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DE-FOA-0001208: NEXT GENERATION ELECTRIC MACHINES: MEGAWATT CLASS MOTORS

 

Manufacturing is the use of energy, equipment, information, services, and capital to convert raw materials, components, and parts into goods that meet market expectations. As an economic sector, manufacturing generates 12 percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs 12 million Americans. The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) makes research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) investments in advanced manufacturing process and materials technologies. These technologies are foundational, pervasive, and promise crosscutting industrial applications and impact in reducing industry’s energy footprint and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as supporting the global competitiveness of clean energy products. By targeting the development of energy-related advanced manufacturing technology, AMO’s work can create completely new supply chains and stimulate significant economic growth and job creation.

AMO’s Next Generation Electric Machines (NGEM) program is an RD&D effort leveraging recent technology advancements in power electronics and electric motors to develop a new generation of energy efficient, high power density, high speed, integrated MV drive systems for a wide variety of critical energy applications. Improvements to these systems can be realized through the application of key enabling technologies, such as wide bandgap devices, advanced magnetic materials, improved insulation materials, aggressive cooling techniques, high speed bearing designs, and improved conductors or superconducting materials. Through this development program, NGEM will facilitate a step-change that enables more efficient use of electricity, as well as reduced drive system size and weight, developing lasting capabilities for motor material development, design, and analysis that are cost-shared with industry stakeholders.

This specific Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is focused on developing MV integrated drive systems that leverage the benefits of state of the art power electronics (i.e., wide bandgap devices) with energy efficient, high speed, direct drive, megawatt (MW) class electric motors for efficiency and power density improvements in three primary areas: (1) chemical and petroleum refining industries; (2) natural gas infrastructure; and (3) general industrial applications. These application areas represent a significant number of motor installations, a large amount of electrical energy consumption, and significant opportunities for U.S. technology and manufacturing competitiveness.

Informational Webinar: The webinar mentioned in the FOA was held on April 1st, 2015 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm Eastern Standard Time. Below is the ink to the previously recorded informational webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3673603953895481089

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

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Documents

  • 4/1/2015 Webinar Transcript (Last Updated: 4/1/2015 06:11 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001208 Next Generation Electric Machines - Megawatt Class Motors (Last Updated: 4/16/2015 02:59 PM ET)
  • NGEM FOA 1208 FAQs_5-21-15 (Last Updated: 5/21/2015 06:26 PM ET)
  • FOA Applicant Webinar Presentation_NGEM Megawatt Class Motors (Last Updated: 4/8/2015 02:58 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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Full Application

  • SF-424 PDF (Last Updated: 3/17/2015 02:16 PM ET)
  • SF LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 3/17/2015 02:17 PM ET)
  • EERE 159 Detailed Budget_Justification (Last Updated: 3/17/2015 02:17 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/16/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/3/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/26/2015 12:30 PM ET – 7/2/2015 5:00 PM ET