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FOA NumberFOA Title
48C-0002013 48C Phase II Program
DE-FOA-0000387 Transformational PV Science and Technology: Next Generation Photovoltaics II
DE-FOA-0000410 U.S. Offshore Wind: Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects
DE-FOA-0000479 Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems - Advanced Concepts
DE-FOA-0000492 Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency (F-PACE)
DE-FOA-0000493 Extreme Balance of System Hardware Cost Reductions (BOS-X)
DE-FOA-0000520 Reducing Market Barriers and Non-Hardware Balance of System Costs
DE-FOA-0000521 2013 Solar Decathlon and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Showcase Event
DE-FOA-0000522 Geothermal Technology Advancement for Rapid Development of Resources in the U.S.
DE-FOA-0000549 SunShot Initiative: Rooftop Solar Challenge to Induce Market Transformation
DE-FOA-0000560 Innovative Manufacturing Initiative
DE-FOA-0000561 Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing Research and Development - Round 3
DE-FOA-0000563 Solid-State Lighting Product Development - Round 8
DE-FOA-0000564 Solid-State Lighting Core Technologies - Round 8
DE-FOA-0000566 PV Manufacturing Initiative Part 2:SUNPATH (Scaling Up Nascent PV AT Home)
DE-FOA-0000567 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative: High Operating Temperature Fluids
DE-FOA-0000595 SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development
DE-FOA-0000607 SunShot Incubator Program - Soft Cost Reduction
DE-FOA-0000615 Advancements in Sustainable Algal Production (ASAP)
DE-FOA-0000620 Accelerating the Deployment of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies in Indonesia
DE-FOA-0000621 Energy Savings through Improved Mechanical Systems and Building Envelope Technologies
DE-FOA-0000625 Light-Duty Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Validation Data
DE-FOA-0000626 Validation of Hydrogen Refueling Station Performance and Advanced Refueling Components
DE-FOA-0000629 RFI - Hydropower Advancement Project
DE-FOA-0000634 Plug and Play Technologies and Systems Request for Information (RFI)
DE-FOA-0000635 Superior Energy Performance Program Administrator
DE-FOA-0000637 Improving Accuracy of Solar Forecasting (RFI)
DE-FOA-0000649 Improving the Accuracy of Solar Forecasting
DE-FOA-0000651 SunShot Incubator Program
DE-FOA-0000654 Bridging Research Interactions through Collaborative Development Grants in Energy (BRIDGE)
DE-FOA-0000659 Notice - Pre-solicitation Meeting - Offshore Wind
DE-FOA-0000661 Regional Test Centers: Validation of Photovoltaic (PV) Modules and Systems
DE-FOA-0000683 Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute
DE-FOA-0000686 Bio-Oil Stabilization and Commoditization
DE-FOA-0000687 Energy Innovation Hub - Critical Materials
DE-FOA-0000699 Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) Request for Information (RFI)
DE-FOA-0000700 Hydropower Advancement Project (HAP) – Standard Assessments to Increase Generation and Value
DE-FOA-0000701 Fuel Cell Powered Airport Ground Support Equipment Deployment
DE-FOA-0000709 Technology Research, Development, and Tools for Clean Biomass Cookstoves
DE-FOA-0000719 Innovative Biosynthetic Pathways to Advanced Biofuels
DE-FOA-0000720 HVACR to Home Performance: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Contractor Expansion into Whole House Residential Energy Efficiency Services, Request for Information
DE-FOA-0000735 RFI - Hydrogen Storage Targets for Early Market Applications
DE-FOA-0000738 Material Handling and Backup Power Targets for Early Market Fuel Cell Applications Request for information (RFI)
DE-FOA-0000739 Innovative Pilot and Demonstration Scale Production of Advanced Biofuels
DE-FOA-0000745 RFI - Enhanced Algal Biofuel Intermediate Yields (EABIY)
DE-FOA-0000748 Hydrogen Pathway Analyses
DE-FOA-0000753 RFI - High-Accuracy Hydrogen Meters
DE-FOA-0000772 CSP Heat Integration for Baseload Renewable Energy Development FOA
DE-FOA-0000788 Rooftop Solar Challenge II
DE-FOA-0000791 RFI - Advanced Biomass Feedstock Logistics Systems
DE-FOA-0000792 Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing Research and Development - Round 4
DE-FOA-0000793 Amendment 000003 - Fiscal Year 2013 Vehicles Technologies Program-Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement
DE-FOA-0000796 RFI - Carbon, Hydrogen and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways (CHASE Bio-Oil Pathways)
DE-FOA-0000805 Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP: ELEMENTS)
DE-FOA-0000806 Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency II (FPACE II): Model Systems
DE-FOA-0000811 Algae Biomass Yield (ABY)
DE-FOA-0000812 Carbon, Hydrogen, and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways (CHASE Bio-Oil Pathways)
DE-FOA-0000822 "Turn Key" Open Source Software Solutions for Energy Management of Small to Medium Sized Buildings
DE-FOA-0000823 Building Technologies Innovations Program
DE-FOA-0000829 Better Buildings: Commercial Energy Efficiency Solutions
DE-FOA-0000832 Program for Research Fellowships and Workforce Development for Hydropower
DE-FOA-0000836 Advanced Biomass Feedstock Logistics Systems II
DE-FOA-0000837 Accelerating the Deployment of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies in South Africa and Saudi Arabia
DE-FOA-0000838 SunShot Incubator Program - Round 8
DE-FOA-0000846 RFI - Fenestration Attachment Certification and Labeling
DE-FOA-0000847 Marine and Hydrokinetic (Wave) Testing Infrastructure Development
DE-FOA-0000848 Marine and Hydrokinetic System Performance Advancement
DE-FOA-0000855 Request for Information (RFI) - Automotive Fuel Cell Cost and Durability Targets
DE-FOA-0000856 Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED)
DE-FOA-0000857 Diversity in Science and Technology Advances National Clean Energy in Solar (DISTANCE-Solar)
DE-FOA-0000861 Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar (PREDICTS)
DE-FOA-0000862 Solar Manufacturing Technology (SolarMat)
DE-FOA-0000865 Solar Utility Networks: Replicable Innovations in Solar Energy (SUNRISE)
DE-FOA-0000876 Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships
DE-FOA-0000897 Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: Marine and Hydrokinetic System Performance Advancement
DE-FOA-0000907 RFI - Home Hydrogen Refueler H-Prize Topic
DE-FOA-0000920 Request for Information - Hydrogen Delivery Technologies
DE-FOA-0000926 RFI - Rotating Disk Electrode Experiments for PEMFC Electrocatalyst Screening
DE-FOA-0000929 RFI - Manufacturing and Supply Chain Barriers and Opportunities for Wind Technologies
DE-FOA-0000934 Notice of Intent: Research and Development for Hydrogen Storage
DE-FOA-0000943 RFI - Manufacturing Barriers and Opportunities for Water Power Technologies
DE-FOA-0000965 Next Generation Photovoltaic Technology RFI
DE-FOA-0000975 Request for Information (RFI): Manufacturing Renewable Carbon Fibers
DE-FOA-0000980 Request for Information - Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Manufacturing
DE-FOA-0001024 Request For Information - Building Technologies Office Prioritization Tool
DE-FOA-0001031 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement “Sunshot Incubator Program Round 9”
DE-FOA-0001045 Notice of Intent to Issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled “U.S. Wind Manufacturing: Taller Hub Heights to Access Higher Wind Resources, and Lower Cost of Energy”
DE-FOA-0001056 Request for Information (RFI): Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Manufacturing - Part 2
DE-FOA-0001061 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000841: Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis
DE-FOA-0001074 Request for Information - Critical Parameters for Characterization of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)
DE-FOA-0001083 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcment DE-FOA-0001084 "COMMERCIAL BUILDING TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS"
DE-SOL-0003846 Reaching $2/Watt Installed Price for Residential Scale Solar
DE-SOL-0003956 Physics of Reliability Photovoltaics Technology

48C-0002013: 48C Phase II Program

Section 48C of the Internal Revenue Code provides for the qualifying advanced energy property project program and authorizes $2.3 billion of credits (“the § 48C Phase I program” and “the § 48C Phase I credit”).  As provided by § 48C(d)(4), this notice establishes a second phase of the qualifying advanced energy project program (“the § 48C Phase II program”) to distribute the § 48C Phase I credits that are available for re-allocation after the conclusion of the § 48C Phase I program.

This solicitation is being hosted by the DOE on behalf of the IRS. Click here to visit the IRS Website.

Informational Webinar
DOE hosted an informational webinar on the 48C Phase II Program on February 19, 2013. Follow this link to view a recording of the webinar. (https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/838885833). You will be required to register for the webinar in order to view the recording. A transcript and the slide presentation are available in the FOA Documents section of this announcement.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Marc Bernabo, IRS, phone: 713-209-3669, fax: 713-209-3964

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the Notice, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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FOA Documents

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/9/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/23/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000387: Transformational PV Science and Technology: Next Generation Photovoltaics II

Note:  Pre-Application review has been completed.  Applicants can now check their submission status (Invited or Not Invited).  Those Applicants who are Invited may begin submitting their full application.

 The U.S. Department of Energy seeks to fund revolutionary, exploratory research to create highly disruptive solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies that will meet $1 per watt and lower installed system cost targets beyond the end of this decade.  The Transformational PV Science and Technology: Next Generation Photovoltaics II Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) intends to support research into technologies that have the potential for much higher efficiency, lower cost, and/or more reliable performance than existing commercial and near-commercial photovoltaics and their expected incremental progress in future years.  As part of the SunShot Initiative, this early-stage applied research program is intended to demonstrate and prove new concepts in materials, processes, and device designs to feed into component development at the laboratory scale, with subsequent component integration, engineering scale-up, and eventual commercial production.  Selected projects will have as a goal the proof-of-concept of novel materials, processes, or architectures as applied to a photovoltaic device.  This FOA is designed to look beyond incremental near-term innovation and explore transformative concepts with the potential to break through performance barriers as we know them today.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • NextGen@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through the EERE Exchange, all questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Pre-Application Submission Deadline: 5/9/2011 11:59 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/27/2011 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000410: U.S. Offshore Wind: Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects

The U.S Department of Energy seeks to provide support for regionally-diverse Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects through collaborative partnerships.  By providing funding, technical assistance, and government coordination to accelerate deployment of these demonstration projects, DOE can help eliminate uncertainties, mitigate risks, and help create a robust U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Industry.

 

The primary goals of the Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects are to:

1.  Install innovative offshore wind systems in U.S. waters in the most rapid and responsible manner possible, and

2.  Expedite the development and deployment of innovative offshore wind energy systems with a credible potential for lowering the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) below 10 ¢/kWh or the local "hurdle" price at which offshore wind can compete with other regional generation sources without subsidies.

With over 4,000 GW of gross potential that is relatively close to key load centers, offshore wind energy can help the nation reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, diversify its energy supply, provide cost-competitive electricity to key coastal regions, and stimulate economic revitalization of key sectors of the economy.  However, if the nation is to realize these benefits, key challenges to the development and deployment of offshore wind technology must be overcome, including the relatively high current cost of energy, technical challenges surrounding installation and grid interconnection, and the untested permitting or approval processes. DOE seeks technology demonstration projects that combine innovation with pathways for substantial cost reduction opportunities. 

 

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Contact Information

  • oswdemo@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of the announcement. All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 3/30/2012 11:59 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/30/2012 11:59 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/31/2012 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000479: Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems - Advanced Concepts

Note:  Full Application review has been completed and selections have been announced.  Applicants can now check their selection status and view consensus merit review strengths and weaknesses in Exchange.

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to fund projects that develop technologies in power electronics that reduce the overall photovoltaic (PV) system costs, allow high penetrations of solar technologies onto the grid (e.g. reactive power, energy storage, advanced functionalities), and enhance the performance, reliability, and safety of the PV system.  In addition, projects funded under this FOA will demonstrate the feasibility of these technologies in the field and will directly support the objectives of the SunShot Initiative, which has a goal to reduce the total costs (including installer margin) of solar energy systems by about 75 percent before the end of the decade and to make solar competitive with conventional fossil-fuel sourced generation.

DOE has identified several major areas where significant cost reductions in power electronics can be made including:  1) economies of scale; 2) advanced components; 3) reliability; 4) smart grid integration and 5) understanding of system implications.  The DOE also is considering how changes in power electronics impact the cost of the PV system as a whole.

DOE anticipates that the U.S. Solar Industry can reach the aggressive SunShot targets by focusing on both power electronics research and in technologies more specific to grid-connected, photovoltaic systems. 

There are two topics to which an application may be submitted under this FOA:

  • Topic 1: Smart-Grid Functionality
  • Topic 2: Using Power Electronics to Address Balance of System Costs

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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FOA Documents

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Pre-Application Submission Deadline: 5/9/2011 11:59 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/23/2011 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000492: Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency (F-PACE)

Note:  Concept Paper review has been completed.  Applicants can now check their submission status (Encouraged or Discouraged).  Applicants may begin submitting their full application. 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks to fund applied scientific research that provides the technical foundation for significant increases in solar photovoltaic (PV) cell efficiency, to enable commercial and near-commercial PV technologies to achieve $1 per watt installed system cost targets by the end of the decade.  Combined with the technical and funding resources from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this joint Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the “Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency” (F-PACE) will identify and fund solar device physics and photovoltaic technology research and development that will improve PV cell performance and reduce module cost for grid-scale commercial applications.  Projects funded under this FOA are intended to address identified cost and efficiency barriers through advances in the PV science knowledge base, improved materials and processes for PV cell components, and innovative approaches for closing the gap between production cell efficiency and laboratory cell efficiency, and between laboratory cell efficiency and the theoretical maximum.  These goals jointly support the missions of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) and the NSF Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division.  Through this FOA, ECCS and SETP intend to jointly pursue foundational research into PV cell and sub-cell technology to support the Sunshot initiative, which has a goal to reduce the cost of solar electricity from solar by 75% over the next decade to make it competitive with conventional fossil-fuel sourced generation.  

There will be three topics to which an application may be submitted under this FOA:

  • Topic 1: Foundational Research on PV Sub-cell Materials and Processes
  • Topic 2: Foundational PV Cell Research
  • Topic 3: Barrier Focus Teams

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Contact Information

  • F-PACE@go.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/9/2011 11:59 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/30/2011 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000493: Extreme Balance of System Hardware Cost Reductions (BOS-X)

Note:  Full Application review has been completed and selections have been announced.  Applicants can check their selection status and view consensus merit review strengths and weaknesses in Exchange.

The purpose of amendment 001 is to:

A) Update the Cost Impact tables in Section I Funding Opportunity Description, on pages 9-11, to clarify the cost components for electrical and hardware labor.

All other parts of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) remain unchanged.

The areas which have changed with this modification are highlighted within the FOA. 

 

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to significantly reduce the balance of system hardware cost component of Photovoltaic (PV) systems.  This FOA directly supports the goals of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) and the SunShot Initiative, which has a goal to reduce the total cost (including installer margin) of solar energy systems by about 75 percent before the end of the decade.  Under this FOA, DOE  is requesting applications for research, development, and demonstration of new components and system designs or the development of new building code language to overcome scientific,  technological, and engineering barriers to achieving safe, very low cost, and high reliability balance of system hardware.  While this FOA is meant to mainly address hardware and labor costs and not “soft” costs, advancements in hardware that may result in lower soft costs (permitting, site preparation, etc.) are encouraged. 

