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EERE Funding Opportunity Announcements

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  DE-FOA-0002324 Building Technologies Proving Ground – Public Sector Field Validation Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Building Technologies (BTO) 7/27/2020 05:00 PM ET 9/28/2020 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002322 FY2020 AMO Critical Materials FOA: Next-Generation Technologies and Field Validation Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (AMO) 6/29/2020 05:00 PM ET 8/19/2020 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002249 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0002206 Connected Communities Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Building Technologies (BTO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0002284 Request for Information: Prediction of Solar Variability for Better Grid Integration Request for Information (RFI) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0002157 Request for Information: Planning and Operation Models and Data Analytics for Solar Grid Integration Request for Information (RFI) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0002117 Request for Information: Research and Development Opportunities for Innovations in Sensors and Controls for Building Energy Management Request for Information (RFI) Building Technologies (BTO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0002022 Fiscal Year 2019 H2@Scale Funding Opportunity Announcement Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) 4/8/2019 05:00 PM ET 5/29/2019 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002070 Efficient and Flexible Building Loads Request for Information (RFI) Building Technologies (BTO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0002021 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0002022 Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0002055 Request for Information (RFI): Challenges and Opportunities for the American Solar Industry Request for Information (RFI) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 1/7/2019 12:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001959 RFI: National Wind Technology Center Facility and Infrastructure Investments Request for Information (RFI) Wind Energy Technologies (WETO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001948 Request for Information (RFI): Identifying Priorities for Reducing Barriers to Deployment of Hydrogen Infrastructure Request for Information (RFI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001874 FY18 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D FOA Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) 5/7/2018 05:00 PM ET 6/12/2018 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001886 RFI: Expanding Hydropower and Pumped Storage’s Contribution to Grid Resiliency and Reliability Request for Information (RFI) Water Power Technologies (WPTO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001750 Flexible Combined Heat and Power for Grid Reliability and Resiliency Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (AMO) 3/23/2018 05:00 PM ET 5/17/2018 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001749 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001750 Flexible Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems for Grid Support Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Advanced Manufacturing (AMO) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001740 ADVANCED POWER ELECTRONICS DESIGN FOR SOLAR APPLICATIONS Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 10/12/2017 05:00 PM ET 12/15/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001678 Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (AMO) 2/14/2017 05:00 PM ET 3/21/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001744 RFI: Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment 2 (GEARED2) Request for Information (RFI) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 3/31/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001741 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001740: Advanced Power Electronics Design for Solar Applications Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001658 Solar Forecasting II Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001495 ENabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 6/17/2016 05:00 PM ET 8/26/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001496 SOLAR ENERGY EVOLUTION AND DIFFUSION STUDIES II - STATE ENERGY STRATEGIES (SEEDSII-SES) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 3/8/2016 05:00 PM ET 5/2/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001520 Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies II – State Energy Strategies Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001383 Amendment 000001 - BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Building Technologies (BTO) 2/5/2016 05:00 PM ET 4/19/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001319 SOLAR BANKABILITY DATA TO ADVANCE TRANSACTIONS AND ACCESS (SB-DATA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 6/22/2015 05:00 PM ET 7/31/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001325 Modification 0001: RFI - Research and Development Needs for Wind Systems Utilizing Controllable Grid Simulators and Full Scale Hardware in the Loop Testing Request for Information (RFI) Wind Energy Technologies (WETO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001318 Request for Information - Solar Big Data and Informatics Request for Information (RFI) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001155 RFI: Acceleration of Distributed Generation from Wind Energy Systems Request for Information (RFI) Wind Energy Technologies (WETO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001098 MARINE AND HYDROKINETIC (MHK) RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D) UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Water Power Technologies (WPTO) 5/30/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001103 Notice of Intent to Issue DE-FOA-0001098: Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Research and Development University Consortium Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Water Power Technologies (WPTO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0000856 Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 4/12/2013 05:00 PM ET 4/24/2013 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000661 Regional Test Centers: Validation of Photovoltaic (PV) Modules and Systems Notice of Technical Assistance (NOTA) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 3/29/2013 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000410 U.S. Offshore Wind: Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Wind Energy Technologies (WETO) 3/30/2012 11:59 PM ET 3/30/2012 11:59 PM ET 5/31/2012 11:59 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000634 Plug and Play Technologies and Systems Request for Information (RFI) Request for Information (RFI) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 1/31/2012 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000637 Improving Accuracy of Solar Forecasting (RFI) Request for Information (RFI) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 2/3/2012 04:59 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000479 Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems - Advanced Concepts Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 5/9/2011 11:59 PM ET 6/23/2011 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002324: Building Technologies Proving Ground – Public Sector Field Validation

The Building Technologies Proving Ground – Public Sector Field Validation funding opportunity will invest up to $10 million to allow state, local, and tribal government entities to compete for funding designed to meet U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) goals via field validation of high impact commercial building technologies. Projects under this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will be funded by the EERE’s Building Technologies Office and administered in partnership with EERE’s Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office’s State Energy Program. The objective of this funding is to generate and disseminate data on the field performance of novel approaches to integrate advanced building technologies, that can inform commercial and multi-family building efficiency, demand flexibility, and building-to-grid programs. Projects funded through this FOA will have the potential to significantly reduce energy use in U.S. commercial buildings, develop new value streams for commercial building owners, and provide the end use flexibility required to dynamically balance the distribution grid.

An informational FOA webinar was held on June 30, 2020 at 12:00pm ET. The slides to the presentation are accessible in the Documents section of the FOA posting. 

Questions regarding the FOA must be submitted to BTOProvingGroundFOA@ee.doe.gov

Answers to the questions will be posted to an excel spreadsheet found in the annoucement Documents section of the FOA posting.

EERE Exchange is designed to enforce the deadlines specified in this FOA. The “Apply” and “Submit” buttons will automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. Should applicants experience problems with EERE Exchange, the following information may be helpful.

Applicants that experience issues with submission PRIOR to the FOA deadline: In the event that an applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the applicant should contact the EERE Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The EERE Exchange helpdesk and/or the EERE Exchange system administrators will assist applicants in resolving issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in late submissions: In the event that an applicant experiences technical difficulties so severe that they are unable to submit their application by the deadline, the applicant should contact the EERE Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The EERE Exchange helpdesk and/or the EERE Exchange system administrators will assist the applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing submission on behalf of and with the applicant’s concurrence). Please note, network traffic is at its heaviest during the final hours and minutes prior to submittal deadline. Applicants who experience this during the final hours or minutes and are unsuccessful in uploading documents will not be able to use this process.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0002324_Funding_Opportunity_Announcement_(FOA) (Last Updated: 6/25/2020 05:32 PM ET)
  • Proving_Ground_Teaming_List_Responses (Last Updated: 7/13/2020 11:15 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0002324_FOA_Webinar_Presentation (Last Updated: 7/1/2020 05:31 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0002324_Proving_Ground_2020_FAQ_Log (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 06:08 PM ET)

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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Full Application

  • SF-424_Application_for_Federal_Assistance (Last Updated: 6/25/2020 04:17 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL_Disclosure_of_Lobbying_Activities (Last Updated: 6/25/2020 04:17 PM ET)
  • Statement_of_Project_Objectives_(SOPO) (Last Updated: 6/25/2020 04:19 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_(3_BPs) (Last Updated: 6/25/2020 04:19 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 7/27/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/28/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/25/2020 5:00 PM ET – 11/2/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002322: FY2020 AMO Critical Materials FOA: Next-Generation Technologies and Field Validation

MODIFICATION 0004: The purpose of this modification is to correct Modification 0003 and clarify:

(1) the use of coal and coal-based sources is specifically not of interest under Topic Area 2 on page 19:

Proposed projects must not include coal or coal-based resources (see Section I.C of the FOA).

(2) the use of coal and coal-based sources is specifically not of interest under all Topic Areas of the FOA on page 21:

For applications under all Topic Areas of the FOA, proposed projects must not include coal or coal-based resources. Applicants may see Section I.E for additional details for related opportunities.

3) the submission deadlines are extended on page i.

