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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities

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.

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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)

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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