There are four topics to which an application may be submitted under this FOA:

  • Topic 1:  Transformational Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Modules
  • Topic 2:  Roof and Ground Mount Innovations 
  • Topic 3:  Transformational Photovoltaic System Designs
  • Topic 4:  Development of New Wind Load Codes for PV Systems

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Contact Information

  • pvbos@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through the EERE Exchange, all questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 5/9/2011 11:59 PM ET
  • Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: 5/9/2011 11:59 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/9/2011 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000520: Reducing Market Barriers and Non-Hardware Balance of System Costs

Note:  Only those applicants who successfully submitted a Letter of Intent by June 9, 2011 are eligible to submit a Full Application to this Funding Opportunity Announcement.

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to significantly reduce market barriers and the balance of system non-hardware cost components of Photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Under this FOA, DOE intends to support software and database development, advance the utility and regulatory environment and simplify and streamline the process of installing solar systems.

There are three main topics to which an application may be submitted under this FOA:

Topic 1:  Codes, Standards and Processes

Topic 2:  Software Design Tools and Databases

  • Sub-Topic 2A: Utility-Scale Project Siting Tool
  • Sub-Topic 2B: Plug-and-Play Tools to Facilitate Preparation and Review of Permit Applications
  • Sub-Topic 2C: Database of PV Permitting Processes in Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
  • Sub-Topic 2D: PV System Verification Tool
  • Sub-Topic 2E: Utility Rates Database 

Topic 3:  Regulatory and Utility Solutions 

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • nhbos@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submissions of applications through EERE eXCHANGE. All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 6/9/2011 11:59 PM ET
  • Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: 6/9/2011 11:59 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/23/2011 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000521: 2013 Solar Decathlon and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Showcase Event

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DOE intends to partner with one recipient who will host the 2013 Solar Decathlon to promote the Mission and Goals of the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Through this event, the recipient will promote the outreach, education and economic benefits of energy security, renewable energy and energy efficiency by demonstrating EERE Technology that can effectively be deployed in the community. By showcasing these technologies, this event should help launch additional workforce development and renewable energy activities in the local area that hosts the Decathlon. In addition to the benefits of increased public awareness, this event should stimulate the local economy by bringing in tourism dollars from those attending the event. This Funding Opportunity seeks to select a recipient that will form a partnership that includes a city, state or local government that will work together to host the 2013 Solar Decathlon.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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FOA Documents

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 11/7/2011 7:59 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/5/2011 7:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000522: Geothermal Technology Advancement for Rapid Development of Resources in the U.S.

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled “Geothermal Technology Advancement for Rapid Development of Resources in the U.S.” is to advance the Geothermal Technologies Program's (GTP) mission of researching, developing, and validating cost-competitive technologies and tools to accelerate the growth of geothermal energy in the United States.  This FOA will advance the Department of Energy’s (DOE) mission by partnering with industry, academia and the national laboratories to discover new geothermal resources, develop innovative methods, and demonstrate high-impact technologies.  This FOA directly supports the goals of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Under this FOA, DOE is requesting applications that address key cost, technical, and risk barriers and advance geothermal energy development, working toward the Program goal of accelerating the development and use of geothermal energy.  Projects should propose ideas to advance current drilling, reservoir engineering, and characterization technologies in order to identify and develop sustainable reservoirs at lower costs.

There will be six topic areas to which an application may be submitted under this FOA:

  • Topic 1: Advanced Exploratory Drilling Technologies

  • Topic 2: Advanced Well Completion Technologies

  • Topic 3: Zonal Isolation

  • Topic 4: Observation Tools and Data Collection System for Reservoir Stimulation

  • Topic 5: Geophysical Exploration Technologies

  • Topic 6: Geochemistry/Rock-Fluid Interactions

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Contact Information

  • FOA522@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to the submission deadline of 7/19/2011.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to the submission deadline of 7/19/2011.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/19/2011 2:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000549: SunShot Initiative: Rooftop Solar Challenge to Induce Market Transformation

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for a Rooftop Solar Challenge is to achieve measurable improvements in market conditions for rooftop photovoltaic across the United States, with an emphasis on streamlined and standardized permitting and interconnection processes.  DOE anticipates providing up to $12.5M to up to 25 awardees to accomplish the goals of this funding opportunity.  This FOA directly supports the goals of the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Program and the SunShot Initiative.

 

This FOA will take a phased approach addressing four main action areas (listed below), designed so that awardees that succeed in all action areas will have the necessary policy and process framework in place to support a robust solar market in their region:

 

·         Permitting and Interconnection Processes

·         Net Metering and Interconnection Standards

·         Financing Options

·         Planning and Zoning

 

For information about the SunShot Initiative: Rooftop Solar Challenge to Induce Market Transformation FOA webinars, please visit www.solar.energy.gov/challenge.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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FOA Documents

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Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 7/29/2011 5:00 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 7/29/2011 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/9/2011 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000560: Innovative Manufacturing Initiative

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DE-FOA-0000560 “Innovative Manufacturing Initiative,” is to solicit Applications for funding cost-shared research and development of innovative manufacturing processes and materials technologies to advance the clean energy economy by increasing industrial and manufacturing energy efficiency, deliver the breakthroughs that the Nation needs to significantly reduce energy and carbon intensity throughout the economy over the coming decades, and revitalize existing manufacturing industries and support the development of new products in emerging industries.  This FOA seeks Applications to select and fund research and development (R&D) projects beginning as early as Technology Readiness Level 2 (Applied Research) with efforts up through Technology Readiness Level 6 (Prototype) to advance the engineering and development of transformational manufacturing process and materials technologies that significantly improve the competitive position of U.S. industry.  In this FOA, innovative manufacturing technologies are broadly defined as new manufacturing processes, technologies, and materials that drastically reduce energy use in manufacturing without sacrificing product quality, production throughput, or system economics. 

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • IMIFOA@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-Exchangesupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE eXCHANGE.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 9/22/2011 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/7/2011 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000561: Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing Research and Development - Round 3

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is achieve cost reduction of solid-state lighting for general illumination through improvements in manufacturing equipment, processes, or techniques.  It is anticipated that success will lead to a more rapid adoption/installation of high-quality SSL products resulting in a significant reduction of energy use and a corresponding reduction of environmental pollutants.  A secondary objective is to maintain, in the case of light emitting diodes (LEDs), or establish, in the case of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), the manufacturing and technology base within the US.

 

The Program Areas of Interest for this Announcement include topics for LED and OLED technologies.  Improvements to cost-influencing metrics through the proposed approach shall not come at the expense of product performance metrics such as efficacy or color quality. 

 

Program Area of Interest 1:  Luminaire/Module Manufacturing

Program Area of Interest 2:  Test and Inspection Equipment

Program Area of Interest 3:  OLED Deposition Equipment

Program Area of Interest 4:  OLED Materials Manufacturing

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/15/2011 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000563: Solid-State Lighting Product Development - Round 8

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to develop or improve commercially viable materials, devices, or systems for solid state lighting general illumination applications. Specific emphasis shall be on achieving the performance and cost goals stated in the 2011 Multi Year Program for Solid State Lighting Research and Development which can be found at http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/publications/pdfs/ssl/ssl_mypp2011_web.pdf.  This document can also be found as an attachment to this Announcement.  Potential Applicants are strongly encouraged to review and understand the 2011 MYPP.  Successful approaches shall demonstrate a technology path that moves beyond the current performance levels detailed in the MYPP towards the future performance targets identified for the respective priority metric.   There are five areas of interest to which an application may be submitted under this FOA: 

 

Area of Interest 1:  Light Emitting Diodes Substrate Development

Area of Interest 2:  Light Emitting Diodes Package Architecture

Area of Interest 3:  Novel Light Emitting Diodes Luminaire Systems

Area of Interest 4:  Large Area Organic Light Emitting Diodes

Area of Interest 5:  Organic Light Emitting Diodes Panel Outcoupling

 

Contact Information

  • EERE-Exchangesupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE eXCHANGE.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.
  • SSLProductFOA@netl.doe.govBonnie Dowdell
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement. All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to the submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/3/2011 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000564: Solid-State Lighting Core Technologies - Round 8

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to focus on applied research for technology development, with particular emphasis on meeting efficiency, performance, and cost targets.  Specific emphasis shall be on achieving the performance and cost goals stated in the 2011 Multi-Year Program Plan (http:/apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/publications/pdfs/ssl/ssl_mypp2011_web.pdf) for Solid-State Lighting Research and Development.  This document can also be found as an attachment to this Announcement.  Successful approaches shall demonstrate a technology path that moves beyond the current performance levels detailed in the 2011 MYPP towards the future performance targets identified for the respective priority metric.

 

There will be four areas of interest to which an application may be submitted under this FOA:

 

Area of Interest 1:  (Light Emitting Diode) Emitter Materials Research

Area of Interest 2:  (Light Emitting Diode) Down-converters

Area of Interest 3:  Novel Organic Light Emitting Diodes Materials and Structures

Area of Interest 4:  (Organic Light Emitting Diode) Light Extraction Approaches

Contact Information

  • EERE-Exchangesupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE eXCHANGE.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.
  • SSLCoreFOA@netl.doe.govBethan Young
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement. All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to the submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/3/2011 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000566: PV Manufacturing Initiative Part 2:SUNPATH (Scaling Up Nascent PV AT Home)

 

     The U.S. Department of Energy is requesting applications for the first industrial scale demonstration of the applicant's photovoltaic (PV) module, cells, substrates, or module components that will achieve lower cost per watt. The applicant needs to demonstrate lower cost targets over the next two years than the current market leading technology and enable the path to $1/watt system costs by 2020.

 

     Significant non-Federal cost share is required, to be achieved in partnership with private capital and state and regional funds. This funding opportunity will address the currently unfulfilled and urgent need for a significant investment to assist the first industrial scale manufacturing of a new PV technology.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • sunpath@go.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to the application deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 11/30/2011 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/30/2011 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000567: Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative: High Operating Temperature Fluids

The objective of the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI): High Operating Temperature Fluids (“HOT Fluids”) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research into fluid materials development that will enable Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems to integrate with energy conversion devices capable of thermal to electric conversion efficiencies greater than 50%.   DOE anticipates providing up to $10M in funding for up to 2 awardees to accomplish the goals of this funding opportunity.   This FOA directly supports the goals of the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Program and the SunShot Initiative. 

This FOA will take a MURI approach that ensures awardees bring together researchers from various technical backgrounds in order to achieve the discovery and a development of a liquid that is stable as a liquid from 0°C to 1300°C.  This target must be achieved while also ensuring that the fluid has the necessary properties to be used in current CSP plant designs.  Development of such a fluid will directly enable the achievement of the SunShot target of providing electricity generated by solar power at a cost of 6 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh).   

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • HOTFluids@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of the FOA.  All questions must be submitted not later than 3 business days prior to the final application due date.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the EERE Exchange system.  All questions must be submitted not later than 3 business days prior to the final application due date.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/19/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000595: SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks to fund revolutionary applied scientific research that develops highly disruptive Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies that will meet 6¢/kWh cost target by the end of the decade.  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for “SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development” intends to support research into technologies that have the potential for much higher efficiency, lower cost, and/or more reliable performance than existing commercial and near-commercial CSP systems and their expected incremental progress in future years.  As part of the SunShot Initiative, this applied research program is intended to demonstrate and prove new concepts in the collector, receiver, and power cycle subsystems, including associated hardware.  These developments should lead to subsequent system integration, engineering scale-up, and eventual commercial production for electricity generation applications.  The SunShot CSP program is designed to look beyond incremental near-term innovation and explore transformative concepts with the potential to break through performance barriers as known today, such as efficiency and temperature limitations.  These goals support the mission of the DOE SunShot Initiative.

 

There are four topics to which an application may be submitted under this FOA:

  • Topic 1: Advanced Collectors
  • Topic 2: Advanced Receivers
  • Topic 3: Advanced Power Cycles
  • Topic 4: Seedling CSP Concepts

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • sunshot-csp@go.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@ee.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Pre-Application Submission Deadline: 11/22/2011 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/7/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000607: SunShot Incubator Program - Soft Cost Reduction

The concept paper application deadline has been extended to JAN 17 at 5pm.

The SunShot Incubator program is designed to help small businesses transition to make the leap from great idea, to the alpha/prototype phase, to the v1.0 launch of their project, and thus accelerate the next generation of solar energy products to market within a few years. Through the Incubator program, SunShot successfully leverages the expertise, capabilities, and facilities of DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and other national labs to support small businesses as they transition to industry.

This round of the SunShot Incubator Program has been specifically designed to address soft cost reductions; proposals for hardware-related solutions will not be accepted.  Though the focus of this round of funding is different than previous rounds, the main program goals and structure remain the same.  That is, the SunShot Incubator Program will continue its aim to advance innovative solutions on a fixed payment schedule based on verifiable deliverables.

The SunShot Incubator program consists of two Tiers to which applications may be submitted:

Tier 1 includes awards up to $500,000 with a 20% cost share requirement over 12 months to accelerate the development of innovative soft BOS technologies to the prototype/alpha product stage.  

Tier 2 includes awards up to $5 million (anticipated award size of $1-2 million) with a 50% cost share requirement over 18 months that transition innovative alpha systems/solutions into a pilot/v1.0 release and eventually full-scale deployment.

WEBINAR 1:  This Webinar, mentioned in the FOA, will be held on December 9th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm Eastern Standard Time.   Those interested in participating in the webinar should note the following:
  • Audio is available through the Internet (headset/speakers) and over the phone.  You will be able to access audio through the Webinar pop up.  Clicking on Telephone will display the call-in number, which is also found in the registration confirmation email.
WEBINAR 2:  The second webinar mentioned in the FOA will be held on February 21st from 4:00pm to 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time.   Those interested in participating in the webinar must register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/705284601.  The participant will receive an automated email with the webinar address after they have registered.  The system requirements and audio capabilities are described under the “Webinar 1” section above.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • SunShot.Incubator@ee.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@ee.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/17/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/5/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000615: Advancements in Sustainable Algal Production (ASAP)

The U.S. Department of Energy is requesting applications to support outdoor phototrophic algae research and development in two areas: 1) nutrient and water use in algal production systems and 2) the development of algal technology testbed facilities. This research will support the Biomass Program’s goals to model pathways for significant (>1 billion gallons per year) volumes of cost-competitive algal biofuels by 2022.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • algae@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at least 5 days prior to the submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/2/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000620: Accelerating the Deployment of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies in Indonesia

The objective of this FOA is to develop and implement a variety of activities that deploy U.S. technical expertise in areas such as strategic and policy planning and analysis, energy market analysis, energy modeling, workforce development, and technical analysis to prime markets for increased use of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies in Indonesia. Benefits to the U.S. include potentially increased exports of domestic clean energy technologies and services in a rapidly expanding market, as well as access to data on clean energy policy and programs success and challenges that can inform U.S. national and subnational policy development. DOE anticipates providing $1.2M total to one Awardee over a period of up to three years to accomplish the goals of this funding opportunity. This FOA directly supports the goals of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), International Program.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • DOEIndonesiaFOA@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/19/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/3/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000621: Energy Savings through Improved Mechanical Systems and Building Envelope Technologies

The focus of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to develop specifically-identified technologies for buildings that are cost effective and can have a tremendous impact on energy savings overall and lead to a market-ready solution (e.g. at the commercial prototype phase) within five years of project launch.  Projects must credibly demonstrate how the proposed technologies will meet the targets specified in the sub-topic descriptions. Projects under this FOA must be aimed at more than progress toward identified project goals; the project must be aimed at actual delivery of these project goals.