Submission Deadline for Concept Papers:

6/29/20 5:00pm ET

Submission Deadline for Full Applications:

8/19/20 5:00pm ET

Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments:

9/17/20 5:00pm ET

MODIFICATION 0003: The purpose of this modification is to clarify the restrictions on the use of coal and coal-based sources in Topic Area 2 of the FOA on page 19 and page 21:

"For all Areas of Interest under Topic 2 of the FOA, flexible or mixed raw materials sources are of interest, but cannot include greater than 49% coal or coal-based sources by weight. Proposed projects to Topic Area 2 of this FOA must not be duplicative of existing efforts of the Feasibility of Recovery Rare Earth Elements Program at the National Energy Technology Laboratory."

MODIFICATION 0002: The purposes of this modification are to clarify:

(1) the definition of "raw materials" under this FOA on page 11:

"For the purposes of all topics in the FOA, "raw materials" refer to materials or minerals extracted from the natural environment and any associated waste streams, but do NOT include end-of-life products."; and

(2) which materials (raw materials vs. end-of-life products) are of interest for separation and processing under Topic 1 Area of Interest 2 on page 15:

Topic 1, Area of Interest 2, seeks projects to improve industrial beneficiation (froth flotation, magnetic separation, or gravity flotation), separation (solvent extraction) and/or processing (molten salt electrolysis and metallothermic reduction) of REEs. In addition to the Topic 1, Area of Interest 2, specific requirements below, improvements to REE separation and processing should be able to handle flexible feedstocks (Figure 3). Of particular interest are technologies that can handle both raw materials and end-of-life products. Proposed technologies cannot solely target end-of-life products, or propose end-of-life products as the material choice for demonstration of the proposed technology.

Battery Critical Materials

For Topic 1 Area of Interest 2, proposed improvements to separation and processing of cobalt, lithium, manganese, and synthetic graphite may include the ability to handle flexible feedstocks, i.e. technologies that can handle both raw materials.

MODIFICATION 0001: The purpose of this modification is to add general authorities that were transferred from the U.S. Bureau of Mines to the Department of Energy, on page 8 of the FOA:

“In addition, the Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1996 generally supports DOE research and development activities related to extraction, separation, and processing technologies. When the United States Bureau of Mines (BoM) was closed in 1996, Congress transferred certain BoM functions to DOE including research of the extraction, processing, use and disposal of mineral substances, and functions pertaining to mineral reclamation industries and the development of methods for the disposal, control, prevention, and reclamation of mineral waste products. See Pub. L. No. 104-134, 110 Stat. 1321-167 (1996).”

ORIGINAL ANNOUNCMENT:

Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) seeks to address gaps in domestic supply chains for key critical materials for clean energy technologies to:

- Enable domestic manufacturing of high energy efficiency and high energy density clean energy technologies;

- Diversify the domestic supply of critical materials; and

- Validate and demonstrate domestic innovative technologies to support the transition to U.S. manufacturing.

This will be accomplished through development of alternative next-generation technologies and field validation and demonstration of technologies that improve extraction, separation and processing. Key critical materials for energy technologies as defined in this FOA include: rare earth elements: neodymium (Nd), praseodymium (Pr), dysprosium (Dy), terbium (Tb), and samarium (Sm) used in permanent magnets for electric vehicle motors, wind turbine generators and high temperature applications; cobalt (Co) used in batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) and grid storage and high temperature permanent magnets; and lithium (Li), manganese (Mn) and natural graphite used in batteries (see table below).This FOA seeks to leverage the technology and capabilities developed at the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), an Energy Innovation Hub led by Ames Laboratory and managed by DOE.

For questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please reference the DE-FOA-0002322 AMO 2020 FAQ Log at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov.

EERE Exchange is designed to enforce the deadlines specified in this FOA. The “Apply” and “Submit” buttons will automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. Should applicants experience problems with EERE Exchange, the following information may be helpful.

Applicants that experience issues with submission PRIOR to the FOA deadline: In the event that an applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the applicant should contact the EERE Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The EERE Exchange helpdesk and/or the EERE Exchange system administrators will assist applicants in resolving issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in late submissions: In the event that an applicant experiences technical difficulties so severe that they are unable to submit their application by the deadline, the applicant should contact the EERE Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The EERE Exchange helpdesk and/or the EERE Exchange system administrators will assist the applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing submission on behalf of and with the applicant’s concurrence). Please note, network traffic is at its heaviest during the final hours and minutes prior to submittal deadline. Applicants who experience this during the final hours or minutes and are unsuccessful in uploading documents will not be able to use this process.


Documents

  • MODIFICATION 0004: DE-FOA-0002322 FY2020 AMO Critical Materials FOA (Last Updated: 6/23/2020 03:29 PM ET)
  • FOA 2322 Q&As (Last Updated: 7/2/2020 04:23 PM ET)

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

Full Application

  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 5/8/2020 03:01 PM ET)
  • SF-424: Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 5/8/2020 03:01 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification (Last Updated: 5/8/2020 03:01 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL: Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 5/8/2020 03:02 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/29/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/19/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 9/11/2020 5:00 PM ET – 9/17/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002249: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0002206 Connected Communities

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Building Technologies Office (BTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Connected Communities.” The goal of this planned FOA would be to demonstrate the ability of efficient buildings to interact with the grid to provide demand flexibility. This includes the ability to shift and modulate load in both existing and new communities across diverse climates, geography, building types and grid/regulatory structures, while maintaining (if not enhancing) occupant satisfaction and productivity. This builds on BTO’s current Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) work. Improving the energy efficiency and demand flexibility of buildings alleviates pressure on the electric grid and extends our energy resources.

The purpose of this Notice is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Buildings Technologies Office, on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue a FOA titled, Connected Communities. 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 August 2020.

Documents

  • Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0002206 Connected Communities (Last Updated: 2/13/2020 12:26 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002284: Request for Information: Prediction of Solar Variability for Better Grid Integration

Modification 00001 - This modification extends the deadline for responses to this RFI to March 4, 2020. This change is highlighted in yellow on page 5 of the RFI document.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is issuing this request for information (RFI) to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders. This RFI will inform SETO’s strategic planning on research related to the integration of solar energy resources. Specifically, this RFI will inform SETO’s strategies relating to prediction of solar irradiance reaching the surface of the earth, and power output from solar generation plants, using either photovoltaic (PV) or concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. Improving solar generation prediction will better inform grid operators as they consider the impacts of solar power variability on grid planning and operations technologies, as well as the owners and operators of utility-scale plants and aggregators of distributed PV systems.

Documents

  • RFI Solar Variability Prediction Mod 00001 (Last Updated: 2/11/2020 05:05 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002157: Request for Information: Planning and Operation Models and Data Analytics for Solar Grid Integration

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is issuing this request for information (RFI) to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders. This RFI will inform SETO’s strategic planning on research related to the integration of distributed solar energy resources. Specifically, this RFI will inform strategies relating to the modeling, monitoring, predicting, and controlling of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. As the penetration of solar PV on the grid grows, these activities will become more important as grid operators consider how solar adoption impacts grid planning and operations technologies.

This is solely a request for information and not a funding opportunity announcement (FOA). No funding applications are being accepted in response to this RFI.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. Final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE funded awards, will be subject to Congressional appropriations and direction.

Any information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government on a non-attribution basis for planning and strategy development; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. EERE will review and consider all responses in its formulation of program strategies for the identified materials of interest that are the subject of this request. EERE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that EERE 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 EERE to any further actions related to this topic.

To respond, please email your response to SETO.RFI.SI@ee.doe.gov no later than 12:00pm (ET) on August 30, 2019. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically and provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than ten (10) pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Documents

  • Request for Information Planning and Operation Models and Data Analytics for Solar Grid Integration (Last Updated: 7/26/2019 09:47 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002117: Request for Information: Research and Development Opportunities for Innovations in Sensors and Controls for Building Energy Management

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE), Building Technologies Office (BTO) is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) on Research and Development Opportunities for Innovations in Sensors and Controls for Building Energy Management.

