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Request for Information - PV Manufacturing Initiative

Funding: $0

Open Date: 09/04/2009

Close Date: 09/30/2009

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000153


This is a Request for Information (RFI) and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, DOE is not accepting applications, and is instead seeking information regarding the PV Manufacturing Initiative, which is further described below. DOE will not pay for information provided and there is no guarantee that there will be a FOA as a result of this RFI.

The PV Manufacturing Initiative is intended to coordinate stakeholders and technology development efforts across the solar community to facilitate the development of a strong PV manufacturing industry in the United States. The primary goals of this initiative include supporting the creation of a robust United States-based PV manufacturing technology including infrastructure and supply chain base, developing a highly trained workforce with the critical skills required to meet the needs of a rapidly growing industry, and speeding the implementation of new cutting edge technologies. Three separate models are currently under consideration:

  1. University-led consortia guided by industry that would conduct industry-relevant manufacturing research projects
  2. Collaborative industry-led consortia that will develop and implement manufacturing research projects with shared intellectual property (IP)
  3. Manufacturing development efforts, possibly implemented through common facilities, for equipment and process development with individual companies maintaining exclusive ownership of IP.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 09/08/2009

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.