Topic 1: Energy Saving Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems

Subtopic 1.1: High Performance Air Source Cold Climate Heat Pumps

Subtopic 1.2: Alternative Space-Heating Systems

Subtopic 1.3: Next-Generation Heat Exchangers for Electric Vapor-Compression Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners

Topic 2: Energy Saving Building Envelope Solutions

Subtopic 2.1: High performance thermal insulation

Subtopic 2.2: Advanced Roof/Attic Solutions

Subtopic 2.3: Highly insulating windows

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • btech@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/17/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/25/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000625: Light-Duty Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Validation Data

Fuel cells can lead to substantial energy savings and reductions in imported petroleum and carbon emissions.  To realize these benefits, DOE’s FCT Program focuses on funding fuel cell research and development (R&D) and technology validation activities supporting a portfolio of fuel cell technologies and applications.  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which specifically supports the Technology Validation program element, will collect, analyze, and validate performance data from light-duty hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) operating in real-world environments. Feedback will be provided to the DOE hydrogen and fuel cell R&D projects and industry partners to help determine what additional R&D is required to move the technology forward.

 

With this FOA, DOE is accepting new applications for projects seeking to validate light-duty fuel cell electric vehicle performance and durability.  The objective of each proposed project must be to collect and submit dynamometer and real-world vehicle performance data to a DOE-sponsored third-party collection and analysis provider to provide statistically valid projections on key metrics including durability of fuel cell systems.  R&D of these technologies is not the focus of this effort and will not be funded through this announcement.

 

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at lease 3 days prior to each submission deadline.
  • FCEVDataFOA@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/18/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000626: Validation of Hydrogen Refueling Station Performance and Advanced Refueling Components

Using hydrogen, fuel cells can lead to substantial energy savings and reductions in imported petroleum and carbon emissions.  To realize these benefits, DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program focuses on funding fuel cell research and development (R&D) and technology validation activities supporting a portfolio of fuel cell and hydrogen fuel technologies and applications.  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which specifically supports the Technology Validation subprogram, will test, demonstrate, and validate hydrogen refueling components and complete systems in real-world operating environments.  Feedback will be provided to the DOE hydrogen and fuel cell R&D projects, industry partners, and end users to help determine what additional R&D is required to move the technology forward.  Projects resulting from this FOA will include hydrogen refueling station data collection and demonstration of advanced refueling components needed to support fuel cell applications.

 

With this FOA, DOE is accepting new applications for projects seeking to validate hydrogen technologies in the specific topic areas listed below.  Only applications that are responsive to one of these topic areas will be accepted, and only one topic area may be addressed per application.  The objective of each proposed project must be to test, demonstrate, and validate hydrogen technologies in real-world environments.  R&D of these technologies is not the focus of this effort and will not be funded through this announcement, except as described in the FOA for Topic Area 2 only.

 

Topic Area 1: Hydrogen Refueling Station Data Collection

Topic Area 2: Validation of Advanced Refueling Components

 

Please refer to the FOA document for complete details.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • H2TechValFOA@go.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 5/10/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/10/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000629: RFI - Hydropower Advancement Project

This is a Request for Information (RFI). DOE may issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein or DOE may issue no FOA at all.  

The Department of Energy (DOE) is requesting information from hydropower owners, operators, project and technology developers, equipment manufacturers, consultants and other stakeholders concerning the identification of efficiency, capacity and water utilization improvements at existing U.S. hydropower facilities.   DOE estimates that approximately 8 to 16 GW of additional capacity and approximately 55 TWh of annual generation can be added through cost effective and sustainable upgrades at existing hydropower facilities.  DOE has developed the Hydropower Advancement Project (HAP) to support development of this resource.

DOE is seeking suggestions and comments on the objectives, rationale, methodology and execution of the HAP as described in this Request for Information (RFI).  These comments will assist DOE in the refinement of this initiative and the underlying methodology.

All responses to this RFI must be delivered electronically in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format as an attachment to an email sent to the following email address: HAPHydroRFI@go.doe.gov

Contact Information

  • matthew.hess@go.doe.govMatthew Hess
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/21/2012 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000634: Plug and Play Technologies and Systems Request for Information (RFI)

This is a Request for Information (RFI). DOE may issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein or DOE may issue no FOA at all.

The SunShot Initiative is investigating the development of transformational Plug and Play technologies and systems to reduce the so-called soft costs of the Balance of System, which include permitting, inspection, and grid interconnection.  When installing a PV system is as simple as plugging an appliance into a wall outlet, the residential PV market will grow at an accelerated rate, both due to the simplicity of installation and the associated reduction in cost of the overall system. The potential funding opportunity will address the process-related issues and barriers by taking a fresh look at the grid and distributed PV systems as a whole and exploring new technology pathways to reduce total system costs and ease installation. The topic areas cover, but are not limited to, PV module technology, power electronics design, grid integration approaches, racking hardware design, and system installation process. Respondents are asked to comment on the questions in the RFI (see document under "FOA Documents" below).  Respondents are also encouraged to comment on the value of the anticipated Plug and Play PV systems, as well as your organization’s anticipated interest in participating in such an opportunity.

All responses to this RFI must be delivered electronically in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format as an attachment to an email sent to the following email address: PlugandPlayRFI@go.doe.gov. 

Contact Information

  • PlugandPlay@go.doe.gov 
    Submit RFI Responses to this email address.  Questions may also be sent to PlugandPlayRFI@go.doe.gov with the subject line “Question”.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the EERE Exchange system.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/31/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000635: Superior Energy Performance Program Administrator

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to fund an administrator for a new American National Standards Institute, ANSI, accredited Superior Energy Performance  Program, or SEP.  The SEP program will provide industrial plants and commercial buildings with a roadmap for achieving continual improvement in energy efficiency. 
Once launched, SEP will provide a transparent, globally accepted system for validating energy intensity performance improvement and management practices.  It is anticipated that the SEP certification program will launch nationally in 2012. The intent of this funding is to support the SEP Program Administrator during the initial stages of promoting and implementing the program, with the ultimate aim of creating an independent, financially self-sustaining entity. The SEP Program Administrator will be responsible to launch and oversee the SEP program.  Key tasks include (1) development of a self-sustaining business model; (2) promotion, education, and marketing; (3) management and administration; and (4) reporting and program evaluation.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • GOITP.SEP@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 3/21/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/21/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000637: Improving Accuracy of Solar Forecasting (RFI)

This is a Request for Information (RFI). DOE may issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein or DOE may issue no FOA at all.

With the integration of high penetrations of variable renewable energy sources quickly becoming a reality for many utilities, and increases in roof-top and distribution solar energy systems the SunShot Initiative is examining how to improve the accuracy of solar forecasting models.  Accurate solar forecasts are essential for the power system operator to ensure grid reliability, and also important for solar power plant owners to minimize deviations from bids made in the power market and reduce operating costs.  In addition, the SunShot Initiative is looking to establish by consensus, uniform and comprehensive metrics to measure the accuracy of solar forecasting.   Respondents are asked to comment on the questions in the RFI (see document under "FOA Documents" below).  Respondents are also encouraged to comment on the importance of accurate forecasting and universal metrics, as well as your organization’s anticipated interest in participating in a possible FOA opportunity.

All responses to this RFI must be delivered electronically in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format as an attachment to an email sent to the following email address:  SolarForecasting@go.doe.gov

 

Contact Information

  • SolarForecasting@go.doe.gov 
    Submit RFI Responses to this email address.  Questions may also be sent to SolarForecasting@go.doe.gov with the subject line “Question”.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the EERE Exchange system.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/3/2012 4:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000649: Improving the Accuracy of Solar Forecasting

 

*The Slides used during the 05-30-2012 Webinar have been posted below.* 

 

*The Webinar is now available at the following link*

https://solarhighpen.energy.gov/noaa_capabilities_relevant_to_doe_solar_forecasting_foa_de_foa_0000649

 

**Please note extentions for both Letter of Intent and Application Deadlines** 

 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is being issued by DOE to solicit applications for improving accuracy of solar forecasting in the short-term (0-6 hours) and day-ahead timeframes. This FOA is part of the DOE “SunShot   Initiative” and addresses the EERE performance metric of increasing the viability and deployment of renewable energy technologies.  Launched in 2011, the SunShot Initiative aims to reduce the cost of solar energy systems by about 75% between 2010 and 2020. Achieving this target could result in solar meeting roughly 14% of U.S. electricity needs by 2030 and 27% by 2050.  Advancements in generation (conventional as well as solar) and transmission technology, improved accuracy in solar resource forecasting, the evolution of operational practices, and the adoption of consistent codes, standards, and regulatory procedures will collectively enable the successful integration of high levels of solar penetration on the grid. Specifically, there is a significant need for strong leadership and a clear way forward in: (a) establishing a standard set of metrics for solar forecast accuracy assessment, (b) development of new methods/algorithms/processes for solar forecasting, and (c) a rigorous estimation of the various value streams (including economic and reliability aspects) due to improved accuracy solar forecasting.

To further address these issues and encourage stakeholders to participate in improving the accuracy of solar forecasting, and to establish American leadership in cutting-edge solar resource forecasting techniques, the DOE, through this announcement, is planning to fund specific activities in foundational and applied research to improve the accuracy of solar forecasting, and demonstrating the application of more accuracy solar forecasts in power system operations. These activities are expected to enable significant, sustainable, and measurable progress in achieving accurate solar forecasting that is developed through foundational research, meet accuracy targets on a set of metrics developed by stakeholder consensus, validate the improved forecasts through data from existing and new instrumentation, and result in benefits shown through incorporating the forecasts into real-time power system operations and assessing the resulting impacts.

 

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 6/1/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: 6/1/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/28/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000651: SunShot Incubator Program

The SunShot Incubator program is designed to help small businesses make the leap from a great idea to the alpha/prototype phase or to the launch of their project, and thus accelerate the next generation of solar energy products into the market within a few years. Through the Incubator program, SunShot successfully leverages the expertise, capabilities, and facilities of DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and other national labs to support small businesses as they transition to industry.

This round of the SunShot Incubator Program is for both hardware and non-hardware solutions that reduce the cost of systems that convert solar energy into electric potential.   

The SunShot Incubator program consists of three tiers to which applications may be submitted:

Tier 1a includes awards up to $1,000,000 with a 20% cost share requirement over 12 months to accelerate the development of innovative hardware technologies from a proof of concept to a prototype.

Tier 1b includes awards up to $500,000 with a 20% cost share requirement over 12 months to accelerate the development of innovative non-hardware (soft BOS) technologies to the prototype/alpha product stage.

Tier 2 includes awards up to $4 million (anticipated award size of $1-2 million) with a 50% cost share requirement over 18 months that transition innovative hardware and non-hardware solutions into a pilot or v1.0 release and eventually full-scale deployment.


Webinar 2: This Webinar, mentioned in the FOA, will be held on May 14th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time.   Those interested in participating in the webinar should note the following:

•         Please check this website to make sure you have the appropriate system requirements needed to join the webinar: http://www.gotomeeting.com/fec/webinar/webinar_support.

•         Register at
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/672234145 Once submitted, the participant will receive an automated email with the webinar address.   

•         Audio is available through the Internet (headset/speakers) and over the phone.  You will be able to access audio through the Webinar pop up.  Clicking on Telephone will display the call-in number, which is also found in the registration confirmation email.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • SunShot.Incubator@ee.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@ee.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission 

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/9/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/29/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000654: Bridging Research Interactions through Collaborative Development Grants in Energy (BRIDGE)

**As per Amendment 003, the Letter of Intent to Apply for this FOA is OPTIONAL. ** 

 Bridging Research Interactions through Collaborative Development Grants in Energy (BRIDGE) is a new program that intends to support the SunShot Initiative by increasing the depth and breadth of expertise being applied to PV and CSP technology challenges. The BRIDGE program will employ a two-part linking approach to effectively develop U.S. capability in PV and CSP device and system design. First, BRIDGE will support the development of new Collaborative Research Teams (CRTs) of researchers who share coherent scientific goals and diverse but complementary theoretical, computational and/or experimental approaches. In addition, BRIDGE will encourage CRTs to explore opportunities to leverage existing DOE assets and expertise housed within the DOE Basic Energy Sciences (BES) Scientific User Facilities, the DOE Biological and Environmental Sciences (BER) Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) and Advanced Scientific Computing Research facilities (ASCR).

*Applicants are asked to submit an OPTIONAL Letter of Intent to Apply, as described in Section IV.B of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) as soon as possible.  The Letter of Intent can be submitted through the EERE eXCHANGE website.*

**PLEASE REGISTER AT HTTP://WWW.GRANTS.GOV  TO RECEIVE AUTOMATIC UPDATES WHEN AMENDMENTS TO THIS FOA ARE POSTED.  PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED THROUGH GRANTS.GOV.**

 Webinars for Potential Applicants

These webinars are intended to help potential applicants understand the scope and purpose of this FOA, in order to increase the quality of applications received.  All webinars will be recorded and made available online at www.solar.energy.gov/sunshot/past_workshops.html for the duration of the application period.

Webinar Dates/Time 

  • Wednesday, April 4th, 11:00am-12:30pm ET 
  • Tuesday, April 24th, 11:00am-12:30pm ET

Please register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/940236608

This webinar will provide an overview of the Funding Opportunity for DOE’s SunShot Initiative: Bridging Research Interactions through Collaborative Development Grants in Energy (BRIDGE), including:

  • Summary of SC Facilities
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Funding details
  • Application process
  • Evaluation criteria

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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FOA Documents

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 5/21/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/21/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000659: Notice - Pre-solicitation Meeting - Offshore Wind

The Wind and Water Power Program (WWPP) within the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy intends to release a Funding Opportunity Announcement, tentatively entitled “U.S. Offshore Wind: Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects”. WWPP is planning a pre-solicitation public meeting in order to provide notice in advance of release of the FOA and to afford prospective applicants an opportunity to comment on the planned FOA, which is summarized in this notice.

Contact Information

  • chris.hart@ee.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of application through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: TBD ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0000661: Regional Test Centers: Validation of Photovoltaic (PV) Modules and Systems

Under this Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance (NOTA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will provide technical assistance to the photovoltaic (PV) industry and other stakeholders in the form of validation testing and systems monitoring through DOE Regional Test Centers (RTCs).  While the primary mission of the RTCs is to develop standards and establish the technical basis for bankability, the RTCs will also function as test beds for large-scale systems and provide independent validation of PV performance and reliability.  Recipients of technical assistance will install PV modules and/or systems at all three RTC sites, if appropriate.  Technologies may include photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) applications. The DOE/RTCs would provide the land, the grid tie, and the testing / data monitoring required to support an assessment of product/system performance, consistency of PV module quality, degradation rates, and/or PV system reliability issues. 