Through this RFI, BTO seeks input on its recently developed R&D opportunities document for the integration and optimization of systems at the whole-building level through connected and controllable loads for increased energy affordability, improved occupant comfort, and enhanced provision of grid services that will strengthen the integration between buildings, other distributed energy resources, and the electric grid. This document will inform BTO’s strategic planning moving forward in identifying early-stage and innovative technology solutions to meet these goals. Successful solutions will strengthen the affordability, reliability, and resiliency of the energy consumed by the buildings sector, contributing to DOE’s priorities for the energy sector as a whole.

Request for Information Categories:

Category 1: Multi-Functional Wireless Sensor Networks

Category 2: Advanced Monitoring and Data Analytics

Category 3: Adaptive and Autonomous Controls

Category 4: Occupant-Centric Controls

Category 5: Overarching Areas of Interest and Cross-cut Strategies

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to sensor and control technologies for optimizing building energy management. This information will be used by BTO to update its Sensors and Controls R&D strategy and supporting energy savings and cost reduction goals, as well as to inform future strategic planning and adjustments to its R&D portfolio. 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 BTO_SensorsControls_RDO@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on June 3, 2019. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 10 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. EERE 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. EERE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI.



Documents

  • DE-FOA-0002117 - Request for Information (RFI) - Research and Development Opportunities for Innovations in Sensors and Controls for Building Energy Management (Last Updated: 4/17/2019 09:27 AM ET)
  • BTO's Sensors and Controls DRAFT Roadmap. (Last Updated: 4/29/2019 04:20 PM ET)
  • BTO_S&C_RFI_RDM_Q&A_Log (Last Updated: 5/14/2019 08:08 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002022: Fiscal Year 2019 H2@Scale Funding Opportunity Announcement

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) advances the H2@Scale concept. The focus of H2@Scale is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors.

By producing hydrogen when power generation exceeds load, electrolyzers can reduce curtailment of renewables and contribute to grid stability. Hydrogen produced from existing baseload (e.g., nuclear power) assets can also be stored, distributed, and used as a fuel for multiple applications. Such applications include transportation, stationary power, process or building heat, and industrial sectors such as steel manufacturing, ammonia production and petroleum refining. Key challenges to the H2@Scale concept include affordability, reliability, and performance of emerging hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Topics under this FOA to advance H2@Scale include:

Topic 1: Advanced hydrogen storage and infrastructure R&D including novel materials or hydrogen carriers for transporting and storing hydrogen, and materials for hydrogen infrastructure components.

Topic 2: Innovative concepts for hydrogen production and utilization including advanced water splitting materials, affordable domestic hydrogen production technologies, co-production of hydrogen for additional sources of revenue, and reversible fuel cell technologies.

Topic 3: H2@Scale Pilot - integrated production, storage, and fueling systems including innovative approaches that successfully integrate and optimize the complete system encompassing hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and use.

Please carefully review the complete Funding Opportunity Announcement, which can be accessed under the "Documents" heading below.

FOA Q&A can also be accessed under the "Documents" heading. Please review the Q&A before submitting a question, as a similar question may already have been answered.

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange (this website), EERE’s online application portal.

The Exchange system enforces hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline should contact the Exchange Helpdesk for assistance at EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov. Applicants are responsible for meeting each submission deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their Concept Papers and Full Applications at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0002022 Fiscal Year 2019 H2@Scale Funding Opportunity Announcement (Last Updated: 3/1/2019 02:03 PM ET)
  • FOA Q&A - Questions and answers regarding the content of this FOA (updated 5/28/2019) (Last Updated: 5/28/2019 11:17 AM ET)
  • Topic 3 Teaming Partner List (Updated 5/20/2019) (Last Updated: 5/21/2019 03:27 PM ET)

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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Full Application

  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 1/31/2019 11:54 AM ET)
  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (Last Updated: 1/31/2019 11:51 AM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 1/31/2019 05:11 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 1/31/2019 11:53 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 1/31/2019 11:54 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/8/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/29/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/26/2019 8:00 AM ET – 6/28/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002070: Efficient and Flexible Building Loads

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE), Building Technologies Office (BTO) is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) on Efficient and Flexible Building Loads.

Efficient and flexible building loads provide options to increase electricity system reliability and energy affordability, while also supporting a portfolio of generation options in grid modernization. To date, savings resulting from flexible building loads have been primarily achieved through traditional energy efficiency and demand management programs. However, advanced controls, sensors and data analytics developed over the last decade provide new ways to optimize building energy savings and energy use, by autonomously managing a variety of distributed energy resources (DER) including on-site solar panels, energy storage, electric vehicles, and various demand-side assets, while maintaining – and even improving – comfort to occupants, and contributing to a reliable, affordable grid. Substantial research and development (R&D) related to advanced controls, sensors and data analytics is underway, and additional progress is anticipated. Through this RFI, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) seeks input from industry to better understand where flexible building loads research goals can be refined to reflect market needs and inform related R&D activities.

Request for Information Categories:

Category 1: Building Technologies R&D and Integration Needs for Increased Load Flexibility

Category 2: Controls and Communication to Enhance Building-to-Grid Interactions

Category 3: Building Energy Modeling for Load Flexibility

Category 4: The Value of Flexible Building Loads

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, building owners and operators, builders, utilities, and other stakeholders on key issues related to the energy flexibility that building technologies can provide. This information will be used by BTO for strategic planning of the broader grid-interactive efficient building technologies R&D portfolio. 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 RFI_GEB2019@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00 pm (ET) on March 1st, 2019. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than five (5) pages in length per category of questions, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. EERE 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. EERE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI.

Documents

  • Flexible Building Loads RFI (Last Updated: 1/28/2019 10:24 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002021: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0002022

Modification 0001: EERE is compiling a Teaming Partner List to facilitate the widest possible national participation in the formation of applicant teams for Topic 3. Information about the Topic 3 Teaming Partner List is included in the full text of the NOI. The Topic 3 Teaming Partner List is available in the Documents section below.

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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002022 entitled “Fiscal Year 2019 H2@Scale Funding Opportunity Announcement.”

Hydrogen is one part of DOE’s all-of-the-above energy portfolio, and can offer options for affordable and secure energy for transportation, as well as for stationary and industrial applications. The United States produces over 10 million metric tons of hydrogen per year, used primarily for petroleum refining and fertilizer production, but there are a number of opportunities to increase hydrogen generation and utilization across the country.

“H2@Scale” is an initiative to enable affordable and reliable largescale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across sectors. For example, electrolyzers can produce hydrogen by splitting water when power generation exceeds demand. This can reduce or prevent curtailment of renewables, optimize baseload (e.g., nuclear power) assets, and enable grid stability and resiliency, while also producing hydrogen as a fuel or feedstock for end users. In addition, hydrogen produced from existing baseload assets can be stored, distributed, and used as a fuel for transportation, stationary power, process or building heat, and industrial sectors (e.g. steel manufacturing), creating an additional revenue stream for those assets.

FCTO focuses on research, development, and innovation to advance hydrogen and fuel cells for transportation and diverse applications enabling energy security, resiliency, and a strong domestic economy in emerging technologies.


Please see the full text of the Notice of Intent in the Documents section below.

This notice of intent (NOI) is issued so that interested parties are aware of the EERE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this NOI is subject to change. EERE will not respond to questions concerning this NOI. Once the FOA has been released, EERE will provide an avenue for potential applicants to submit questions.

EERE plans to issue the FOA in February of 2019 via the EERE Exchange website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/. If applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange. When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE Exchange.


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0002021 Mod 0001 Notice of Intent (NOI) (Last Updated: 2/13/2019 12:42 PM ET)
  • Topic 3 Teaming Partner List (Updated 2/28/2019) (Last Updated: 2/28/2019 04:43 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002055: Request for Information (RFI): Challenges and Opportunities for the American Solar Industry

The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather insights about priority research and development needs across the solar industry. The goal of this RFI is to achieve a better understanding of the problems facing solar stakeholders including researchers, analysts, and manufacturers supporting the technological advancement and wide-scale adoption of solar technology. This information will help inform the office’s planning efforts.

The RFI covers four topic areas:

Photovoltaics: The office seeks feedback on issues related to high-priority areas within photovoltaics (PV) research, such as advanced PV manufacturing science, high efficiency tandem cell and module development, and reliability of module-level power electronics. Specifically, SETO is interested in and identifying any new major research areas and potential projects or collaborations that would have a lasting impact for the U.S. PV industry.

