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Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency (F-PACE)

Open Date: 04/08/2011

Close Date: 06/30/2011

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000492


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks to fund applied scientific research that provides the technical foundation for significant increases in solar photovoltaic (PV) cell efficiency, to enable commercial and near-commercial PV technologies to achieve one dollar per watt installed system cost targets by the end of the decade. Combined with the technical and funding resources from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this joint Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency (F-PACE) will identify and fund solar device physics and photovoltaic technology research and development that will improve PV cell performance and reduce module cost for grid-scale commercial applications.

Projects funded under this FOA are intended to address identified cost and efficiency barriers through advances in the PV science knowledge base, improved materials and processes for PV cell components, and innovative approaches for closing the gap between production cell efficiency and laboratory cell efficiency, and between laboratory cell efficiency and the theoretical maximum.

These goals jointly support the missions of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) and the NSF Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division. Through this FOA, ECCS and SETP intend to jointly pursue foundational research into PV cell and sub-cell technology to support the Sunshot initiative, which has a goal to reduce the cost of solar electricity from solar by 75 percent over the next decade to make it competitive with conventional fossil-fuel sourced generation.

There will be three topics to which an application may be submitted under this FOA:

  • Topic 1: Foundational Research on PV Sub-cell Materials and Processes
  • Topic 2: Foundational PV Cell Research
  • Topic 3: Barrier Focus Teams

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 06/03/2011

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.