 

Through this effort, the RTCs will develop standards and guidelines for validating the performance and operation of PV modules and systems. Recipients will benefit by acquiring third-party validation of the module or system performance which they may then compare with their prediction of performance.  Recipients may also propose to ask the RTCs to develop models for predicting module or system performance instead of asking for verification of their own predictions.

 

Technical assistance will not be provided for research, development, or early-stage testing and evaluation.  The focus of the RTCs is to accelerate adoption of renewable energy generation sources by helping U.S. PV manufacturers validate new commercially ready technologies.

           

DOE will not purchase hardware or otherwise provide direct funding to organizations selected from this Notice.  Agreements are comprised of Technical Assistance only.

 

Applicants are requested to submit a Letter of Intent via email to RTC@go.doe.gov 30 days before the submission due date (See Section III.C of the NOTA).  Letters of Intent and accompanying abstracts will be used by DOE to organize and expedite the merit review process.  Failure to submit such letters will not negatively affect a responsive application submitted in a timely fashion.  

      

Full applications must be submitted through the EERE Exchange website to be considered for award. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE Exchange website. The Users' guide for applying to Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Announcements through the Exchange website can be found at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx. 

Contact Information

  • RTC@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/29/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000683: Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute

 Amendment 2 issued 07/10/13

 Amendment 1 issued 07/02/13

 FOA document includes all Amendments. See document for details.

FOA Description: 

 

 The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to establish a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute (Institute) to support U.S. prosperity and security; and that will contribute to the creation of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).  The primary goals of the Institute are to revitalize American manufacturing and  support domestic manufacturing competitiveness by driving innovation, and developing and accelerating adoption of next generation manufacturing technologies that will increase energy productivity, improve product quality, reduce cost, waste or pollution leading to increased domestic production capacity, jobs for American workers and regional economic development.  The Institute established through this FOA will focus on wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors for power electronic devices 

Funding from this FOA (including required cost share) is not permitted for construction of new buildings or for major renovation of existing buildings.  Allowable costs include those necessary to house the Institute (including a possible lease for the first five years of the project), to make minor renovations as needed, and to purchase research equipment and instrumentation.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

Contact Information

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.
  • FOA0000683@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of the FOA. All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 7/16/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/29/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000686: Bio-Oil Stabilization and Commoditization

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended for research and development (R&D) at either (1) Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) 2 through 3 in Topic Area 1 or (2) TRL 4 through 6 in Topic Area 2, that will accelerate the development of thermochemical liquefaction technologies to produce a bio-oil feedstock from biomass considered to be a high-impact feedstock or from algal biomass.  The bio-oil feedstock produced must be utilized within a petroleum refinery and leverage its existing capital for further processing to final fuels (such as renewable: gasoline, diesel, jet fuel) that will contribute to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Renewable Fuels Standard volumetric goals for advanced biofuels

Contact Information

  • EE0000686@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questons must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 5/1/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: 5/1/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/29/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000687: Energy Innovation Hub - Critical Materials

The purpose of this FOA is to fund a Critical Materials Energy Innovation Hub to reduce materials criticality and prevent criticality of new materials that are essential for energy technologies. The Critical Materials Hub will coordinate Research and Development across the entire materials lifecycle. Research and Development will combine basic and applied research with engineering to accelerate scientific discovery utilizing highly collaborative teams across multiple scientific and engineering disciplines. The initial award period is for five years. The Hub will be funded up to a total of $20 million in the first year; up to $10 million of those funds can be devoted to infrastructure start-up for the Hub, including building renovation (but not new construction), lease arrangements, equipment, and instrumentation. It is anticipated that the Hub will be funded up to $25 million per year for Hub operations in the final four years of the initial award period, pending Congressional appropriations.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • CMHub@go.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the content of this announcement. All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regrding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 6/29/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: 6/29/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/30/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000699: Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) Request for Information (RFI)

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only.  DOE will not pay for information provided under this RFI and no project will be supported as a result of this RFI. This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives.  DOE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI. 

Availability of population-size datasets and powerful computational tools is revolutionizing the study of technology evolution and technology diffusion.  The SunShot Initiative seeks to examine how breakthroughs can be practically applied to accelerate the rates of solar energy technology evolution and deployment.  This RFI (see document under "FOA Documents" below) describes a structure for a potential funding opportunity that is intended overcome the key challenges in pursuing these lines of investigation, including requirements for access to relevant data sources, multidisciplinary involvement, and executing pilot experiments.  Respondents are asked to comment on the questions in the RFI.  Respondents are encouraged to comment on the efficacy of the anticipated funding opportunity in achieving the SunShot cost-reduction targets and to comment on their interests in participating in such an opportunity.

All responses to this RFI must be delivered electronically in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format as an attachment to an email sent to the following email address: SunShot.SEEDS-RFI@go.doe.gov.  Emails should have the subject line “SEEDS RFI Response”.

Contact Information

  • SunShot.SEEDS-RFI@go.doe.gov 

    All responses to this RFI must be delivered electronically in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format as an attachment to an email sent to this email address.  Emails should have the subject line “SEEDS RFI Response”.

    Questions may also be sent to this email address, with the subject line “Question”.  DOE reserves the right to answer questions at DOE’s sole discretion and any answers to questions will be posted on the EERE Exchange website (click on "FAQs webpage" below to view).

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@ee.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the EERE Exchange system.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/6/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000700: Hydropower Advancement Project (HAP) – Standard Assessments to Increase Generation and Value

The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Power Program, is seeking applications from hydropower professionals to participate in the Hydropower Advancement Project (HAP) standard assessments activity.

The HAP standard assessments will identify opportunities to increase generation and value at existing hydropower facilities.  Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DOE will select teams to perform these standard assessments. 

The selected teams will perform HAP standardized assessments as described herein and per the HAP documents associated with the standard assessments. The HAP documents are available at http://hydropower.ornl.gov/HAP/ and include the following:
1. Hydropower Technology Taxonomy (HTT)
2. Best Practices Catalog (BPC)
3. Assessment Manual

The selected teams will receive financial assistance in the form of a cooperative agreement and will complete HAP standardized assessments at five (5) or more hydropower facilities.

Assessment teams that are selected will be required to attend the HAP standard assessment training planned for October, 2012, and then to perform multiple HAP standard assessments as described in the FOA and per the HAP documents.

NOTE: Letters of Intent are requested, but not required. Please select "Apply"  to submit a Letter of Intent.

Important: As of May 2012 the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) along with several other Federal procurement systems is being incorporated into a single website called the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM site is located at  https://www.sam.gov/sam/As the migration of CCR into the SAM website is currently in process, should you be unable to find the CCR website (https://www.ccr.gov/) at its previous location, please use the SAM website in this paragraph. 

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • HAPHydrofoa@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 6/14/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/14/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000701: Fuel Cell Powered Airport Ground Support Equipment Deployment

Please note, the application due date has been extended to July, 20, 2012. 

 

With this FOA, DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program seeks applications for projects to demonstrate and deploy fuel cell hybrid ground support equipment (GSE) vehicles at airport and/or air freight distribution center sites. Packaged solutions for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems (5 to 20 kW) fueled by hydrogen with the ability to power a baggage tow tractor with 3,000 to 6,000 pounds (1,362 to 2,722 kg) towing capability for a minimum of 10 hours of continuous operation and 5000 total hours are sought.  Applications must focus on developing, deploying, and validating systems in the field under real world operating conditions. The target market is commercial airports and air freight distribution centers used by passenger airlines and air freight industries. Approximately $2,500,000 in FY 2012 DOE funding is expected to be available for new awards under this announcement. DOE anticipates making 1-3 awards under this announcement depending on the size of the awards.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • FCMTFOA@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.  All questions must be received at least three business days prior to the submission deadline.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to the submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/20/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000709: Technology Research, Development, and Tools for Clean Biomass Cookstoves

The goal of this solicitation is to increase the viability and deployment of renewable energy technologies through research, development, and tools that lead to clean and efficient biomass cookstoves. This solicitation seeks to develop cookstove technologies that:

·   Are low-cost and affordable in regions that currently rely predominantly on biomass fuels for household energy;

·   Are durable and safe, address the conditions, use the biomass fuels, and meet the needs of the people in geographical areas in which the stoves will be ultimately deployed;

·   Aim to meet or exceed the highest level of stove performance for total and indoor emissions, efficiency, and safety; and

·   Achieve field performance that is comparable to stove performance in laboratory testing.

These goals are intended to drive technology developments that can support the widespread adoption of affordable, user-desirable stoves that provide significant health benefits, labor and financial savings, and soil and forestry benefits.   

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • cookstoves@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All question must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to the submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/23/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000719: Innovative Biosynthetic Pathways to Advanced Biofuels

The Biomass Program has recently developed Critical Technology Goals (CTG) related to a) converting biomass into processable sugars or other fractionation products and b) upgrading those processable sugars or biomass fractions into products such as advanced biofuels.  These are new program elements which seek to continue the work of the previous Biochemical Platform. The new advances in biotechnology that are facilitating innovative improvements in the biomedical (and similar) fields have not been fully applied to the efforts to develop biotechnology for fuels and products. Synthetic biology technologies hold promise for addressing critical barriers in the biological and chemical production of important advanced biofuels and products, including such barriers as product inhibition, tolerance to inhibitors, process robustness in the face of complex pretreatment processes and low yields, and productivity of conversion processes.  This FOA invites the R&D community to apply these newer techniques to enhance and enable the development in biological or hybrid systems for producing advanced biofuels and high energy impact biobased  products.  

 

The focus of this FOA is found in these two topic areas:

 

1.      Topic Area 1- Intermediate Production:  Innovative synthetic biological approaches to the cost-effective fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass, both terrestrial and aquatic, into processable components such as fermentable sugars, modified lignin suitable for conversion to higher value materials, and oligomeric sugar fractions or biopolymers that are more easily converted to monomers for further processing.

 

2.      Topic Area 2 – Intermediate Transformations:  Innovative synthetic biological approaches to the cost-effective and high yield conversion of processable component fractions into advanced biofuels and high-energy impact bioproducts. 

 

The desired outcome is to improve the current performance metrics for lignocellulosic processing.

Contact Information

  • BioSynFOA@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange.  All questions must be submitted at least three (3) business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/21/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/10/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000720: HVACR to Home Performance: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Contractor Expansion into Whole House Residential Energy Efficiency Services, Request for Information

Please note, the RFI submission deadline has been extended to June 1, 2012.
 

 

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only, issued solely for information and program planning purposes; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. DOE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that DOE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this RFI do not bind DOE to any further actions related to this topic.

 

The DOE solicits input from all parties regarding how DOE can best support the expansion of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) businesses into residential whole-house energy efficiency services through new initiatives or by building upon existing “HVACR to Home Performance” efforts underway within the industry.  DOE may release a competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in Fiscal Year 2012 to support effort(s) that facilitate HVACR contactor expansion into home performance.  DOE invites comments on any or all of the Potential Topic Areas and Proposed Activities outlined in the Request. Of particular interest is information that would assist DOE in focusing its resources on activities with the highest potential for sustained market transformation in the HVACR industry beyond the scope of the potential grant period.

Please send your response (one attachment only) via email, with the subject line and title, "RFI Response" to HVACRHomePerformance@go.doe.gov. Your response should be limited to 5 pages, submitted in  Microsoft Word as an email attachment to the address above and received no later than 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on 6/1/2012. 

***Note deadline extended to 6/1/2012*** 

 

Contact Information

  • HVACRHomePerformance@go.doe.gov 

    Please send your response (one attachment only) via email, with the title, "RFI Response" to HVACRHomePerformance@go.doe.gov. Your response should be limited to 5 pages, submitted in  Microsoft Word as an email attachment to the address above and received no later than 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on 5/1/2012. 

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@ee.doe.gov 
    For Questions regarding the EERE Exchange system.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/1/2012 8:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000735: RFI - Hydrogen Storage Targets for Early Market Applications

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only, issued solely for information and program planning purposes; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. DOE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that DOE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this RFI do not bind DOE to any further actions related to this topic.

 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Fuel Cell Technologies Program, is issuing a RFI seeking input from stakeholders on the proposed performance, durability, and cost targets for hydrogen storage sub-systems designed for material handling and portable power fuel cell applications. Comments on the relevance and appropriateness of the suggested target values, including recommendations and justification for any targets that are not currently addressed are sought.

Contact Information

  • H2StorageTargets@go.doe.gov 

    Comments in response to this Request for Information (RFI) must be provided as an attachment to an e-mail message addressed to H2StorageTargets@go.doe.gov. All responses to this RFI must be delivered electronically to the aforementioned e-mail address using Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe PDF format.  DOE would prefer that responses to this RFI be no more than 5 pages in length excluding tables of proposed targets. Any questions related to this RFI should be submitted to the email address provided above. 

    Comments or questions must be provided no later than 11:59 PM EDT on June 15, 2012. 

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@ee.doe.gov 
    For Questions regarding the EERE Exchange system.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/30/2012 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000738: Material Handling and Backup Power Targets for Early Market Fuel Cell Applications Request for information (RFI)

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only, issued solely for information and program planning purposes; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts.  Your response to this notice will be treated as information only.  DOE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI.  Respondents are advised that DOE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI.  Reponses to this RFI do not bind DOE to any further actions related to this topic.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Fuel Cell Technologies Program, is issuing a RFI seeking input from stakeholders on proposed technical and cost targets for fuel cells designed for backup power and material handling applications.  Feedback on proposed performance, durability and cost targets, as well as on current status, for these two early market fuel cell applications is sought from developers, manufacturers, end users, and other stakeholders.   The targets are intended to meet end user expectations, and are not driven by the operating parameters or constraints of specific technologies. 

 Please send your response (one attachment only) via email, with the subject line and title, "RFI Response" to MHBPtargets@go.doe.gov. Your response should be limited to 5 pages, submitted in  Microsoft Word as an email attachment to the address above and received no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on 6/30/2012. 

 

Contact Information

  • MHBPtargets@go.doe.gov 

     Please send your response (one attachment only) via email, with the title, "RFI Response" to MHBPtargets@go.doe.gov. Your response should be limited to 5 pages, submitted in  Microsoft Word as an email attachment to the address above and received no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on 6/30/2012. 

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@ee.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the EERE Exchange system.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/30/2012 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000739: Innovative Pilot and Demonstration Scale Production of Advanced Biofuels

The intent of this FOA is to identify, evaluate, and select innovative pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefineries that can produce hydrocarbon fuels that meet military specifications for JP-5 (jet fuel primarily for the Navy), JP-8 (jet fuel primarily for the Air Force), or F-76 (diesel).  Integrated biorefineries proposed for this funding opportunity may employ various combinations of feedstocks and conversion technologies to produce a variety of products, but the primary focus must be on producing biofuels.  Novel and highly innovative technologies are strongly encouraged.  Topic Area 1 requests applicants to design, construct and/or operate an integrated pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery in order to validate the proposed technology using an acceptable lignocellulosic or waste-based feedstock, to produce an acceptable biofuel.  Processes are also eligible under this topic that can utilize advanced technology approaches for the efficient conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) (rather than direct conversion of lignocellulosic biomass) directly to liquid transportation fuels.  Topic Area 2 requests applicants to design, construct and/or operate an integrated pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery in order to validate the proposed technology using an acceptable algal type feedstock, to produce an acceptable biofuel.