PV stakeholders are asked to send responses to SETO.RFI.PV@ee.doe.gov and can find a template for responses in the “DOCUMENTS” section below.

Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power: The office seeks input from the industrial and research communities in several areas that may help enable concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) systems to achieve high operating temperatures and lower costs. Those areas include: long-term thermal energy storage, pumped thermal storage materials, and autonomous solar collector fields.

CSP stakeholders are asked to send responses to SETO.RFI.CSP@ee.doe.gov and can find a template for responses in the “DOCUMENTS” section below.

Systems Integration: The office seeks input from relevant stakeholders on a number of interest areas related to the cost-effective, performance-enhancing integration of solar systems onto the electric grid, particularly at high penetration level. These include: addressing early stage research and development gaps with adaptive protection, smart inverter dynamic models, behind-the-meter grid services, grid-forming inverter controls, utilization of PV inverters as grid sensors, and cyber-secure PV plants.

System Integration stakeholders are asked to send responses to SETO.RFI.SI@ee.doe.gov and can find a template for responses in the “DOCUMENTS” section below.

Balance of Systems Soft Cost Reduction: The office seeks feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other solar stakeholders on research gaps associated with permitting, inspection, interconnection, and financing for solar.

Balance of System stakeholders are asked to send responses to SETO.RFI.BOS@ee.doe.gov and can find a template for responses in the “DOCUMENTS” Section below.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. Final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE funded awards, will be subject to Congressional appropriations and direction.

Additional Information

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to the topic-specific email addresses no later than 12:00pm (ET) on January 7, 2019. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email and no more than 20 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Please identify answers by responding to a specific question or topic, as applicable. Respondents may answer as many or as few questions as they deem appropriate.

EERE will not respond to individual submissions or publicly publish a compendium of responses. A response to this RFI will not be viewed as a binding commitment to develop or pursue a project or idea.

Respondents are requested to provide the following information at the start of their response to the topic:

Company / institution name;

Company / institution contact;


Documents

  • Request for Information_Challenges and Opportunities for the American Solar Industry_DE-FOA-0002055 (Last Updated: 12/10/2018 01:48 PM ET)
  • Request for Information - PV Response Template (Last Updated: 1/2/2019 11:01 AM ET)
  • Request for Information - CSP Response Template (Last Updated: 12/6/2018 12:09 PM ET)
  • Request for Information - Soft Cost Response Template (Last Updated: 12/6/2018 12:23 PM ET)
  • Request for Information - Systems Integration Response Template (Last Updated: 12/6/2018 12:11 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/7/2019 12:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001959: RFI: National Wind Technology Center Facility and Infrastructure Investments

The RFI has been modified to extend the deadline for responses to September 5, 2018.

The purpose of this RFI is to address the growing Research and Development (R&D) Interest in the use of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) facilities for renewable energy, energy storage, and grid integration technology development and testing.

Please review the complete RFI, which can be accessed under the "Documents" heading below.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to NWTC_EERE_RFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on September 5, 2018.

This is solely a Request for Information and NOT a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications and will not respond to questions.


Documents

  • RFI_-_NWTC_Infrastructure_Enhancements_-_Final_0001 (Last Updated: 8/20/2018 04:51 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001948: Request for Information (RFI): Identifying Priorities for Reducing Barriers to Deployment of Hydrogen Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) on behalf of its Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program (referred to herein as the “Program”) which includes coordinated activities across all offices within DOE that are engaged in hydrogen and fuel cell activities. The Program seeks input on priority research and development (R&D) areas for reducing regulatory barriers to deployment of hydrogen technologies, with a particular focus on hydrogen infrastructure. In addition to a focus on transportation and streamlining private sector roll out of hydrogen fueling stations, the Program seeks input relating to large-scale hydrogen deployments for applications such as energy storage, grid services, hydrogen transport, natural gas blending or other end uses.

The goals of this RFI, in the context of developing and using hydrogen as an energy carrier across sectors and for diverse applications, are to: (a) Understand the effects of regulations imposed on industry, particularly the parts of industry responsible for hydrogen infrastructure; (b) Identify Federal regulations, codes, and state/local laws and identify the related compliance costs; and (c) Recommend actions to reduce the burdens of regulatory requirements. FCTO seeks feedback on (1) Infrastructure for Near-Term Transportation Applications; (2) Large-scale Applications; (3) Large-scale Hydrogen Delivery and Storage; (4) Grid Support (H2@Scale); and on topics related to the issues within this RFI that could be considered for future prizes.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. 

Any information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government on a non-attribution basis for planning and strategy development; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. EERE will review and consider all responses in its formulation of program strategies for the identified materials of interest that are the subject of this request. EERE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that EERE 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 EERE to any further actions related to this topic.

Because information received in response to this RFI may be used to structure future programs and FOAs and/or otherwise be made available to the public, respondents are strongly advised to NOT include any information in their responses that might be considered business sensitive, proprietary, or otherwise confidential. If, however, a respondent chooses to submit business sensitive, proprietary, or otherwise confidential information, it must be clearly and conspicuously marked as such in the response.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to FY18FCTOBARRIERSRFI@EE.DOE.GOV no later than 5:00pm (ET) on August 10, 2018. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, with 12 point font, and 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Please identify your answers by responding to specific questions and/or topics listed in the full RFI, as applicable. Respondents may answer as many or as few questions as they wish.

Documents

  • RFI DE-FOA-0001948: Identifying Priorities for Reducing Barriers to Deployment of Hydrogen Infrastructure (Last Updated: 6/12/2018 02:31 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001874: FY18 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D FOA

Modification 00001:

The purpose of this modification is to update the following:

1) Section I.B.ii – Topic 2A - Integrated Energy Production and Hydrogen Fueling R&D:

Edited: Applicants should clearly describe plans for early-stage and applied R&D and for system performance verification testing, explaining the innovation, and must include a 20% industry cost share.

2) Section IV.D.ii – Technical Volume:

Edited: Workplan and Market Transformation Plan (This section should constitute approximately 40% of the Technical Volume)

3) Section V.A.ii – Full Applications:

Edited: Criterion 2: Project Research and Market Transformation Plan (30%)

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This FOA supports research and development of key early-stage technical challenges for fuel cells and for hydrogen fuel production, delivery and storage, and will leverage the private sector to address institutional barriers that impact progress in the field. The goal of this research activity is to provide affordable, clean, safe, and reliable energy from diverse domestic resources, providing the benefits of increased energy security and reduced emissions through early-stage research and development.

The global fuel cell market increased its growth 40% in 2016, with revenues of over $1.6 billion in 2016 and over 20,000 fuel cell units for material handling equipment purchased in the U.S. alone since 2009. Light duty vehicles are an emerging application for fuel cells that has earned substantial commercial and government interest worldwide due to the superior efficiencies, reductions in petroleum consumption, and reductions in criteria pollutants fuel cells make possible.

The FOA topics include:

Topic 1: Energy Materials Network (EMN) - ElectroCat – this topic will leverage the Electrocatalysis Consortium (ElectroCat) to accelerate the development of catalysts made without platinum group metals for use in fuel cells for transportation. The EMN consortia have been established to make unique, world-class capabilities at the national laboratories more accessible to industry, facilitating collaborations that will expedite the development and manufacturing of advanced materials for commercial markets.

Topic 2: H2@Scale – this topic aims to improve the efficiency and resiliency of the electrical grid and of the transportation sector, and to realize gains in the various industries using or producing hydrogen. Some of the key research areas in this topic include materials compatibility, electrolyzer integration, and analysis.

Topic 3: Innovative Concepts – this topic supports applied early stage research and development of fuel cell technologies for transportation, stationary, and early market applications, with a primary focus on reducing cost and improving durability. While the main focal points of the program’s R&D portfolio are polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells and platinum-based catalysts, the program also supports longer-term technical approaches that offer advantages over PEMFCs.

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange (this website), EERE’s online application portal.

The Exchange system enforces hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline:

In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission PRIOR to the deadline, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The Exchange helpdesk &/or the EERE Exchange System Administrators (Exchange@ee.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission:

In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov).

