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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0001654: Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD) 2: Modules and Systems

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support continued innovation in photovoltaic modules and systems while providing seed funding across a wide range of PV technology areas. This FOA targets the development of technologies and methods that have the potential to produce new classes of commercial products as well as supporting projects that will catalyze the generation and dissemination of technical knowledge across the field. To these ends, three Topic Areas have been identified:

Topic Area 1: Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS):

This topic area intends to fund focused projects in novel and emerging areas of photovoltaics research which have the potential to produce dramatic progress towards a solar LCOE of $0.03/kWh by 2030 through improvements in any combination of the areas represented in Figure 1 (cost, reliability and efficiency/performance). Applications of interest will propose targeted, well-defined projects that can produce motivating results within the first year of performance. If successful, the outcomes will open up new avenues for continued study.

Topic Area 2: Module Design, Fabrication, and Characterization:

Topic Area 2A. Advanced Module Design and Fabrication.

This Topic Area intends to fund projects that will develop new module technologies with the potential to significantly improve the performance, fielded energy output, reliability, and manufacturability of completed PV modules.

Topic Area 2B: Module Characterization, Modeling, and Analysis.

This Topic Area intends to fund projects that advance the knowledge base for advanced PV modules and systems through the use of new and unique characterization, diagnostic, and modeling methods.

Topic Area 3: Rapid PV System Deployment:

This Topic Area intends to fund projects that will increase the speed and ease of PV system deployment, including permitting, inspection, and interconnection. Automated or mechanized installation methods, system designs that require reduced on-site assembly (i.e. partially pre-fabricated arrays), and other strategies to enhance installation speed and quality control while reducing manual on-site operations are appropriate for this Topic Area.

Informational Webinars:

The Solar Energy Technologies Office will be hosting an Informational Full Application and Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS) Application Webinar (Relevant to All Topic Areas) on February 7, 2017, beginning at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST). Use the following link to register for attendance:

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6350503563278504708

The Solar Energy Technologies Office hosted an Informational Concept Paper Phase Webinar (Relevant to All Topic Areas) on November 21, 2016.  Slides from that webinar are found below.

Documents

  • Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD) 2: Modules and Systems (DE-FOA-0001654) (Last Updated: 10/14/2016 08:56 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001654, FOA Questions and Answers (Last Updated: 3/2/2017 04:49 PM ET)
  • PVRD2 Informational Webinar Slides (Last Updated: 11/25/2016 11:28 AM ET)
  • PVRD2 Informational Webinar Script (Last Updated: 11/25/2016 11:30 AM ET)
  • PVRD2 SIPS and Full application Webinar 07 FEB 17. (Last Updated: 2/13/2017 09:11 AM ET)
  • PVRD2_Webinar2_Script (Last Updated: 2/16/2017 08:07 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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Concept Paper

  • PVRD2_ConceptPaper_Topics 2 and 3 (Optional Format) (Last Updated: 11/14/2016 11:13 AM ET)

Full Application

  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 11/14/2016 11:14 AM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 11/14/2016 11:15 AM ET)
  • SF LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 11/14/2016 11:15 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 11/14/2016 11:16 AM ET)
  • PVRD2 Technical Volume SIPS Application Topic 1 (Optional Format) (Last Updated: 11/14/2016 11:17 AM ET)
  • PVRD2 Technical Volume Full Application Topics 2 and 3 (Optional Format) (Last Updated: 11/14/2016 11:17 AM ET)
  • Background Spreadsheet for Levelized Cost of Energy Impact Estimates (Informational, For use of Applicants) Updated 01FEB17 (Last Updated: 2/1/2017 05:00 PM ET)
  • EERE 335.1 - Budget Justification (5 Period)_5 (Last Updated: 3/1/2017 11:51 AM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 12/1/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 12/14/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/3/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 4/11/2017 12:00 PM ET – 4/20/2017 5:00 PM ET