Contact Information

  • InnovativePilot@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this FOA.  All questions must be received at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the EERE Exchange system.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 7/16/2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/10/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000745: RFI - Enhanced Algal Biofuel Intermediate Yields (EABIY)

The purpose of this request for information (RFI) is solely to solicit input for DOE consideration in the development of future algal biofuels research, development, and deployment (RD&D) programs. Information obtained in response to this RFI will be used by DOE on a non-attribution basis. Although DOE may determine as the result of this RFI to issue a formal Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), there is no guarantee that future funding opportunities or other activities will be undertaken as a result of this RFI.

This RFI provides algae stakeholders with an opportunity to contribute their views to help inform the development of OBP’s strategic plans, requirements, and metrics for a potential research and development (R&D) program focused on enhancing the yield of algal biofuel intermediates.  DOE is interested in stakeholders’ input regarding multiple types of algae, including microalgae, cyanobacteria, and macroalgae.  Specifically, the OBP requests information from algal biofuel developers to help establish appropriate scope, scale, and metrics for consideration in developing two topics: 1) Reductions in Downstream Processing Costs; and 2) Improved Algal Biomass Productivity.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/1/2012 8:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000748: Hydrogen Pathway Analyses

With this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the DOE through the Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) Program seeks to fund hydrogen pathway analyses to determine the most promising paths forward for the production and delivery of hydrogen, while also defining the key remaining challenges. The DOE will only accept applications that are responsive to the scope and topic area described below.

System-level analyses of hydrogen production and delivery technologies are needed to support selection of portfolio priorities through evaluations of technical progress and hydrogen cost status, as well as projections of technology timelines and benefits, and evaluation of the potential of production and delivery pathways to meet the FCT threshold cost goal of $2-$4/gge delivered and dispensed hydrogen by 2020.  This effort will include annual cost analyses of key remaining challenges for technology pathways within the Hydrogen P&D sub-program portfolio using, primarily, the Hydrogen Analysis (H2A) model to determine status improvements resulting from technology advancements. For example, production pathways that may be considered under the direction of the FCT Program include, but are not limited to: reforming of biomass-derived renewable liquids for distributed production of hydrogen; distributed, semi-central and central water electrolysis; solar high-temperature water splitting; photoelectrochemical water splitting; and biological processes using micro-organisms for photolytic, fermentation, and microbial electrolysis for large-scale central hydrogen production. 

An initial cost model validation by the recipient may be required. The validation will be done by defining a baseline cost based largely on data from a current industry accepted hydrogen production pathway which will be selected and approved by DOE’s P&D Team.

The recipient will be responsible for vetting all user-input values used in the H2A analysis and for clearly and precisely presenting the results and sensitivity analyses of the technologies/pathways analyzed. The recipient’s project will be subject to evaluation by system developers, independent peer review, and the DOE Annual Peer Review and Merit Evaluation process.  Results of the evaluation will be used to determine whether the project will continue through the following years. The recipient will also be required to present results as needed to USDrive technology teams e.g., the Hydrogen Production Technology Team (HPTT). Project deliverables will include:

  1. Cost estimates and analyses, and their updates of hydrogen technology pathways as directed by DOE (with power point slides and written reports when requested) for distributed and central hydrogen production and delivery technologies/pathways
  2. Validation of  cost model based on data from current industry accepted hydrogen production technologies and processes
  3. Final report documenting the results of the analyses including sensitivity analyses along with standard tornado charts to demonstrate critical correlation cost drivers 

This FOA was Amended on 11/6/2012, as shown in the file below.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/13/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000753: RFI - High-Accuracy Hydrogen Meters

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only, issued solely for information and program planning purposes; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts.  Your response to this notice will be treated as information only.  The Department of Energy (DOE) will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI.  Respondents are advised that DOE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI.  Reponses to this RFI do not bind DOE to any further actions related to this topic. Through this RFI, the DOE seeks feedback from interested parties on the current and near-term status and availability of high-accuracy meters that can perform under hydrogen fueling conditions and meet measurement accuracy requirements.

 

Specifically, this RFI requests information for three (3) areas of interest:

 

Area of Interest 1: Current meter status

Area of Interest 2: Accuracy status

Area of Interest 3: Market demand and availability

 

All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to an e-mail message addressed to h2meters@go.doe.gov. Please specify the Area of Interest in your response and submit separate responses for each Area of Interest addressed, and include the name of the organization responding. The response should be limited to two (2) pages; however, the Fuel Cell Technologies Program encourages respondents to include references, tables and figures, which will not count toward the two-page limit.  Additionally, the form provided for Area of Interest 1 will not count toward the two-page limit. DOE discourages the inclusion of proprietary or confidential information; however, if provided, it should be clearly marked as such.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/21/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000772: CSP Heat Integration for Baseload Renewable Energy Development FOA

 **When submitting your Letter of Intent please be sure that your team is in compliance with Section IV.B, Application and Submission Information of the FOA.  In addition please confirm your status is registering as submitted, so as to avoid any issues during the review process. **

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative seeks to fund Research, Development and Demonstrations (RD&D) to create highly disruptive Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies that will meet the SunShot installed system cost target of 6 cents per kilowatt-hour (6¢/kWh) or lower by the end of this decade. Reaching this goal will make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity without subsidies and enable widespread deployment across the United States.  The CSP Heat Integration for Baseload Renewable Energy Development Funding Opportunity Announcement (CSP HIBRED FOA) intends to support advancement of the hybridization of CSP technologies with existing fossil fuel plants.  CSP hybridization is defined as thermal and or chemical energy from a CSP system being combined with the thermal and or chemical energy in a fossil fueled power generation system for the production of electricity. A goal of the CSP HIBRED FOA is to catalyze wider CSP hybrid deployment in the power industry.

 

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Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 1/14/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/9/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000788: Rooftop Solar Challenge II

The Rooftop Solar Challenge II (RSC II) is a program intended to deploy, at the regional and national scale innovative, local government-level solutions towards eliminating market barriers and lowering the non-hardware balance of system costs (“soft costs”) of grid-tied solar photovoltaics (PV).  Applicants will be expected to have already demonstrated exceptional progress towards achieving soft cost reductions in specific geographic areas, and must present a credible plan to build on these successes by rapidly deploying techniques and tools to achieve larger-scale impact on solar PV markets.  In addition to receiving a rigorous qualitative evaluation, Applicants will be quantitatively assessed and scored during and at the end of the project period according to the DOE Solar Market Maturity Model (SM3).  Applicants are expected to propose a means for achieving the widespread process standardization that is critical to achieving rapid scale-up of PV markets.

Applicants may apply for one of two Topic Areas of awards:

1.      Topic Area A: Wide-Impact Awards:   These awards are intended to fund unique and innovative approaches to local solar PV market transformation, with particular focus on approaches with wide geographic and large population impacts.

2.      Topic Area B: State and Regional-Impact Awards:  These awards are intended to fund efforts to streamline and standardize processes at the state and regional level. 

 

In accordance with 10 CFR 600.6(b), eligibility for award is restricted to Applicants:

·         Located in the United States; and

·         State or territorial governments; or

·         Local governments; or

·         Consortia, made up of regional or statewide teams of local, governments, large single jurisdictions, or Tribal governments; or

·         Non-profit or for-profit entities authorized to act on behalf of a consortia of state and/or local governments, and 

·         The total population represented or impacted by an Applicant for this FOA must be 1,000,000 or greater as defined by the 2010 report of the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

Applications must be submitted through the EERE eXCHANGE website to be considered for award. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for the EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website http://eere.energy.gov/financing/exchangeExchange/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system.

 

Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of the announcement and where to submit questions regarding submission of applications is found in the full FOA posted on the EERE Exchange website.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 1/25/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/25/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/22/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000791: RFI - Advanced Biomass Feedstock Logistics Systems

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only.  DOE will not pay for information provided under this RFI and no project will be supported as a result of this RFI.  This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives.  DOE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI. 

 

DOE is issuing this RFI to obtain input from all interested stakeholders and the research community regarding efficient strategies and technologies for reducing the delivered cost of lignocellulosic biomass, increasing industry-accessible biomass volumes, and ensuring input quality specifications required by a variety of biorefinery processes are met.  This area is considered extremely important to achieving the 2022 biofuels goals for the Biomass Program under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA, 2007).

 

Responses to this RFI must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format and attached to an email addressed to Logistics_RFI@go.doe.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on November 21, 2012.

Contact Information

  • Logistics_RFI@go.doe.gov 
    Responses to this RFI must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format and attached to an email addressed to Logistics_RFI@go.doe.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on November 21, 2012.
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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/21/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000792: Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing Research and Development - Round 4

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to achieve cost reduction of solid-state lighting (SSL) for general illumination through improvements in manufacturing equipment, processes, or techniques.  It is anticipated that success will lead to a more rapid adoption/installation of high-quality SSL products resulting in a significant reduction of energy use and a corresponding reduction of environmental pollutants.  A secondary objective is to maintain, in the case of light emitting diodes (LEDs), or establish, in the case of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), the manufacturing and technology base within the US.

 

The Program Areas of Interest for this Announcement include topics for LED and OLED technologies.  Improvements to cost-influencing metrics through the proposed approach shall not come at the expense of product performance metrics such as efficacy or color quality. 

 

Program Area of Interest 1:  LED Luminaire/Module Manufacturing

Program Area of Interest 2:  LED Test and Inspection Equipment

Program Area of Interest 3:  OLED Deposition Equipment

Program Area of Interest 4:  OLED Materials Manufacturing

 

For additional information regarding Solid-State Lighting Research and Development, please see the 2012 Manufacturing Roadmap which can be found at http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/publications/pdfs/ssl/ssl_manuf-roadmap_august2012.pdf

 

The full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov. Applications must be submitted through the EERE eXCHANGE website to be considered for award. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for the EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website http://eere.energy.gov/financing/exchangeExchange/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system.

Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of the announcement and where to submit questions regarding submission of applications is found in the full FOA posted on the EERE Exchange website.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/21/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000793: Amendment 000003 - Fiscal Year 2013 Vehicles Technologies Program-Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement

Amendment 000003 to DE-FOA-0000793.  To view the changes associated with amendment, please refer to the FOA document below.


The mission of the Vehicle Technology Program (VTP) is to develop more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technologies for highway transportation vehicles (cars and trucks) that will meet or exceed performance expectations and environmental requirements, and enable America to use significantly less petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  The VTP focuses on highway vehicles, which account for 55 percent of total U.S. oil use ─ more than all U.S. domestic oil production.  Cost-competitive, more energy-efficient and fuel diverse vehicles will enable individuals and businesses to accomplish their daily tasks while reducing consumption of gasoline and diesel fuels. This will reduce U.S. demand for petroleum, lower carbon emissions, and decrease energy expenditures.

The VTP funds the advanced technology Research & Development (R&D) needed to achieve these goals. In the near to mid-term, transportation energy use can be reduced through improved vehicle energy efficiency from more efficient advanced combustion engines, Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV), Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), and Electric Vehicle (EV) powertrains, and through reduced vehicle weight and ancillary load requirements.

This FOA supports the President’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge with the goal of enabling U.S. companies to be the first in the world to produce electric vehicles that are as affordable for the average American family as today’s gas-powered vehicles within the next 10 years (by 2022).

Electric drive vehicles such as HEVs, PHEVs, and EVs have been identified as one important way to address the challenges of the nation’s dependence on imported oil and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  VTP’s specific goals in this area include enabling the use of advanced electric drive technologies in vehicles by developing low-cost batteries, advanced power electronics and electric motors, along with the development and validation of models and simulation tools to predict the performance of advanced conventional and electric-drive vehicle systems. 

Advanced materials are essential for reducing vehicle weight to boost the fuel economy of modern automobiles, while maintaining safety and performance. Replacing cast iron and traditional steel components with lightweight materials such as high-strength steel, magnesium, aluminum, and polymer composites allows vehicles to carry advanced emissions-control equipment, safety devices, and integrated electronic systems, without an associated weight penalty. Using lighter materials also reduces a vehicle’s fuel consumption, because it takes less energy to accelerate a lighter object. For example, a 10% reduction in vehicle weight can yield a 6%–8% fuel-economy improvement.

Increasing the electric operating range of electric-drive vehicles is one of the keys to achieving mass market adoption in the U.S.  High efficiency occupant heating and cooling systems have the potential to significantly increase vehicle electric driving range while providing superior occupant comfort. Because of the higher efficiency of electric-drive vehicles, auxiliary loads such as passenger cabin heating, cooling, and window defrosting/defogging have a more significant impact on efficiency than in vehicles using internal combustion engines as their primary source of power.  Improving heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems is an essential component in the development of widely-accepted electric-drive vehicles.

As reflected in the FOA document, this FOA contains a total of 12 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced lightweighting and propulsion materials; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/29/2013 8:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000796: RFI - Carbon, Hydrogen and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways (CHASE Bio-Oil Pathways)

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only.  DOE will not pay for information provided under this RFI and no project will be supported as a result of this RFI.  This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives.  DOE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI. 

 

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to garner input from researchers in industry, academia, and other interested biofuels stakeholders to identify key technical barriers in converting biomass via thermochemical direct liquefaction pathways to transportation fuels in the gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel ranges.  For the purpose of this RFI, thermochemical direct liquefaction pathways include fast pyrolysis, in situ and ex situ catalytic pyrolysis, hydropyrolysis, hydrothermal (or solvent) liquefaction followed by various combinations of bio-oil stabilization and upgrading processes.  At a recent stakeholder workshop hosted by the Department of Energy’s Office of Biomass Program (OBP) (“Conversion Technologies for Advanced Biofuels”), several technology deficiencies were identified that were applicable to all of these pathways, in particular:

  1. Developing selective fractionation and separation systems in bio-oil processing;
  2. Improving H2 production, use, and transfer in biomass liquefaction and bio-oil upgrading; and
  3. Developing technologies for use and mitigation of the aqueous fraction of bio-oil.

Information regarding the significance of these technical barriers and the resources required to address these technology deficiencies is sought.  The information provided may be used by OBP in support of program planning.

 

All responses to this RFI must be delivered electronically in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format as an attachment to an email sent to the following email address: CHASE_RFI@go.doe.gov no later than 8:00 p.m. EDT on December 5, 2012.  Emails should have the subject line “RFI Response for CHASE Bio-oil Pathways”.

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  • CHASE_RFI@go.doe.gov 
    All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment (in Microsoft Word, .doc or .docx, or PDF format) to this email address with the subject line “RFI Response for CHASE Bio-oil Pathways”.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0000805: Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP: ELEMENTS)

Amendment 001: The purpose of this amendment is to modify Section I.C. to add the language, “TCES systems that utilize fuel cells are not of programmatic interest and will be considered non-compliant.”