The Exchange helpdesk and/or the EERE Exchange System Administrators (Exchange@ee.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of and with the Applicant’s concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the Exchange helpdesk for assistance, and c) has submitted the application through Exchange within 24 hours of the FOA’s posted deadline.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001874 Mod 00001 - FY18 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D Funding Opportunity Announcement (Last Updated: 5/22/2018 04:03 PM ET)
  • Excel - Questions and answers regarding the content of this FOA (Last Updated: 6/12/2018 12:04 PM ET)
  • PDF - Questions and answers regarding the content of this FOA (Last Updated: 6/12/2018 12:04 PM ET)
  • Webinar of Reviewer Training for FOA Applications. (Last Updated: 6/25/2018 12:14 PM ET)

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

Full Application

  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 4/9/2018 11:59 AM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 4/9/2018 11:59 AM ET)
  • SF LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 4/9/2018 12:00 PM ET)
  • Application for Federal Assistance - SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/9/2018 12:00 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 4/9/2018 12:01 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/7/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/12/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/6/2018 4:00 PM ET – 7/11/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001886: RFI: Expanding Hydropower and Pumped Storage’s Contribution to Grid Resiliency and Reliability

Through this Request for Information (RFI), the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) seeks input on new research to maximize the value of hydropower’s contribution to grid resiliency and reliability today and into the future. This strategy includes pumped storage and traditional hydropower, and covers both new technology design as well as modeling and analysis to assess the range of value streams hydropower provides in the current and future power grid. This research will build targeted insight into economic, policy and technological barriers, inform future hydropower technology development, and improve the tools by which investment and operational decisions are made. WPTO seeks concise feedback from all relevant stakeholders.

Please carefully review the complete RFI, which can be accessed under the "Documents" heading below.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to WPTORFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on April 6, 2018. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

This is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) or a Notice of Technical Assistance (NOTA); therefore, no funding will result from responding to this RFI, and WPTO is not accepting applications at this time. WPTO may issue a FOA or NOTA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA or NOTA. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA or NOTA regarding the subject matter.

WPTO will not respond to questions related to this RFI.

Documents

  • RFI-Expanding_Hydropower_and_Pumped_Storage's_Contribution_to_Grid_Resiliency_and_Reliability (Last Updated: 2/21/2018 01:17 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions related to the EERE Exchange website only. WPTO will not respond to questions regarding this RFI.
  • WPTORFI@ee.doe.gov 
    For submission of RFI responses only. WPTO will not respond to questions related to this RFI. Responses must be received no later than 05:00PM ET on 04/06/2018.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001750: Flexible Combined Heat and Power for Grid Reliability and Resiliency

Amendment 000003 was issued on April 16, 2018 to to modify the submission deadline for Full Applications and clarify the technical requirements of both Areas of Interest.

Amendment 000002 was issued March 14, 2018 to correct the submission deadline for Concept Papers, clarify the technical requirements of both Areas of Interest; clarify the allowable number of Concept Papers and Full Applications by colleges, universities, institutions of higher learning, and university‐affiliated research institutions; change the recommended section lengths of the Full Application Technical Volume; and update hyperlinks in the footnotes.

Amendment 000001 issued on March 1, 2018 to change the date for the anticipated date for the concept paper recommendation notifications and to change the submission deadline for full applications. Additionally, this amendment makes updates to the Applications Specifically Not of Interest and clarifies the allowable number of Concept Papers.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) seeks to conduct research and development activities to further the utilization of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) via Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001750. The FOA includes two areas of interest to research enabling technologies for CHP systems that are specifically designed to provide cost-effective support to the electric grid. Such systems would have the benefits of conventional CHP while at the same time being able to sell electricity to and serve as a stabilizing factor for the Grid.


Informational Webinar: EERE will conduct one informational webinar during the FOA process. It will be held before the due date for the Concept Papers. Attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions.

Please register for the Applicant Webinar on March 2, 2018 10:00 AM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/376450080550801153

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

Participants can use their telephone or computer mic & speakers (VoIP).

United States: +1 (914) 614-3221
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the webinar

Access Code: 664-621-984


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001750_FOA_Amendment_000003 (Last Updated: 4/16/2018 10:58 AM ET)

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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Full Application

  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 2/7/2018 11:49 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification (EERE 335) (Last Updated: 2/7/2018 11:49 AM ET)
  • Environmental Questionnaire (Last Updated: 4/26/2018 10:36 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 2/7/2018 11:51 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 2/7/2018 11:52 AM ET)
  • SOPO Format (Last Updated: 2/8/2018 12:05 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/23/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/17/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001749: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001750 Flexible Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems for Grid Support

The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement, number DE-FOA-0001750 titled "Flexible Combined Heat and Power for Grid Reliability and Resiliency".

The objective of this FOA is research-enabling technologies for flexible CHP systems that are specifically designed to provide cost-effective support to the electric grid. The systems will enable small to mid-size manufacturers to gain the benefits of CHP systems while at the same time providing a resource to the grid so that it is more reliable, resilient and secure.

PLEASE NOTE THAT NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to the EERE Exchange website in the February 2018 timeframe. If Applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding the FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange. When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE Exchange.

Documents

  • DE-NOI-0001749 Updated to incorporate link in footnote 3. (Last Updated: 1/26/2018 10:54 AM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0001740: ADVANCED POWER ELECTRONICS DESIGN FOR SOLAR APPLICATIONS

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will fund research that can enable significant reductions in the lifetime costs of power electronics (PE) for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy that align with meeting the SunShot 2030 goals, and likewise enable versatile control functionalities to support grid integration of solar PV for enhanced grid services. Power electronics technology is fundamental for renewable energy systems, and especially for solar PV as the critical link between solar PV arrays and the electric grid.

In comparison to the state of the art, the SunShot Initiative seeks to fund early-stage solar PE research projects to enable the following objectives:

1) Lower the lifetime cost of residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar PV inverter/converter solutions;

2) Develop innovative modular, multi-purpose solar PV power electronics designs that offer enhanced services for improved lifetime value and lower grid integration costs.

The eXCHANGE system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of and with the Applicant's concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when theApplicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the helpdesk for assistance; and c) has submitted the application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA's posted deadline.

An Informational Webinar was held on Thursday, September 21st. To view the webinar slides and transcript, please download DE-FOA-0001740 Informational Webinar Slides and DE-FOA-0001740 Informational Webinar Transcript from the "Documents" section below.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001740_ADVANCED_POWER_ELECTRONICS_DESIGN_FOR_SOLAR_APPLICATIONS_FOA (Last Updated: 9/6/2017 08:28 PM ET)
  • FOA FAQs (Last Updated: 12/20/2017 03:02 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001740 Informational Webinar Slides (Last Updated: 9/28/2017 11:50 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001740 Informational Webinar Transcript (Last Updated: 9/28/2017 11:51 AM ET)

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

Full Application

  • SF-424 Application Document (Last Updated: 3/27/2017 05:31 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification (Last Updated: 9/14/2017 01:48 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) Template (Last Updated: 3/27/2017 05:32 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (required) (Last Updated: 3/27/2017 05:32 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 10/12/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/15/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 1/19/2018 5:00 PM ET – 1/26/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001678: Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships

 

Modification 000001: The purpose of this modification is to revise Section II.A.i. Estimated Funding to clarify funding amounts for Topic Area 1 and optional Topic Area 2; revise Section IV.C.ii Technical Volume to clarify that the annual budget must include a budget for each region if proposing to cover multiple regions provide; and revise IV.C.iv Budget Justification Workbook (EERE 335) to clarify that if the application is proposing to cover multiple regions (see Section I.B.i) applicants must complete the budget justification workbook for the primary region and identify in the Technical Volume the additional amount of funds needed to cover each secondary region.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) seeks to further the installation of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP). CHP is a suite of commercially available, predominately gas-fired distributed generation technologies that produce both electricity and thermal energy onsite, thereby reducing line losses and strain on grid infrastructure while also increasing site reliability and energy security. The promotion of CHP is part of the EERE mission to create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a strong and prosperous America powered by clean, domestic, affordable and secure energy for the industrial, manufacturing, commercial and multifamily sectors. Within AMO, CHP is the focus of both R&D and deployment activities, with R&D activities focused on new CHP technologies including hybrid and also grid reactive controls. On the deployment side, the CHP Deployment Program conducts technical assistance activities that promote the use of combined heat and power to support U.S. economic competitive advantage, promote economic development, instill resiliency in businesses and communities, create and maintain local energy-related jobs, and provide sustainable solutions for modernizing energy generation and delivery. Today’s energy environment and technology solutions present an opportunity for continued deployment of CHP. The goal of this FOA is to solicit proposals from interested parties to become regional CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs) who will assist the CHP Deployment Program in the development of strategies to maximize CHP exposure to potential end-users and key stakeholders, and to locally promote best practices in CHP technology policies and installation. (For more information about the DOE/EERE CHP Deployment Program, visit https://energy.gov/eere/amo/chp-deployment).

