ORONO — The U.S. Department of Energy says the University of Maine has been selected for one of three high-tech energy-production projects nationwide.

The work involves improving the operations of advanced, zero-emission power systems and the improvement of operations at fossil energy power plants.

UMaine will receive $1.2 million to work with Orono-based Environetix to develop sensory materials that can withstand high-temperature conditions.

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine says the project will help create jobs and improve the efficiency and use of domestic sources of energy.