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SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development

Funding: Up to $60M Over 3 Years Total

Open Date: 10/25/2011

Close Date: 02/07/2012

Funding Organization: Solar Energy Technologies Program

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000595

Summary:

The Department of Energy (DOE) seeks to support research into technologies that have the potential to dramatically increase efficiency, lower costs, and deliver more reliable performance than existing commercial and near-commercial concentrating solar power (CSP) systems.

This funding opportunity seeks to develop innovative concepts that could lead to performance breakthroughs like improving efficiency and temperature ranges, and demonstrate new approaches in the design of collectors, receivers, and power cycle equipment used in CSP systems. Each of these subsystems is critical to CSP operation: the collectors collect and concentrate the sun's energy onto the receiver; the receiver accepts and transfers the heat energy to the power cycle; and the power cycle converts the heat energy into electricity. Developing low-cost collectors, high-temperature receivers, and high-efficiency power cycles should lead to subsequent system integration, engineering scale-up, and eventual commercial production for clean electricity generation applications.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Additional Information:

Preliminary Applications Due: November 22, 2011, 5 p.m. EST
Invitations for Full Applications Sent: December 13, 2011
Full Applications Due: February 7, 2012, 5 p.m. EST

More information is available in the DOE press release.

Last updated: 10/25/2011

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.