Please click "FOA FAQs" under the "DOCUMENTS" heading below for Questions and Answers specific to this FOA.

EERE will conduct one informational webinar during the FOA process. It will be held after the initial FOA release but before the due date for the Letter of Intent.

Attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions. Standard application questions regarding the EERE Office and FOA procedures will be discussed. No new information will be presented during the webinar and EERE will not answer any attendee questions during the webinar.

Informational Webinar: The Informational Webinar mentioned in the FOA will be held on January 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions. Standard application questions regarding the EERE Office and FOA procedures will be discussed. No new information will be presented during the webinar and EERE will not answer any attendee questions during the webinar.

**UPDATE -- Below is the link to the recording of the informational webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3417803687918345731

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: The Exchange system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applications. In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). 

Documents

  • FOA FAQs Updated 4-6-17 (Last Updated: 4/6/2017 02:26 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001678 Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships_MOD000001 (Last Updated: 2/7/2017 06:06 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001678 CHPTAP - FOA Applicant Webinar Presentation (Last Updated: 1/26/2017 04:43 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001678 CHPTAP - Informational Webinar Transcript (Last Updated: 1/26/2017 04:43 PM ET)

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

Full Application

  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (5 Period) (Last Updated: 3/13/2017 03:16 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (if applicable) (Last Updated: 3/7/2017 03:07 PM ET)
  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 1/12/2017 12:02 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 2/14/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/21/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 4/18/2017 5:00 PM ET – 4/21/2017 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001744: RFI: Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment 2 (GEARED2)

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit feedback from industry, electric utilities, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the continuation and expansion of the GEARED program and power systems engineering education for a rapidly modernizing electricity grid.

PLEASE NOTE THE EXTENSION BELOW

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to GEARED2@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on March 31, 2017.

Documents

  • GEARED 2 RFI Amendment 000001 (Last Updated: 2/28/2017 02:11 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/31/2017 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001741: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001740: Advanced Power Electronics Design for Solar Applications

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Advanced Power Electronics Design for Solar Applications”.

This FOA accelerates cost reductions for solar energy power electronics in order to support the SunShot 2030 goals for cost of solar electricity (i.e., 3 cents/kWh for utility-scale solar) and enable high solar energy penetration on the electric grid. The FOA is intended to primarily support reductions in the lifetime costs of solar inverters/converters for residential, commercial, and utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems through holistic designs that utilize advanced components, innovative topologies and packaging, advanced control schemes, and novel smart grid applications. The FOA is also intended to support innovative multi-purpose power electronics systems that add modular applications for enhancing solar PV customer and/or grid services.

It is anticipated that the FOA may include the following Topic Areas:

Topic Area 1 - This Topic Area targets research and development of solar PV inverter/converter designs that reduce solar PV lifetime costs towards SunShot’s 2030 cost goals.

Topic Area 2 - This Topic Area targets research and development of modular, multi-purpose power electronics that achieve lower lifetime costs by enabling value-added grid and/or customer-owned solar energy solutions.

Please access the complete Notice of Intent under the "Documents" heading below.

This is a Notice of Intent (NOI) only. EERE may issue a FOA as described, may issue a FOA that is significantly different from the FOA described herein, or EERE may not issue a FOA at all. No applications will be accepted through this notice. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent.

Documents

  • NOTICE_OF_INTENT_TO_ISSUE_DE-FOA-0001740_ADVANCED_POWER_ELECTRONICS_DESIGN_FOR_SOLAR_APPLICATIONS_-_MOD_0001 (Last Updated: 4/17/2017 05:03 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001658: Solar Forecasting II

The purpose of this Notice is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Solar Energy Technologies Office on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue a FOA titled, Solar Forecasting II. 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 October 2016.

Through this FOA the program plans to support three key aspects of solar forecasting as a critical enabler of higher penetration of solar power in the electric grid: the improvement of solar forecasting skill, especially during challenging conditions, such as partly cloudy weather and large ramps; the integration of solar power forecasting with existing grid management systems, especially through probabilistic methodologies; and the setup of a common test framework that can be used to validate solar irradiance and power forecast models. The anticipated federal funding for this FOA is up to $10M. The applicants will be required to contribute 20% cost share to the projects. It is anticipated that each award size will be in the range of $500k to $3M and will be completed within fifteen months to three years.

Documents

  • Solar Forecasting II Notice of Intent (Last Updated: 9/13/2016 04:59 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001495: ENabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE)

 As part of the Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization and SunShot Initiatives, this Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports the research and development of highly scalable distribution system planning and real-time operation solutions that enables seamless interconnection and integration of high penetration solar generation onto the electricity grid in a cost-effective, secure, and reliable manner. The envisioned ENERGISE solutions will require the extensive use of sensor, communication, and data analytics technologies to gather up-to-the-minute measurement and forecast data from diverse sources and perform continuous optimization analysis and active control for existing and new PV installations in real time. The solutions need be compatible with the existing grid architecture in the near term and with the advanced grid architecture in the long term. The solutions should also be designed with consideration of the interoperability and cybersecurity requirements.. 

Informational Webinar:

The Solar Energy Technologies Office will be hosting a webinar on May 19, 2016, beginning at 2:00 PM to 4PM (EST). Use the following link to register for attendance:

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6320151540541849857
Webinar ID: 108-591-155

(PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LINK WAS UPDATED 6 MAY 2016)

Documents

  • ENABLING EXTREME REAL‐TIME GRID INTEGRATION OF SOLAR ENERGY (ENERGISE DE-FOA-0001495)(Modification 0001) (Last Updated: 4/28/2016 09:47 AM ET)
  • ENERGISE FOA Questions and Answers (Last Updated: 4/28/2016 09:58 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001495 Informational Webinar slides - Updated 5/20/2016 (Last Updated: 5/19/2016 04:29 PM ET)
  • ENERGISE Informational Webinar Script CORRECTED 10 JUN 16 (Last Updated: 6/10/2016 04:40 PM ET)

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

Full Application

  • Budget Justification (EERE 335) (Last Updated: 4/28/2016 10:45 AM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) Template (Last Updated: 4/28/2016 10:48 AM ET)
  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 4/28/2016 10:50 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 4/28/2016 10:50 AM ET)
  • Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) (Last Updated: 4/29/2016 01:37 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/17/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/26/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/7/2016 5:00 PM ET – 10/14/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001496: SOLAR ENERGY EVOLUTION AND DIFFUSION STUDIES II - STATE ENERGY STRATEGIES (SEEDSII-SES)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) aims to reduce the soft costs of solar deployment through two approaches, referred to as Topic 1 and Topic 2 in the FOA. The first topic, “Topic 1” is targeted at increasing our foundational understanding of technology evolution, soft costs, and barriers to solar deployment in the US. By combining cutting edge research tools with the creation, analysis and functionalization of data and information, this second round of the Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) program will examine how solar technologies, the electric grid system, and the institutions that create the solar business marketplace support or impede the evolution and diffusion of solar by partnering researchers with data and energy practitioners. “Topic 2” will directly tackle soft costs and market barrier challenges at the state and regional level by maximizing the benefits of solar electricity through energy and economic strategic planning. This program targets partnerships between states and utilities/electricity sector entities that look to increase solar deployment in their region. This will be achieved through analytical support to develop and implement strategies to: determine or expand renewable energy and other goals, such as: maximizing emissions reductions; hedging against fuel price volatility; creating jobs; expanding access to electricity; and/or increasing grid resiliency, among others.