 

The Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP: ELEMENTS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking applications that integrate Thermochemical Energy Storage (TCES) systems with a minimum of 6 hours of thermal storage to be used in ≥1 Megawatt-electric (≥1 MWe) scale CSP electricity generation that have promise to achieve a cost target of ≤$15 per kilowatt-hour-thermal (≤$15/kWhth) are the focus of this FOA.  Successful projects will culminate in an on-sun demonstration of the thermochemical reactor along with reliable projections of the full scale performance of the integrated storage system through the utilization of validated performance models developed as part of the research and development effort.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/23/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/23/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000806: Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency II (FPACE II): Model Systems

With this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative is soliciting collaborative research teams to define and fabricate model systems that utilize a single p-n junction device structure and have the potential to approach Shockley-Queisser power conversion efficiency limits (for a chosen bandgap and absorber material). The emphasis of this FOA is assembling cohesive and highly diverse teams of experts within and outside the PV community who can achieve the goals of creating a model system concept and a subsequent device that can approach theoretical limits. DOE SunShot anticipates significant collaboration between experts in fundamental materials, characterization, device physics, ab-initio simulations, and PV device integration to adequately address these issues.

 

Overview Webinar: The Webinar mentioned in the FOA was held on February 22nd, 2013 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time. 

The Webinar script and slides are provided in the FOA Documents section below.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 3/7/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/8/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000811: Algae Biomass Yield (ABY)

The objective of the Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield (ABY) funding opportunity is to demonstrate, at a process development unit scale of one (1) acre cultivation equivalent, algal biofuel intermediate yield of 2,500 gallons of biofuel feedstock (or equivalent dry weight basis) per acre per year by 2018. The Biomass Technologies Office believes this target is an important milestone in reducing the cost of algal biofuels to cost-competitive levels on the way to achieving 5,000 gallons per acre by 2022.

 

This FOA will focus on a longer-term (up to 60 months) effort to integrate research and development on comprehensive mid-scale processes from strain development to production of biofuel intermediates. This will complement and build upon the current body of research to support enhanced algal biomass yields. The FOA establishes one comprehensive topic area encouraging integrated research that focuses on the following three main priority areas:

 

1 – Improvements in Algal Biomass Productivity;

2 – Improvements in Preprocessing Technologies; and

3 – Technical Advances that Enable Integration of Algal Biomass Unit Operations.

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  • ABYFOA@go.doe.gov 
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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/11/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/1/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000812: Carbon, Hydrogen, and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways (CHASE Bio-Oil Pathways)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will address research and development (R&D) challenges that were identified at a stakeholder workshop held in December 2011 called “Conversion Technologies for Advanced Biofuels” (CTAB) and from a Request for Information (RFI) conducted in November 2012.  This FOA will focus on moving knowledge and understanding of basic or fundamental principles observed at Technical Readiness Level (TRL) 1 into practical, applied research and development at TRLs 2-3 or beyond.  The results of the experimental data produced at TRLs 2-3 should validate the researcher’s analytical predictions and lead to inventions or innovations that help overcome key technical barriers to improved yield and economic feasibility of producing biofuels via thermochemical, direct liquefaction pathways (i.e. fast pyrolysis, ex situ and in situ catalytic fast pyrolysis, hydropyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, and solvent liquefaction). 

 

Specifically, this FOA will focus on three barriers repeatedly identified at CTAB and in the RFI: 1) carbon efficiency: developing selective fractionation and separation systems in bio-oil processing; 2) hydrogen efficiency: improving H2 production, use, and transfer in biomass liquefaction and bio-oil upgrading; and 3) separations efficiency: developing technologies for use and mitigation of the aqueous fraction of bio-oil.  The experimental data and technology innovations or inventions produced from this research are crucial to realizing the Office of the Biomass Program’s goal of producing bio-oils with desirable qualities for making hydrocarbon transportation fuels in the gasoline, diesel, and jet range at less than $3 per gallon (gasoline equivalent) and that will enable technologies that contribute to the EISA Section 202 RFS goals.  In addition to accelerating the commercial scale deployment of biofuels that can contribute to the RFS and beyond, these technologies will enable an economic opportunity for the United States of America.  With the ability to produce more than one product, development of these technologies also provides a diversification of risk for the biofuels industry.

 

Successful applicants will provide an R&D work-plan to address the technical barriers that must be overcome to produce a hydrocarbon fuel blendstock at $3.00/gallon or less (gasoline equivalent), and demonstrate the potential to transfer findings to pilot- and demonstration-scale systems. The Department of Energy (DOE) expects to make 3–5 awards through this FOA.  Awards will be in the $3 million range for the total lifetime of the project, and projects are expected to last for up to three years.  DOE anticipates that up to $12 million in funding will be available for projects resulting from this FOA.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/13/2013 11:59 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/20/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000822: "Turn Key" Open Source Software Solutions for Energy Management of Small to Medium Sized Buildings

Buildings consume over 40% of the total energy consumption in the U.S. A significant portion of the energy consumed in buildings is wasted because of the lack of building controls or the inability to use existing Building Automation Systems (BAS) properly. Over 90% of the buildings in the U.S. are either small-sized (<5,000 square feet, or sf) or medium-sized (between 5,000 sf and 50,000 sf); these buildings typically do not use BAS to monitor and control their building systems from a central location. This FOA seeks to develop a “turn key” BAS solution using Open-Source software and architecture specifically tailored to small and medium buildings to advance opportunities for energy efficiency in this sector.

 

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/22/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/24/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000823: Building Technologies Innovations Program

BTO is seeking innovative approaches for improving the energy performance of buildings.  BTO plans to stimulate new innovations in the ET portfolio by supporting relatively small projects that evaluate new ideas aligned with our program goals. The funding for each project will be between $250K- $750K, with the average award ~ $500K.  These projects will be of relatively short duration (≤ 2 years), with clear milestones for measuring success.  All building energy topics are eligible for submission, with the exception of solid-state lighting.  Note that this FOA is only for the ET program that supports research and development; proposed deployment efforts will not be considered. Technology Innovations supported under this FOA may have the opportunity to seek additional, larger amounts of funding through future BTO FOAs.

All proposed technologies or approaches must have the potential to reduce building energy consumption, energy costs, or GHG emissions, or a combination of these benefits.  Both technology performance improvements and technology cost reductions are of interest.  BTO expects a concise overview, justification for why a proposed technology or approach will lead to significant improvement over the current state-of-the-art, a detailed description of the technical approach, a strong team and resources, and a description of a commercialization path within five years.  Any benefits must be clearly described and justified.  In addition, the commercialization potential of the proposed technology or approach will be considered as part of the evaluation process.  Given the FOA objective of researching and developing technologies that are within 5 years of commercialization, applicants must describe how the proposed technology or approach can be realistically commercialized within 5 years.  For example, if an award from this FOA provides the first 2 years of support, assuming additional follow-on support is obtained what would be the path to commercialization within the remaining 3 years?

 

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  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 3/18/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/1/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/28/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000829: Better Buildings: Commercial Energy Efficiency Solutions

This funding opportunity seeks proposals for new technical, business and implementation solutions to deliver energy efficiency in small commercial buildings (50,000 sq. ft. or smaller) resulting in energy savings of at least 20% in existing buildings and meeting or exceeding Architecture 2030 50% Challenge targets in new construction.   Proposers should identify and address the key barriers in the market, and demonstrate how their solution will address these barriers, through demonstration and deployment activities, resulting in uptake at scale in the target market.  Proposals should concisely describe how the team, as led by a partner that exhibits deep understanding and orientation to the small commercial buildings market, and has a demonstrated ability to successfully implement market uptake programs, will move innovative energy efficiency solutions forward in at least one subsector of the small commercial buildings market.  Successful proposals must demonstrate a clear plan for further scalability so that projects come out of the funding period with the necessary elements to support a robust multi-region or national program.   Successful awards will fund the design and development of innovative technical and market uptake solutions, demonstration of the solution to reach energy performance targets in at least one sub-market (geographic and/or building type), and development or implementation of a plan to take the model to national scale.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/22/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/24/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000832: Program for Research Fellowships and Workforce Development for Hydropower

Since 2010, the Department of Energy has supported research fellowships for the hydropower industry. These fellowships have proven to be very impactful to the hydropower industry.

Topic Area 1: University Research Awards for Hydropower

The Department of Energy would like to solicit for a partner to administer 10 to 20 additional research fellowships for the hydropower industry. 

Topic Area 2:  Workforce Development for Hydropower

The Department of Energy would like to solicit for an organization to complete an analysis of the existing hydropower workforce, current and future workforce needs, available training/educational programs, and future training/educational needs of the U.S. hydropower industry.

You may apply to more than one Topic Area; however, you must submit a separate Application within EERE Exchange for each Topic Area.

NOTE: Letters of Intent are not required but are requested. Please see the Funding Opportunity Announcement document for additional information on Letters of Intent. Letters of Intent should be submitted by email to CHFOA832@go.doe.gov by 4:59 PM Eastern Time on 07/16/2013.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/8/2013 4:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000836: Advanced Biomass Feedstock Logistics Systems II

The lack of logistics systems capable of handling and delivering sufficiently high tonnage year-round volumes of high quality feedstocks to support the rapid escalation of cellulosic biofuels production has been identified as a significant barrier to the expansion of a sustainable domestic biofuels industry.  In particular, biomass physical and chemical quality parameters have repeatedly been identified as significant challenges to the smooth operation and economic viability of biorefineries.

This FOA will focus on developing and demonstrating strategies, equipment, and rapid analytical methods to manage feedstock quality within economic constraints throughout the feedstock supply chain.  The main effort in Proposals must be directed toward full-scale demonstration of integrated feedstock supply chain systems that can deliver the volume of high quality, affordable, high impact feedstocks required by commercial biorefineries over a significant geographic area in the United States.

DOE plans to support the increased production of high volumes of sustainably produced domestic biofuels from cellulosic feedstocks by seeking Proposals to design new systems or adapt existing systems to handle industrial scale volumes of cellulosic feedstocks from the harvest point to the throat of the biorefinery reactor.  

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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FOA Documents

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/15/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/22/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000837: Accelerating the Deployment of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies in South Africa and Saudi Arabia

Please note, the Full Application Document Required Files/Forms has been revised.

 

Please note, the application due date has been extended to July 12, 2013. 

 

The objective of this FOA is to develop and implement a variety of activities that deploy U.S. technical expertise in areas such as strategic and policy planning and analysis, energy market analysis, energy modeling, workforce development, and technical analysis to prime markets for increased use of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies in South Africa and Saudi Arabia. Benefits to the U.S. include potentially increased exports of domestic clean energy technologies and services in rapidly expanding markets, as well as access to data on clean energy policy and program successes and challenges that can inform U.S. national and subnational policy development. DOE anticipates providing two awards totalling $900k (one $450k award for activities in South Africa; one $450k award for activities in Saudi Arabia). The awardees will implement these activities over a period of up to three years to accomplish the goals of this funding opportunity. This FOA directly supports the goals of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), International.

Please note, the application due date has been extended to July 12, 2013. 

 

The objective of this FOA is to develop and implement a variety of activities that deploy U.S. technical expertise in areas such as strategic and policy planning and analysis, energy market analysis, energy modeling, workforce development, and technical analysis to prime markets for increased use of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies in South Africa and Saudi Arabia. Benefits to the U.S. include potentially increased exports of domestic clean energy technologies and services in rapidly expanding markets, as well as access to data on clean energy policy and program successes and challenges that can inform U.S. national and subnational policy development. DOE anticipates providing two awards totalling $900k (one $450k award for activities in South Africa; one $450k award for activities in Saudi Arabia). The awardees will implement these activities over a period of up to three years to accomplish the goals of this funding opportunity. This FOA directly supports the goals of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), International.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/20/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/12/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000838: SunShot Incubator Program - Round 8

The SunShot Incubator Program is an aggressive pay for performance program focused on helping solar startups rapidly refine and commercialize promising, proven technologies and ideas. The program seeks to accelerate the commercialization of solar energy products and solutions that dramatically lower the cost of solar power.

This round of the SunShot Incubator Program is for both hardware and non-hardware solutions that reduce the cost of systems that convert solar energy into electric potential.   

The SunShot Incubator program consists of five (5) tiers (divided between hardware and non-hardware) to which applications may be submitted:

Hardware:

Tier 0 includes awards of up to $500,000 with a 20% cost share requirement over 12 months to accelerate the transition from a proof-of-concept of all critical components to an early stage functional prototype.

Tier 1 includes awards of up to $1,000,000 with a 20% cost share requirement over 12 months to accelerate transition of early state functional prototype to manufacturing and commercially relevant prototype made in the lab.

Tier 2 includes awards of up to $4,000,000 with a 50% cost share requirement over 18 months to develop the manufacturing processes and equipment to move from a fully developed lab prototype to pilot-scale production.

Non-Hardware:

Tier 1S includes awards of up to $500,000 with a 20% cost share requirement over 12 months to accelerate transition of proof-of-concept or business plan to alpha capability and early customer trials.

Tier 2S includes awards of up to $2,000,000 with a 50% cost share requirement over 18 months to transition alpha capability through beta launch and full commercialization.


If you are interested in learning more please see the below section titled “FOA Documents” and download and read the full Funding Opportunity Announcement. This document provides a detailed program description and instructions on how to apply.

To learn more about the history of the Incubator program please see: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/sunshot/incubator.html

Two Webinars will be hosted by Incubator program staff to walk through program details and answer questions. Further details are provided in the FOA.

Please refer back here, to this website and section, for updates on the FOA and schedule.

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/483586832

Incubator 8 Full Application Webinar

 

Title:

Incubator 8 Full Application Webinar 3-5

Date:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Time:

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

 

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • SunShot.Incubator@ee.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement. All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/5/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/30/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000846: RFI - Fenestration Attachment Certification and Labeling

The Department of Energy (DOE) is currently requesting information and feedback from interested parties on its interest in future work for fenestration attachment energy rating and labeling efforts. DOE is considering a future Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) regarding this topic and seeks input from stakeholders on the appropriate scope and details regarding the potential FOA.

This Request for Information (RFI) is not a FOA; therefore the DOE is not accepting applications for funding regarding this topic at this time and may not issue a FOA as a result of this RFI.

Any questions concerning the content of this RFI must be sent to the following email address: BTPFenCert@go.doe.gov. Emails should have the subject line "Question." 

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • btpfencert@go.doe.gov 
    All responses to this RFI must be delivered electronically in Microsoft Word (.doc) format as an attachment to an e-mail sent to the following email address: btpfencert@go.doe.gov. E-mails should have the subject line “Fenestration Attachment Certification." Any questions about the content of this RFI must be sent to the following email address: btpfencert@go.doe.gov. Emails should have the subject line “Question”.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe 
    For questions regarding the EERE Exchange System.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/31/2013 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000847: Marine and Hydrokinetic (Wave) Testing Infrastructure Development

To potentially support the full-scale testing of MHK wave energy devices, the Water Power Program intends to evaluate site locations, designs, and estimated costs for an open water, fully energetic domestic wave test facility. It is expected that a viable grid-connected facility will be capable of testing both scaled prototypes and full-scale (utility-scale) wave energy conversion devices in order to evolve reliable, low cost, renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuel. Prototype testing is essential to mature existing wave technologies, validate performance against analytic models, demonstrate compliance with applicable design standards and thereby mitigate the technical and financial risk of developing and deploying mass-produced wave energy devices, plants, technologies and related products. Construction and operation of a full-scale domestic wave test facility will assist the U.S. industry by identifying design and manufacturing deficiencies early in the development cycle and validate modifications and improvements prior to commercial deployment. Ultimately, this new testing capability will improve the country’s competitiveness in MHK energy technology, encourage domestic manufacturing, job creation, and provide a new technology that utilizes an untapped renewable resource to help achieve the nation’s energy goals.

