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DE-FOA-0000965: Next Generation Photovoltaic Technology RFI

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

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

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

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

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


  • Next Gen 3 RFI (Last Updated: 7/30/2013 02:20 PM ET)

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  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD