This FOA will advance the Biden Administration’s goals to achieve carbon-pollution-free electricity by 2035 and “deliver an equitable, clean energy future, and put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050” to the benefit of all Americans. The research and development (R&D) activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection.
This FOA will enable the development of novel technologies that help achieve SETO’s research goals for concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) technologies, while advancing and accelerating market adoption of solar technologies. SIPS is an agile funding vehicle for SETO investments with two major aims: to investigate high-risk ideas that address a major technology barrier or open the possibility of a novel concept, and to attract new entrants into the applied solar R&D community.
Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS) for CSP and PV is an agile funding vehicle for SETO investments with two major aims: to investigate high-risk ideas that address a major technology barrier or open the possibility of a novel concept, and to attract new entrants into the applied solar R&D community. Projects will focus on innovative and novel ideas that are appropriate for 12-18 months of research to determine feasibility.
Topic Area 1: SIPS: CSP. This topic area will support small, focused projects investigating the applicability and robustness of novel ideas in CSP. Responsive concepts include all aspects of CSP plants with thermal energy storage, as well as solar-thermal industrial process heat (SIPH) innovations, and solar-thermal fuel systems.
Topic Area 2: SIPS: PV. Projects in this topic area will focus on new and emerging areas of PV research that can produce significant results within the first year of performance and, if successful, lay the foundation for continued research. These projects should aim to significantly lower costs and focus on improving the power conversion efficiency, fielded energy output, reuse and recycling of system components, service lifetime, and manufacturability of PV technologies.
Further information on the topic areas can be found on p. 13 of the FOA in Supporting Documents.
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