The Nokia Bell Lab in Murray Hill will receive $2.1 million in grants from the federal Department of Energy (DOE) as part of an overall $175 million in funding designated for 68 research and development projects.
The grant money will be applied to Nokia’s highly efficient thermal energy architecture. The company’s technology is used to cool data servers at a reduced energy cost, and it is expected it will be able to deliver both heating and cooling to buildings, as well.
“The research being done here will help us to keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for more computing power in a more sustainable way as we also grapple with the devastating consequences of climate change,” said Sen. Bob Menendez in announcing the funding at the Murray Hill site.
Biden Administration on Hand
Menendez and Rep. Tom Malinowski welcomed DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm to a tour of the facility Feb. 14. Malinowski said while the Biden Administration has been successful in bringing back the economy from COVID-19 and “saved so many jobs in the last two years…having put out a fire, we now have to fix the foundations of the house by fixing our supply chains and bringing advanced manufacturing back to America,”
“Through the infrastructure bill and the COMPETES Act now making its way to Congress, we’ll be providing even more of the support we delivered today to companies that are building the technology of the future right here in New Jersey,” said Malinowski.
OPEN 2021 Fund
Funding was pulled from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), and its OPEN 2021 fund, which focuses on funding high-impact and high-risk technologies which could provide clean-energy solutions.
The OPEN 2021 program funded projects from DOE spans 22 states and coordinated at universities, national laboratories, and private companies. Projects funded included ventures in electric vehicles, offshore wind, and nuclear recycling.
“DOE’s investments show our commitment to empowering innovators to develop bold plans to help America achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, create clean energy good-paying jobs and strengthen our energy independence,” said Granholm.
Background on Bell Labs
Bell Labs was created after the consolidation of several engineer departments within AT&T and the Western Electric company in the 1920s, according to the company’s website.
The company had a storied history, and helped with the development of telephones and telecommunications technology; wartime projects like radar, magnetics, and cryptography; satellite development; and more.
The Murray Hill site, one of 13 around the globe, serves as the headquarters of the group and was founded in 1925. Nokia attached its name to the company after purchasing it in 2016 and joining it with its existing FutureWorks organization.