Net-Zero lab’s representatives attended the EPIXC launch at Arizona State University

The final week of February 2024 marked a significant milestone for Arizona State University (ASU) with the launch of the Electrified Processes for Industry Without Carbon Institute (EPIXC). Spearheaded ASU, this collaborative initiative was awarded a substantial grant of up to $70 million by the Department of Energy in 2023 with the aim of establishing a pioneering Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute dedicated to combatting greenhouse gas emissions from industrial process heating. The launch event commenced with opening remarks from Deputy Secretary of Energy David Turk, who underscored its significance as a critical initiative. He lauded ASU’s leading role at the forefront of the clean energy revolution.

EPIXC operates as a dynamic public-private partnership, boasting over 100 participating companies. Together, they engage in cutting-edge research, development, demonstration, and deployment of technologies tailored to address the challenge of industrial emissions. Moreover, the institute plays a vital role in providing essential workforce training, and nurturing talent for the clean energy sector.

The launch event was attended by the Director of Sofia University’s Net-Zero Lab, who participated in a study visit of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEBA) to ASU’s Tempe Campus. EPIXC serves as a beacon of collaboration, illustrating the synergy between university researchers, national laboratories, private enterprises, and societal partners. Discussions during the follow-up meetings between FEBA and ASU members centered on models of participation, membership, and intellectual property rights sharing among stakeholders, relevant for both labs.

In line with its ethos of inclusivity and cooperation, the Net-Zero Lab at Sofia University extends an invitation to industry collaborators in Bulgaria and the wider region to join its ranks. Through its Lab Council, envisioned as a consultative and decision-support body, members will have the opportunity to contribute actively to the lab’s endeavors and shape its strategic direction.

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