To view questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please find the DE-FOA-0001496 FOA FAQs document in the "FOA Documents" section below.

Informational Webinar:

The Solar Energy Technologies Office will be hosting a webinar on February 11, 2016, beginning at 2:00 PM (EST). Use the following link to register for attendance:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8675297748629652993

Full Application Webinar:

Monday, April 4, 2016 12:00 - 1:00 PM (MST): Use the following link to register for attendance:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7067108062457525763



Documents

  • SOLAR ENERGY EVOLUTION AND DIFFUSION STUDIES II - STATE ENERGY STRATEGIES (SEEDSII-SES)(Modification 0003) (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 08:38 AM ET)
  • SEEDS II - SES FOA Questions and Answers - Updated 7/7/2016 (Last Updated: 2/10/2016 04:02 PM ET)
  • SEEDS II - SES FOA Webinar Slides (Last Updated: 2/11/2016 01:25 PM ET)
  • SEEDS II - SES FOA Webinar Audio File (Last Updated: 2/17/2016 12:10 PM ET)
  • SEEDS II - SES Full Application Process Slides (Last Updated: 4/4/2016 02:44 PM ET)

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

Full Application

  • Budget Justification (EERE 335) (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:22 AM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) Template (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:23 AM ET)
  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:24 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, if applicable (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:26 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:28 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/8/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/2/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/26/2016 5:00 PM ET – 6/2/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001520: Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies II – State Energy Strategies

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Solar Energy Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies II – State Energy Strategies.”

EERE will issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement for approximately $20.9 million to cover two distinct topics. “Topic 1” is targeted at increasing our foundational understanding of technology evolution, soft costs, and barriers to solar deployment in the US. By combining cutting edge research tools with the creation, analysis and functionalization of data and information, this second round of the Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) program will examine how solar technologies, the electric grid system, and the institutions that create the solar business marketplace support or inhibit the evolution and diffusion of solar by partnering researchers with data and energy practitioners. “Topic 2” will directly tackle soft costs and market barrier challenges at the state and regional level by maximizing the benefits of solar electricity through energy and economic strategic planning. This program targets partnerships between states and utilities that look to develop and implement strategies to: determine or expand renewable energy targets, maximize emissions reductions, hedge against fuel price volatility, create jobs, expand energy access, and increase grid resiliency, etc.

This is a Notice of Intent (NOI) only. EERE may issue a FOA as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein, or EERE may not issue a FOA at all.

Documents

  • Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies II – State Energy Strategies (Last Updated: 1/22/2016 09:07 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0001383: Amendment 000001 - BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on behalf of the Buildings Technologies Office (BTO), announces the Funding Opportunity Announcement Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2016.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement combines early-stage topics (Innovations) with later-stage, roadmap-driven topics (Frontiers) that complement the core funding provided by the program. Because of their different focuses (Innovations: early-stage; Frontier: later-stage, roadmap-driven), this FOA is divided into two sections; an Innovations and a Frontiers section with an additional optional Buildings University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) supplement.

Applications for a BUILD Supplement cannot be submitted as standalone applications.

INNOVATIONS section:

Topic 1: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings

Topic 2: Human-in-the-Loop Sensor & Control Systems

Topic 3: Infiltration Diagnostic Technologies

FRONTIERS section:

Topic 4: Plug and Play Sensor Systems

Topic 5: Advanced Air-Sealing Technologies for Existing Buildings

FOA Webinar Information:

Please register for BENEFIT 2016 FOA - Introduction on December 21, 2015 2:00 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8715391438828356098

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

Please register for BENEFIT 2016 FOA - Full Applications on Mar 17, 2016 12:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8721135289759645441

This is an additional presentation of the Second Informational Webinar for the BENEFIT-2016 FOA from the Building Technologies Office for anyone that missed the webinar on March 14, 2016.

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

Amendment 000001 to DE-FOA-0001383 BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016 includes the following changes:

1. Total available federal funding has increased from $8 million to $20 million.

2. The number of anticipated awards has increased to approximately 17-25.

3. The schedule has been altered to allow an additional week for submission of Concept Papers. The new submission date for Concept Papers is 2/5/2016

4. The 2nd Webinar has been rescheduled to 3/17/2016.

5. Additional detail regarding building/grid interaction has been added for Topic Areas 1, 2 and 4.

6. Extend the submission date for Full Applications to 4/19/2016.


For questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please reference the DE-FOA-0001383 BENEFIT 016 FAQ Log in FOA Documents.

The eXCHANGE system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issuse with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of, and with the Applicant's concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance; and c) has submitted the application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA's posted deadline.


 

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001383 Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2016- Amendment 000001 (Last Updated: 1/11/2016 11:07 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001383 BENEFIT2016 FAQ Log (Last Updated: 12/9/2015 11:03 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001383 - Teaming Partner List - BENEFIT 2016 (Last Updated: 12/16/2015 08:10 AM ET)

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

Full Application

  • Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/15/2015 11:55 AM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 12/15/2015 11:57 AM ET)
  • SF LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 12/15/2015 11:58 AM ET)
  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 3/4/2016 02:19 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/5/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/19/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/2/2016 6:00 PM ET – 6/7/2016 6:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001319: SOLAR BANKABILITY DATA TO ADVANCE TRANSACTIONS AND ACCESS (SB-DATA)

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) specifically targets soft cost reduction by increasing data accessibility, quality and interoperability in the U.S. The Solar Bankability Data to Advance Transactions and Access FOA (SB-DATA) will facilitate the growth and expansion of the solar industry by creating a standardized data landscape for distributed solar. As the solar market continues to rapidly grow, it’s critical that the collection, management, and exchange of solar datasets, especially those that affect the bankability of solar assets – across the value chain from project origination to grid integration, operations, and decommissioning – are coordinated and streamlined to protect consumers, increase efficient pricing, and to support new and existing businesses entering the solar marketplace (e.g. new financial, underwriting products, operations and maintenance services).

The goal of SB-DATA is to support the creation and adoption of industry-led de facto open data standards for rapid and seamless data exchange across the value chain from origination to decommissioning. SunShot defines success of this program as the wide adoption of data standards by stakeholders representing at least 60% of the U.S. solar industry, in terms of deployed/managed residential and non-residential distributed solar assets in 2015. This includes solar companies, developers, utilities, state governments, inverter manufactures, financial institutions, investors, underwriters, real estate entities, and others.


Informational Webinar was held June 4, 2015 at 4pm-5pm ET

Slides available for download below.

Documents

  • SOLAR BANKABILITY DATA TO ADVANCE TRANSACTIONS AND ACCESS(SB-DATA) (Last Updated: 5/21/2015 04:59 PM ET)
  • FOA Q&As *Last Update 7/21/15* (Last Updated: 5/21/2015 06:05 PM ET)
  • SOLAR BANKABILITY DATA TO ADVANCE TRANSACTIONS AND ACCESS (SB-DATA) INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR (Last Updated: 6/4/2015 05:52 PM ET)

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

Full Application

  • Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 (Last Updated: 5/21/2015 05:47 PM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 5/21/2015 05:48 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/22/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/31/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/18/2015 5:00 PM ET – 8/31/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001325: Modification 0001: RFI - Research and Development Needs for Wind Systems Utilizing Controllable Grid Simulators and Full Scale Hardware in the Loop Testing

This RFI is being modified to extend the date for response to May 27, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT.

Through a balanced portfolio approach, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technologies Office’s (WWPTO’s) Wind Power Program, herein referred to as the “Wind Program”, makes strategic investments in the Power Systems Integration subprogram, including transformational technology innovations that seek to maximize generation from wind power resources while addressing key grid level integration, operations, and planning challenges. The Wind Program addresses technology needs and opportunities in wind integration, which would otherwise not be addressed by the private sector on its own.

