 13, 2021) that PNW Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) housed at CIVS was selected for developing a next- generation Integrated Virtual Blast Furnace  (IVBF) for real-time energy efficiency improvement.

The \$7 million grant is the largest one DoE has awarded within their Advanced Manufacturing Office FY20 Multi-topic FOA. The project partners include ArcelorMittal USA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Praxair Inc.- a Linde Company, Purdue University West Lafayette and U. S. Steel.

The objective of the DOE grants is to stimulate technology innovation, improve the energy productivity of American manufacturing, and enable the manufacturing of cutting-edge products in the United States.  More details can be found in the DOE announcement: