U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Request for Information: Plug-and-Play Technologies and Systems
Funding: No funding available; request for information only
Open Date: 01/04/2012
Close Date: 01/31/2012
Funding Organization: SunShot Initiative
Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000634
As part of the SunShot Initiative, DOE is investigating the development of transformational plug-and-play technologies and systems to reduce balance-of-system soft costs, which include permitting, inspection, and grid interconnection. When installing a photovoltaic (PV) system is as simple as plugging an appliance into a wall outlet, the residential PV market will grow at an accelerated rate.
This request for information (RFI) informs a potential funding opportunity that aims to reduce process-related barriers for grid and distributed PV systems as a whole and explore new technology pathways to reduce total system costs and ease installation. The topic areas cover, but are not limited to:
- PV module technology
- Power electronics design
- Grid integration approaches
- Racking hardware design
- System installation process.
Respondents are asked to comment on the questions in the RFI. Respondents are also encouraged to comment on the value of the anticipated plug-and-play PV systems, as well as your organization's anticipated interest in participating in such an opportunity.
For more information, see the full solicitation.
Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.