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit feedback from industry, utilities (investor-owned, municipal, and electric cooperative), academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the use of controllable grid simulators to perform full scale wind-grid system research, development, and testing. Such research, development, and testing could include the application of Power Hardware-In-the-Loop (PHIL) testing capabilities to the wind technology market and the associated grid integration impacts.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to GridSimRFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (EDT) on May 27, 2015. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email.

Please identify your answers by responding to a specific question or topic if possible. Respondents may answer as many or as few questions as they wish.

This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications through this RFI. DOE will not respond to questions regarding this RFI.

Documents

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001318: Request for Information - Solar Big Data and Informatics

In order to reduce solar transaction costs (soft costs) and increase transparency and efficient pricing, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative is exploring best strategies to support, expand, and streamline competitive and non-competitive efforts in the solar industry related to collecting, securing, managing, exchanging, and monetizing solar datasets, across the value chain in the U.S. from project origination to grid integration, operations, and decommissioning. Improved data availability reduces informational asymmetries, accelerates the maturity of solar related products and services, and increases solar deployment. Areas of key interest center on technical, economic, administrative, and legal barriers and opportunities to reduce costs of capital, lower operational risks, protect consumers, and increase efficient market activities.


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 to an email message addressed to solardata@ee.doe.gov. Responses must be received no later than 5:00 PM EDT on April 10, 2015. The full content of this RFI can be found on the EERE Exchange website at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001318 RFI Big Data and Informatics (Last Updated: 3/16/2015 02:28 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001155: RFI: Acceleration of Distributed Generation from Wind Energy Systems

Defining distributed wind by technology application, rather than size, has shifted the Research and Development (R&D) paradigm to include all wind technologies used in distributed applications (small, medium, and large), not just small wind turbines. DOE invites input from the public regarding this shift in perspective and the Wind Program’s present research and development focus areas, which include Wind Resource Characterization & Assessment; Turbine Technology; Distributed Grid Integration; and Soft Cost Reduction. Comments that can be used to evaluate DOE’s new perspective on distributed wind and research and development focus areas will help inform future activities and priorities.  

 

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time.  EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA.  There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI.  Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter.  Final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE funded awards, will be subject to Congressional appropriations and direction.

 

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to DistributedGenerationRFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (EST) on September 25, 2014.  Responses must be provided as .pdf or Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

 

Documents

  • DE-FOA-000155_RFI_Acceleration_of_Distributed_Generation_from_Wind_Energy_Systems (Last Updated: 7/2/2014 09:34 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001098: MARINE AND HYDROKINETIC (MHK) RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D) UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM

Please review Modification 0002 to the FOA, under "FOA Documents" below.

The objective of the Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Research and Development (R&D) University Consortium FOA is to leverage the field R&D expertise and intellectual capital of domestic universities to advance MHK technology in the U.S. in the following strategic opportunity areas:

· Device and/or array operation and maintenance (O&M) logistics development

· High-fidelity resource characterization and/or modeling technique development and validation

· Distributed application device development and techno-economic studies

· Array-specific component technology development (e.g. moorings and foundations, transmission, and other offshore grid components)

· Array performance testing and evaluation

· Novel cost-effective environmental monitoring techniques and instrumentation testing and evaluation

This FOA intends to fund a consortium of two or more domestic universities.  The Prime Applicant must be either a domestic university or a consortium where one (1) domestic university is designated as the Lead.

The eXCHANGE system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov).

An Informational Webinar was held on April 24. Please click this link to access:

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/337127936

(Please note that there is a delay of approximately 30 seconds before the recording starts.)  

 

Documents

  • Modification_0002_DE-FOA0001098_Marine_and_Hydrokinetic_Research_and_Development_University_Consortium (Last Updated: 4/10/2014 12:40 PM ET)

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

Full Application

  • SF-424_-_Application_for_Financial_Assistance (Last Updated: 4/4/2014 12:24 PM ET)
  • EERE_159_-_Budget_Justification (Last Updated: 4/4/2014 12:32 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL_-_Disclosure_of_Lobbying_Activities (Last Updated: 4/4/2014 12:32 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/30/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/26/2014 3:30 PM ET – 7/1/2014 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001103: Notice of Intent to Issue DE-FOA-0001098: Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Research and Development University Consortium

This anticipated FOA is to support a university consortium to leverage existing in-situ Research and Development (R&D) expertise to advance U.S. Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) technology, while developing intellectual capital for a globally-competitive workforce.  The individual consortium-defined R&D activities pursued in the overall university consortium project will address strategic opportunities in DOE’s MHK technology development portfolio.

In applying, an eligible university consortium must demonstrate capabilities and expertise in R&D to fill strategic opportunities within the Water Power Program’s portfolio including:

     Logistics development for operations and maintenance (O&M) of devices and arrays in energetic marine environments.

     Development and validation of efficient high-fidelity resource characterization and/or modeling techniques.

     Development and techno-economic studies of devices for distributed applications.

     Component technology development necessary for enabling arrays: e.g. moorings and foundations, transmission, and other offshore grid components.

     Array performance testing and evaluation.

     In-water testing and evaluation of new, cost-effective environmental monitoring techniques and instrumentation in energetic marine environments.   

This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of DOE's intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. DOE will not respond to questions concerning this Notice. Once the FOA has been released, DOE will provide an avenue for potential Applicants to submit questions.

 

Documents

  • Notice_of_Intent_to_Issue_DE-FOA-0001098_Marine_and_Hydrokinetic_(MHK)_Research_and_Development_University_Consortium (Last Updated: 3/21/2014 01:53 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

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.

Documents

  • Amendment 002 FULL TEXT: Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) (Last Updated: 4/16/2013 12:11 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • FULL TEXT: Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) (Last Updated: 2/12/2013 02:20 PM ET)
  • SF-424 Application (Last Updated: 2/13/2013 03:12 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives Instructions (Last Updated: 2/13/2013 03:14 PM ET)
  • Project Management Plan Example (Last Updated: 2/13/2013 03:16 PM ET)
  • PMP Instructions (Last Updated: 2/13/2013 03:16 PM ET)
  • SF-424A Budget Information Page (Last Updated: 2/13/2013 03:17 PM ET)
  • PMC 123.1 Budget Justification (Last Updated: 2/13/2013 03:18 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 2/13/2013 03:20 PM ET)
  • Amendment 001 FULL TEXT: Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) (Last Updated: 3/25/2013 05:37 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Form (Last Updated: 2/13/2013 03:19 PM ET)
  • Intellectual Property Management Plan template EXAMPLE ONLY (Last Updated: 4/10/2013 04:03 PM ET)

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
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 2/12/2013 5:00 PM ET – 5/13/2013 5:00 PM ET

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. 

Documents

  • Amendment 002 - Regional Test Centers: Validation of Photovoltaic (PV) Modules and Systems (Last Updated: 3/19/2012 11:15 AM ET)
  • Project Plan Template (Last Updated: 3/12/2013 02:37 PM ET)

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
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/31/2013 5:00 PM ET – 6/28/2013 5:00 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. 

 

Documents

  • FULL TEXT: Amendment 000005 DE-FOA-0000410 U.S. Offshore Wind - Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects (Last Updated: 5/23/2012 06:33 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 2/29/2012 06:47 PM ET)
  • SF-424C Budget Information Construction Programs (Last Updated: 2/29/2012 06:53 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 2/29/2012 06:58 PM ET)

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-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. 

Documents

  • Request for Information: Plug and Play Technologies and Systems (Last Updated: 1/4/2012 04:40 PM ET)

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-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

 

Documents

  • FULL TEXT: Improving Accuracy of Solar Forecasting (Last Updated: 1/6/2012 11:16 AM ET)

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-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

Documents

  • FULL TEXT: Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems – Advanced Concepts (Last Updated: 3/30/2011 10:10 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SF-424 – Application for Federal assistance (Last Updated: 3/30/2011 10:12 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 3/30/2011 10:11 AM ET)
  • SF424 Research and Related (SF 424R&R) (Last Updated: 3/30/2011 10:14 AM ET)
  • SF424RR_Budget Instructions (Last Updated: 3/31/2011 05:51 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 3/30/2011 10:15 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 3/30/2011 10:16 AM ET)
  • NEPA Environmental Checklist (Last Updated: 3/30/2011 10:16 AM ET)

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