This FOA is intended to identify possible site locations and evaluate the potential to establish a national wave testing facility within U.S. territorial waters.

Letters of Intent are requested, but NOT required.  The deadline for Letters of Intent is 7/26/2013 at 5 pm EST.  Please submit Letters of Intent to Testing_Infrastructure_FOA@go.doe.gov.  

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/27/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000848: Marine and Hydrokinetic System Performance Advancement

The objective of the Marine and Hydrokinetic System Performance Advancement FOA is to advance technology performance of existing marine and hydrokinetic systems through the development and application of innovative components that are designed and built specifically for MHK applications.  This FOA will focus on improving the cost competitiveness of systems already in development, with the goal of advancing the technology performance of these systems.

 

This FOA will support component development projects in three topic areas that have the greatest potential to impact power to weight ratio and availability:

 

  • Topic Area 1:  Advanced Controls – to improve energy capture, availability, and safety.
  • Topic Area 2:  Next-Gen Power Take-Off (PTO) – to increase energy efficiency, reduce weight, and improve reliability.  
  • Topic Area 3:  Optimized Structures to improve energy capture, reduce weight, and improve reliability.

IMPORTANT: Letters of Intent (LOI) are required. You must create and submit an LOI within the Exchange system by 05/13/2013, 11:59 PM ET, in order to apply under this FOA. Please review Section IV.B. of the FOA document (link below) for specific information on LOIs, including instructions for completing the "Abstract" area within the LOI page in Exchange. Once you have reviewed the instructions, click "Apply" to create and submit a Letter of Intent. If you intend to apply under more than one Topic Area, you must create and submit by the deadline a separate Letter of Intent within Exchange for each Topic Area under which you intend to apply.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Contact Information

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions about the Exchange System or submitting an application through Exchange.
  • SPAFOA848@go.doe.gov 
    For questions about the content of the FOA document. All questions must be received at least 3 business days prior to the submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 5/13/2013 11:59 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/3/2013 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000855: Request for Information (RFI) - Automotive Fuel Cell Cost and Durability Targets

Please note, the RFI submission deadline has been extended to June 1, 2013. 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from stakeholders on proposed cost targets for fuel cells designed for automotive applications.  The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from developers, manufacturers, end users, and other stakeholders on proposed cost and durability targets for automotive fuel cell systems.  The proposed targets are $40/kW in 2020 and $30/kW for the ultimate target (2030) for automotive fuel cell system cost, and 5000hrs or 150,000 miles for durability.  This RFI is not and will not lead directly to a Funding Opportunity Announcement; therefore the DOE is not accepting applications at this time.

Contact Information

  • FCcosttargets@go.doe.gov 
    Comments in response to this RFI must be provided as an attachment to an e-mail message addressed to FCcosttargets@go.doe.gov. All responses to this RFI must be delivered electronically to the aforementioned e-mail address. DOE would prefer that responses to this RFI be no more than 5 pages in length. Targets should represent values required to meet end user expectations, and should not reflect the abilities or limitations of a particular technology. Any questions related to this RFI should be submitted to the email address provided above. DOE will not publish any report or compendium of responses received from this RFI.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe 
    For questions regarding the EERE Exchange System

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/1/2013 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000856: Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED)

 **PLEASE NOTE THE EXTENSION TO THE APPLICATION DEADLINE** 

Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED)

The Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking applications that help to support the increased power system research, development, and analytical capacity while simultaneously growing the expertise and preparedness of current and incoming electric utility sector professionals for high penetrations of solar and other distributed energy technologies. In order to achieve this joint capability and human capacity development, Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) will support two activities: training consortia that focus on quickly bringing their findings into training and educational initiatives; and a national coordination network that will link these consortia to one another and other relevant power system R&D and training activities.

Contact Information

  • SunShotGEARED@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of the FOA. All questions must be received at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/12/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/24/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000857: Diversity in Science and Technology Advances National Clean Energy in Solar (DISTANCE-Solar)

The Diversity in Science and Technology Advances National Clean Energy in Solar program (DISTANCE-Solar) contributes to a successful U.S. solar industry with SunShot (and beyond SunShot) science and technology research advances paired with the development of a diverse and innovative workforce. The long term desired outcomes of this program are to increase innovation in solar, with a greater diversity of innovative ideas being driven by greater representation from members of currently underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), spur new job creation in the U.S., and integrate more solar into the U.S. energy supply.  The near term goal of the program regarding workforce and underrepresented groups is to create a more diverse professional solar workforce, through students’ direct research participation and the exposure of more students to solar-related content in courses. The near term goal of the program regarding solar technology research is to contribute scientifically to technologies that can help achieve (or exceed) the SunShot Program objective to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. At the intersection of the goals for diverse workforce and solar technology is the near term goal to build Minority Serving Institution (MSI) solar research capabilities. Individual or teams of primary investigators from MSIs can apply to this FOA with proposals that include 3 year projects describing an Education and Workforce Development Plan paired with a Solar Research Technical Plan. EERE anticipates providing, under DISTANCE-Solar, $1,500,000 -$3,000,000 total DOE funding over three years subject to the availability of annual appropriations. The total number of projects expected to be awarded under this FOA will be 2-4 projects. Cost share is encouraged, but not required for this program.

Eligibility for award is restricted to accredited, domestic colleges and universities defined as Minority Servicing Institutions (Section § 365(3) the Higher Education Act (HEA) (20 U.S.C. 1067k(3))). The list of accredited colleges and universities defined as Minority Serving Institutions can be found at: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst-list-tab.html

 

 Webinars for Potential Applicants

Webinars have been arranged to provide an overview of the Diversity in Science and Technology Advances National Clean Energy in Solar program (DISTANCE-Solar) for potential applicants. Topics covered will include:

·         Eligibility requirements

·         Funding details

·         Application process

·         Evaluation criteria

These webinars are intended to help potential applicants understand the scope and purpose of this FOA, in order to increase the quality of applications received.  All webinars will be recorded and made available online at www.solar.energy.gov/sunshot/past_workshops.html for the duration of the application period.

Webinar Dates/Time 

·         Wednesday, February 27th, 2013,  2:00pm-3:00pm ET 

Please register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/617448104

 ·         Tuesday, March 5th, 1:30pm-2:30pm ET

Please register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/780554224

 Applicants will be able to submit questions on any topic related to the FOA up to three (3) business days prior to the webinar.  Relevant questions submitted prior to the deadline will be answered during the webinar and in writing, and will be posted to the Exchange website. Questions may be submitted to DistanceSolar@go.doe.gov with the subject line “Webinar Question.”

All webinars will be recorded and made available online at www.solar.energy.gov/sunshot/past_workshops.html for the duration of the application period.

 

Contact Information

  • DistanceSolar@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of the FOA. All questions must be received at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/1/2013 12:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/1/2013 12:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000861: Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar (PREDICTS)

The Completed and Signed Other Sources of Funding Disclosure is not a required application document for this FOA.  There is no OMB-approved template for this form, however, if applicants wish to submit this information, they may do so in their own format.

 

Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar (PREDICTS). 

 

The Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar (PREDICTS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking applications in two distinct and separate topic areas: 1) identification, evaluation and modeling of intrinsic failure mechanisms in photovoltaic and concentrating solar power sub-systems and system components, and 2) development of standard testing procedures for the lifetime of microinverters and microconverters, both stand alone and module integrated.

 

Topic 1

Solar energy system component lifetime and reliability evaluations must transition from a correlation-based approach to a causation-based approach.  This transition will require the development of physics-based models that allow for the accurate and precise determination of the lifetime and the failure/degradation mechanisms of solar installation systems and components based upon their fundamental composition, method of assembly, and (accelerated) environmental exposure conditions.  In describing the causation of system/component failure, such models will need to evaluate the probability of discrete, indivisible event sequences occurring in concert within the system or component and affecting a macroscopic failure.   An in-depth understanding of the chemistry and physics that constitute these event quanta will inform the improvement of current systems and components and also guide the development of future systems and components.  The ultimate goal is to accurately predict and extend system and component lifetimes, increase their reliability, decrease risk, accelerate research, and reduce the costs of systems and components used in solar field installations.

 

Topic 2

The scope of this topic area includes the collaborative development and initial implementation of industry standard tests for microinverter and microconverter reliability in stand-alone and module-integrated configurations. Test development should utilize a sound physical understanding of failure mechanisms and degradation modes. Extensive laboratory and field testing should be incorporated to validate the tests and test protocols that are developed and to ensure broad applicability across the industry. The outcomes of a project should be: 1) a documented and validated set of standard tests and protocols for accurately determining the lifetime and failure rates of microinverters and microconverters; and 2) initial implementation of the these tests and protocols as a standard.

For more information about this funding download the full funding opportunity announcement and attend the information webinar. 

Date:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Time:

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST


Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/907182321

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • PREDICTS@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of the FOA. All questions must be received at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.
  • eere-exchangesupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/22/2013 12:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/29/2013 12:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000862: Solar Manufacturing Technology (SolarMat)

Amendment II - The purpose of this amendment is to add Section II.H. Payment, to clarify the intended method of reimbursement for awards made under this Funding Opportunity Announcement.  Please see Section II.H on page 19.

Amendment I - The purpose of this amendment is to modify the submission deadline for full applications and the deadline for questions regarding this FOA.

SolarMat intends to fund the development and demonstration of innovative, but commercially and technically viable, manufacturing technology that can achieve a significant market or manufacturing impact in 1 to 4 years. The FOA is motivated by the need for manufacturing advances in both Photovoltaic (PV) and Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies to significantly reduce costs of solar-generated electricity in the U.S. Consequently, this FOA has two topics areas: PV and CSP. Both topics focus on manufacturing technology and have the same overarching goal of driving down the cost of manufacturing and/or implementing efficiency-increasing technology in manufacturing. Ideally, this opportunity will create the next generation of solar industry-standard manufacturing technology.

Proposed technologies to the PV Topic Area must address 3 key areas. First, how the technology is substantially differentiated compared to what is currently used or being developed in the industry. Second, how the technology affects key manufacturing metrics: throughput, yield, capital expenses, labor, and conversion efficiency at the module level. Third, how the changes to the metrics translate to reductions in $/Wp of PV modules.

Proposed technologies to the CSP Topic Area must be for a hardware demonstration of manufacturing technologies and methodologies that can assemble a collector with attributes such as eliminating the need for a one-time use fabrication facility to be constructed, a pre-assembled (i.e. before either piece is placed in the solar field) reflective surface and collector foundation, utilization of wireless controls and power sources, and use of closed-loop software controls for collector pointing calibration. Proposals must demonstrate collector field costs of less than $75/m2.

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • SolarMat@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/22/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/3/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000865: Solar Utility Networks: Replicable Innovations in Solar Energy (SUNRISE)

It is anticipated the reviewer comments will be made available on June 13, 2013. Applicants will have two (2) business days from the time the comments are posted to prepare and submit a Reply to Reviewer Comments.  Therefore,  it is anticipated the due date for the Reply to Reviewer Comments is June 17, 2013.

 

Solar Utility Networks: Replicable Innovations in Solar Energy (SUNRISE)

The Solar Utility Networks: Replicable Innovations in Solar Energy (SUNRISE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to solicit applications for two (2) topic areas. Topic A is to enable utilities to develop long-term strategic plans that integrate high levels of renewable energy generation and ensure reliable real-time power systems operations under high renewable penetration. Topic B is to provide technical assistance for capacity-building activities regarding utility-scale photovoltaic planning and installation. The two (2) FOA topics are intended to support two types of entities: those that are experienced in solar PV resource management, interconnection, and deployment; and those that have little to no experience in photovoltalics (PV) deployment, management and interconnection. 

This FOA is part of the DOE SunShot Initiative and addresses the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) performance metric of increasing the viability and deployment of renewable energy technologies. Launched in 2011, the SunShot Initiative aims to make subsidy‐free solar energy cost‐competitive with conventional forms of energy by 2020.

Under this FOA, applicants are invited to propose work scope in either Topic A or Topic B or both to be reviewed and considered for award. Within Topic A, applicants can choose either A-1 or A-2 or both to address in their proposal to be reviewed and considered for award.  For a more detailed explanation for each topic area and a breakdown of each requirement, please see the FOA. 

Webinar Information:

Title:

The SUNRISE Information Webinar

Date:

Monday, March 11, 2013

Time:

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

 

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • eere-exchangesupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.
  • Sunrise@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of the FOA. All questions must be received at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/20/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/1/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000876: Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office seeks to enable the use of combined heat and power (CHP), including waste heat to power and district energy with CHP, as solutions to the energy issues facing our nation.  On August 30, 2012, President Barack Obama signed the Executive Order, “Accelerating Industrial Energy Efficiency,” promoting American manufacturing by helping to facilitate energy efficiency at industrial facilities. This Executive Order establishes a national goal of deploying 40 gigawatts of new, cost effective CHP in the United States by the end of 2020.  The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to seek applications to establish regional Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs) which will be a critical component of the Presidential initiative.  These CHP TAPs will provide the essential support to continue to develop the market for CHP – this includes education and outreach and technical assistance to a variety of stakeholders including end-users (commercial, industrial, institutional and more), state decision makers, electric and gas utilities, trade associations and non-profit organizations. This assistance will include evaluating the economic, energy, reliability and environmental value of proposed systems. The CHP TAPs will represent multi-state regions that will be CHP experts who provide fact-based, un-biased information on CHP, including technologies, project development, project financing, local electric and natural gas utilities interfaces, and related state best practice policies. They will be vendor, fuel, and technology neutral. 

Note: Applicants are requested to submit a Letter of Intent by 03/08/2013. The Letter of Intent should be sent by E-mail to CHPTAP@go.doe.gov 

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

  • CHPTAP@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/22/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000897: Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: Marine and Hydrokinetic System Performance Advancement

The purpose of this Notice is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO), on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue a FOA titled “Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) System Performance Advancement (SPA)”.  NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE.  Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent.

 

Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange in the second quarter of calendar year 2013.

 

 

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0000907: RFI - Home Hydrogen Refueler H-Prize Topic

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office is a key component of the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) portfolio.  EERE seeks to provide clean, safe, secure, affordable, and reliable energy from diverse domestic resources, along with the benefits of increased energy security and reduced criteria pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.   

 

The Department of Energy is seeking information related to a potential H-Prize competition involving home hydrogen refueling systems. These systems would be designed to produce hydrogen applicable to residential settings for vehicle fueling, using feedstocks with an existing residential delivery infrastructure.

 

This RFI is not a FOA; therefore, the DOE is not accepting applications for funding regarding this topic at this time.  

 

All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment (in Microsoft Word format) to an e-mail message addressed to HomeRefueler@go.doe.gov.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/24/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000920: Request for Information - Hydrogen Delivery Technologies

The Department of Energy (DOE) seeks feedback from stakeholders for hydrogen delivery research and development activities aimed at lowering the cost of hydrogen delivery technologies in order to reach the threshold cost goal of $2-4 per gallon of gasoline equivalent (gge) produced, delivered and dispensed of hydrogen. The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gather feedback from stakeholders prior to DOE potentially issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This RFI is not a FOA; therefore, DOE is not accepting applications at this time. 

