What is CABLE?
CABLE: Conductivity-enhanced materials for Affordable, Breakthrough Leapfrog Electric and thermal applications.
CABLE supercharges breakthroughs in conductive materials—fundamental to nearly all energy use applications—by harnessing the unmatched innovative spirit of the American workforce to
- Apply characterization, theory, and modeling to synthesize breakthrough conductivity enhanced materials and
- Develop high-performance yet affordable electric and thermal applications that improve U.S. energy and material efficiency and turn the threat of climate change into an opportunity to revitalize the U.S. energy and manufacturing sectors and create millions of high-quality union jobs.
Led by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), CABLE leverages the American-Made Challenge Network and DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs to enable U.S. manufacturers to leapfrog international competition by upgrading the fundamental materials and applications that support grid reliability and other electric and thermal energy systems.
DOE’s Goals for CABLE
The objectives of DOE’s CABLE Big Idea are:
- Discover, through research and development, science and technology underpinning new conductivity-enhanced breakthrough materials; Identify, verify, recognize (e.g., CABLE Prize),transfer and deploy technology (e.g., SBIR FY21 20a) for the manufacture of breakthrough CABLE enhanced conductivity materials
- Support-through research, development (e.g. SBIR FY22 9a-b), demonstration, and deployment—leapfrog product applications (e.g., SBIR FY21 20b-h) that use enhanced conductivity materials and result in product performance improvements and energy savings; such applications include transmission lines, heat exchangers, generators, motors, photovoltaic electronics, electric vehicle charging cables, and geothermal thermal and electric applications.