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EDGE winner W7 Energy gets $3.4 million Department of Energy grant

W7 Energy, a Wilmington-based company that is a recipient of a Division of Small Business EDGE Grant, has been awarded $3.4 million from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency- Energy (ARPA-E) to help with research and bring to market the company’s polymer membranes.

The company is developing a membrane for use in fuel cells that will make fuel cells less expensive to produce.

“The idea is to reduce the cost of fuel cell cars and clean hydrogen to enable zero-emission transportation,” W7 Energy Chief Technology Officer Lan Wang told UDaily recently.

W7 Energy, which is based at the Delaware Innovation Space in Wilmington, grew out of research done in the lab of Professor Yushan Yan, the Henry B. duPont Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware.

W7 Energy licensed six patents from UD. Several of its employees, including Wang and Santiago Rojas-Carbonell, the company’s chief operating officer, did postdoctoral research in Yan’s lab.

In September, W7 Energy was awarded a $100,000 EDGE (Encouraging Development, Growth and Expansion) Grant from the Division of Small Business.

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