All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment (in Microsoft Word format) to an e-mail message addressed to FCTdelivery@go.doe.gov.  Responses must be received no later than 11:59PM EDT on June 13, 2013.

Contact Information

  • FCTdelivery@go.doe.gov 
    Comments in response to this RFI must be provided as an attachment to an e-mail message addressed to FCTdelivery@go.doe.gov by the specified due date.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe 
    For technical questions concerning the Exchange website.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0000926: RFI - Rotating Disk Electrode Experiments for PEMFC Electrocatalyst Screening

Please note: the RFI submission deadline has been extended to August 12, 2013. 

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office is a key component of the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) portfolio.  EERE seeks to provide clean, safe, secure, affordable, and reliable energy from diverse domestic resources, along with the benefits of increased energy security and reduced criteria pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.   

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from stakeholders on the use of Rotating Disk Electrode (RDE) experiments and best practices for experimental conditions for characterization of the activity and durability of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) electrocatalysts.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to DOE.RDE@go.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (EDT) on August 12th, 2013. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes excedding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

THIS RFI IS NOT A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA); THEREFORE, DOE IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.

 

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/12/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000929: RFI - Manufacturing and Supply Chain Barriers and Opportunities for Wind Technologies

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only.  DOE will not pay for information provided under this RFI and no project will be supported as a result of this RFI.  This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives.  DOE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI.

The Department of Energy (DOE) seeks input from the public related to the manufacturing and supply chain for both land-based & offshore wind turbines.  Improvements in manufacturing processes could significantly improve the viability of next-generation turbines and reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for these technologies, as well as increase U.S. competitiveness in clean energy technologies.  DOE seeks to improve these areas and is requesting information to identify the most promising investment opportunities based on industry needs.

The information collected by this RFI will be used for market baseline information and internal DOE planning.  Interested parties to this RFI might include, but are not limited to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), developers, state development agencies, and suppliers in the Wind markets.  The sole purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gain public input regarding manufacturing challenges and opportunities for land-based and offshore wind technologies.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to MSC@go.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on June 30, 2013.  Responses should include:  cover page, 1 page executive summary, and up to a 5 page full response.

Contact Information

  • MSC@go.doe.gov 
    All responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to MSC@go.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on June 30, 2013. Responses should include: cover page, 1 page executive summary, and up to a 5 page full response. Responses must be provided as attachments (in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF Format) to an email. The subject line should read "Manufacturing and supply chain barriers and opportunities for wind technologies (insert name-organization).” One inch margins and 12 point font should be used. Please indicate the questions being addressed (e.g., Section A.1. or Section B.2.). Questions regarding the content of this RFI must be submitted to the email address provided above with the email subject line “Question”. Respondents are requested to include the following information in their responses to this RFI: Company/institutional name; individual contact (mailing address, phone number, e-mail address); facility location(s) (zip code); and area of expertise/interest. The WWPTO recognizes that all listed questions may not be applicable to all respondents, and respondents may provide responses to all or a portion of the RFI questions. WWPTO requests that respondents focus only on the questions for which they can provide concise information.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0000934: Notice of Intent: Research and Development for Hydrogen Storage

The purpose of this Notice is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue a FOA titled "Research and Development for Hydrogen Storage" (DE-FOA-0000827). NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange in late June / early July 2013.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0000943: RFI - Manufacturing Barriers and Opportunities for Water Power Technologies

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only.  DOE will not pay for information provided under this RFI and no project will be supported as a result of this RFI.  This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives.  DOE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI.

The Department of Energy (DOE) seeks input from the public related to improving the manufacturing process for both marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) and hydropower technologies.  An emphasis on design for manufacturing could transition a nascent MHK industry from its current focus on performance prototypes towards manufacturing cost competitive production units.   Advanced materials and manufacturing processes for hydropower turbines could result in cost reduction across the entire power plant that will have significant impact on the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of hydropower.  Investment in materials and manufacturing will drive an increase of U.S. domestic manufacturing content in clean energy technologies.  DOE is seeking to improve these areas and is requesting information to identify the most promising investment opportunities based on industry needs.

The information collected by this RFI will be used for market baseline information and internal DOE planning.  Interested parties to this RFI may include, but are not limited to MHK and hydropower: Developers (Technology and Project); Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs); State agencies; Research institutions; Manufacturers; and Suppliers.  The sole purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gain public input regarding manufacturing challenges and opportunities to advance MHK and hydropower technologies.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to WaterMfg@go.doe.gov  by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on July 12, 2013.  Responses should include:  cover page, 1 page executive summary, and up to a 5 page full response.

Contact Information

  • WaterMfg@go.doe.gov 
    Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to WaterMfg@go.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on July 12, 2013. Responses should include: cover page, 1 page executive summary, and up to a 5 page full response. Responses must be provided as attachments (in Microsoft Word or PDF Format) to an email. The subject line should read "Manufacturing barriers and opportunities for Water Technologies (insert name-organization).” One inch margins and 12 point font should be used. Please indicate the questions being addressed (e.g., Topic A.1. or Topic B.2.). Questions regarding the content of this RFI must be submitted to the email address provided above. Respondents are requested to include the following information in their responses to this RFI: Company/institutional name; individual contact (mailing address, phone number, e-mail address); facility location(s) (zip code); and area of expertise/interest. The WWPTO recognizes that all listed questions may not be applicable to all respondents, and respondents may provide responses to all or a portion of the RFI questions. WWPTO requests that respondents focus only on the questions for which they can provide concise information.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0000965: Next Generation Photovoltaic Technology RFI

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only.  DOE will not pay for information provided under this RFI and no project will be supported as a result of this RFI.  This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives.  DOE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking comments and information from members of academia, research laboratories and industry to assist DOE in understanding the research topics in next generation photovoltaic technologies that would aid in: narrowing the gap between theoretical and realized device efficiency limits; exceeding the Shockley-Queisser limits; overcoming materials and process barriers.  The knowledge gained from these research efforts may lead to methods or device structures that can facilitate the deployment of photovoltaic through reduced cell costs achieved by increased cell efficiencies or cost effective materials/processes. This request for information (RFI) asks interested parties to provide information on topic areas in innovative, transformative PV cell technology research which have high potential to be impactful to the PV landscape in 10-20 years, particularly those that will facilitate terawatt deployment of PV.

Although the DOE may determine as the result of this RFI to issue a formal Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), there is no guarantee that future funding opportunities or other activities will be undertaken as a result of this RFI.

Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of the announcement and where to submit questions regarding submission of responses can be found in the full RFI, under "FOA Documents" below.

All responses to this RFI must be delivered electronically in Microsoft Word format as an attachment in an email sent to: NextGenPV@ee.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on August 30, 2013.  Emails should have the subject line “Next Generation Photovoltaic RFI”.

FOA Documents

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0000975: Request for Information (RFI): Manufacturing Renewable Carbon Fibers

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. DOE will not pay for information provided under this RFI and no project will be supported as a result of this RFI. This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives. DOE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI.  

The Department of Energy (DOE) seeks feedback from public and private sector stakeholders regarding the state of technology development and commercial readiness of emerging renewable carbon fiber technologies. Information is also sought in identifying what barriers to commercialization exist and the appropriate role for DOE with regard to additional investment in RDD&D to promote broad adoption.

Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of this RFI and where to submit questions regarding submission of responses can be found in the full RFI posted on the EERE Exchange website.

All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment in an e-mail message addressed to RenewableCF@go.doe.gov with the subject line “Response to RFI” no later than 5:00pm (EDT) on SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2013. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) no more than three (3) pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins, and no more than 2MB in size.  Only electronic responses will be accepted. Responses submitted by any other means will not be considered by DOE.

THIS RFI IS NOT A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA). THEREFORE, DOE IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.

Contact Information

  • eere-exchangesupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the EERE Exchange System.
  • RenewableCF@go.doe.gov 
    All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment in an e-mail message addressed to RenewableCF@go.doe.gov with the subject line “Response to RFI” no later than 5:00pm (EDT) on SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2013.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/6/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000980: Request for Information - Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Manufacturing

09/25/13 - Amendment 1 extends the RFI deadline to 10/01/13. Changes are highlighted in yellow in the FOA document below.  

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to fiber reinforced polymer composite manufacturing, specifically for continuous or discontinuous carbon and glass fiber composites with thermoset or thermoplastic matrix materials. AMO seeks information through this RFI to understand the cross-cutting manufacturing challenges that if addressed could reduce life cycle energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), support further adoption of clean energy systems and increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.  This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to FRCManufacturing@go.doe.gov  with a subject line “Response to RFI” no later than 5:00pm (EDT) on October 1, 2013.   Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word document (.docx or .doc) of no more than 8 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins as an attachment to an email.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 10/1/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001024: Request For Information - Building Technologies Office Prioritization Tool

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) developed the Prioritization Tool to improve its programmatic decision-making.  The tool provides an objective framework for most energy-saving measures and scenarios, as well as methodology, comparing long-term benefits and end-user costs applied to various markets, end-uses, and lifetimes.  BTO seeks comments and information related to the Prioritization Tool that improves the tool's accuracy and applicability for technology planning within BTO. Specifically, this notice solicits comments and information on data, assumptions and outputs of various energy efficiency technologies and activities analyzed by the Prioritization Tool.

 

 

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

FOA Documents

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/24/2013 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001031: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement “Sunshot Incubator Program Round 9”

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Solar Energy Technology Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “SunShot Incubator Program”.

 

This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the DOE’s intention to issue this Funding Opportunity Announcement in the near term. Any of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. The DOE will not entertain any questions or telephone calls at this time involving this Notice. Once the Funding Opportunity Announcement has been released, DOE will provide an avenue for potential applicants to submit questions.

 

This is a Notice of Intent (NOI) only.  DOE is not accepting applications for funding as a result of this notice.  DOE may issue a FOA as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein, or DOE may not issue a FOA at all.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001045: Notice of Intent to Issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled “U.S. Wind Manufacturing: Taller Hub Heights to Access Higher Wind Resources, and Lower Cost of Energy”

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy intends to issue, on behalf of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “U.S. Wind Manufacturing: Taller Hub Heights to Access Higher Wind Resources, and Lower Cost of Energy.” The proposed FOA will support the development of technologies that mitigate U.S. transportation and logistics constraints affecting the deployment of taller utility-scale wind turbine systems. The FOA is expected to focus on innovative designs and processes for wind turbine tower manufacturing and turbine system installation. Supported potential projects will develop integrated tower and erection solutions which are demonstrably cost-competitive over the entire tower lifecycle of fabrication through decommissioning, for multi-megawatt turbine hub heights of at least 120 meters.

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange in the first quarter of calendar year 2014.

 

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001056: Request for Information (RFI): Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Manufacturing - Part 2

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders.  Appendix A:  Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Manufacturing for Clean Energy Applications of this RFI includes information about the use of fiber reinforced polymer composites in key clean energy applications, a high level summary of the results from the first RFI on this topic, and a summary of technical issues as well as research and development (R&D) needs related to low-cost fiber reinforced polymer composite manufacturing.  The Advanced Manufacturing Office seeks feedback and comment on the information in Appendix A.
This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).  EERE is not accepting applications.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to FRCManufacturing@go.doe.gov  with a subject line “Response to RFI” no later than 5:00pm (EDT) on January 7, 2014.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/7/2014 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001061: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000841: Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis

The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is interested in research that addresses the overarching theme of uncertainty quantification and reduction, specifically through the development of Geothermal Play Fairways.  A play fairway analysis defines levels of uncertainty with respect to the presence and utility of geothermal system elements, and translates them into maps to high grade the geographic area over which the most favorable combinations of heat, permeability, and fluid are thought to extend.  This analysis is conducted on a regional (basin) scale, with the resulting maps covering areas of up to several thousand square miles. 

The purpose of this Notice is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled, "Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis."

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE.  Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of the FOA. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange in January, 2014.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: TBD ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001074: Request for Information - Critical Parameters for Characterization of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. DOE will not pay for information provided under this RFI and no project will be supported as a result of this RFI. This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives. DOE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI.

With Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001074, titled “Critical Parameters for Characterization of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)”, DOE is requesting input on key governing technical parameters for EGS.  For EGS to achieve technical and commercial viability, advancing state-of-the-art means for measurement and quantification of these governing parameters to acceptable level of precision and accuracy is critical.  DOE will consider input from this RFI while prioritizing its limited funding on characterization activities that are most impactful to EGS development.

All responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format as an attachment in an email sent to: EGSinfo@go.doe.gov by 5:00 PM ET on February 11, 2014.  Emails should have the subject line “Critical Parameters for Characterization of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)”.
 
THIS RFI IS NOT A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA); THEREFORE, DOE IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.

Contact Information

  • EGSinfo@go.doe.gov 
    To submit responses to this RFI. Respondents are advised that DOE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For EERE Exchange Technical Support

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/11/2014 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001083: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcment DE-FOA-0001084 "COMMERCIAL BUILDING TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS"

DOE seeks to fund demonstrations of commercial building technologies and integrated technology-based strategies that are market ready and underutilized. The objective of this funding is to generate and deploy data, case studies and information that lower perceived risk regarding the efficacy and economic benefits of innovative and under-utilized commercial building technologies that can save significant amounts of energy in new and existing commercial buildings. Technologies funded under this FOA are likely to meet the investment hurdles for the commercial real estate market at scale, but may not at the current time, and will have the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption in U.S. commercial buildings. 

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-SOL-0003846: Reaching $2/Watt Installed Price for Residential Scale Solar

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only.  This notice does not consitute a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).  No applications or proposals are currently being sought or considered for this activity.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SunShot Initiative seeks feedback from installers; utilities; manufacturers; state, municipal, and local governments; financial institutions; and other stakeholders to better understand the potential to dramatically drive down the price of residential solar energy systems. Answers to the following open-ended questions (see full document under "FOA Documents" below) will provide DOE with sufficient background information to potentially design a funding opportunity, competition, challenge, or race to accelerate widespread solar deployment. The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for SunShot's consideration to inform the possible future formulation of SunShot activities.

All responses to this RFI must be delivered electronically in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format as an attachment to an email sent to the following email address: TwoDollarsPerWatt@ee.doe.gov.

Contact Information

  • TwoDollarsPerWatt@ee.doe.gov 

    All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment (in Microsoft Word format, .doc or .docx) to this email address.

    Questions may be sent to this email address with the subject line “Question” before 5PM ET, March 28, 2012.

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@ee.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the EERE Exchange system.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/11/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-SOL-0003956: Physics of Reliability Photovoltaics Technology

This is a Request for Information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

Description:  The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SunShot Initiative seeks feedback from industry, national laboratories, and members of academia relating to the physics of reliability in photovoltaic devices. Due to the wide diversity of deployment conditions for PV systems there exists a variety of failure mechanisms which prevent PV technologies from realizing their full potential. Inability to precisely identify and quantify these mechanisms reduces the capability to simulate real world conditions and provide accurate lifetime information to improve the testing, design, and bankability of PV products.   

 

AN ATTACHMENT IS PROVIDED WITH THE FULL DETAILS OF THE REQUEST FOR INFORMATION.

Response Due Date:

04/24/2012

Contact Email Address:

PhysicsOfReliability@ee.doe.gov

Contracting Office Address:


U. S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD