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  DE-FOA-0001858 OPEN 2018 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/16/2018 09:30 AM ET 7/2/2018 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001906 DURATION ADDITION TO ELECTRICITY STORAGE (DAYS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/15/2018 05:00 PM ET 7/2/2018 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000034 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Enabling a New Generation of High Performance and Durable Heat Exchangers for High Temperature and High Pressure Teaming Partner List

DE-FOA-0001858: OPEN 2018

This FOA marks the fourth OPEN solicitation in the history of ARPA-E. The previous OPEN solicitations were conducted at the inception of the agency in 2009 and again in 2012 and 2015. OPEN 2018 therefore continues the three-year periodic cycle for ARPA-E OPEN solicitations. An OPEN solicitation provides a vitally important mechanism for the support of innovative energy R&D that complements the other primary mechanism, which is through the solicitation of research projects in focused technology programs.

ARPA-E’s focused programs target specific areas of technology that the agency has identified, through extensive interaction with the appropriate external stakeholders, as having significant potential impact on one or more of the Mission Areas described in Section I.A of the FOA. Awards made in response to the solicitation for focused programs support the aggressive technical targets established in that solicitation. Taken in total, ARPA-E’s focused technology programs cover a significant portion of the spectrum of energy technologies and applications.

ARPA-E’s OPEN FOAs ensure that the agency does not miss opportunities to support innovative energy R&D that falls outside of the topics of the focused technology programs or that develop after focused solicitations have closed. OPEN FOAs provide the agency with a remarkable sampling of new and emerging opportunities across the complete spectrum of energy applications and allow the agency to “take the pulse” of the energy R&D community. OPEN FOAs have been and will continue to be the perfect complement to the agency’s focused technology programs – a unique combination of approaches for supporting the most innovative and current energy technology R&D. Indeed, one third of the sixty projects featured in the first two volumes describing ARPA-E impacts stem from OPEN solicitations (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=site-page/arpa-e-impact). Potential applicants to this FOA are strongly encouraged to examine the OPEN projects in these two volumes and all of the projects supported in the previous three OPEN solicitations (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=site-page/open) for examples of the creative and innovative R&D ARPA-E seeks in its OPEN solicitations.

Webinar: In this Webinar, an ARPA-E Program Director provides an overview of OPEN 2018 Full Application Best Practices: Webinar - OPEN 2018 Full Application Best Practices


Documents

  • OPEN 2018 FOA - Full Application_Mod 03 (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 10:06 AM ET)
  • ARPA-E OPEN 2018 Full Application Best Practices (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 10:05 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • OPEN 2018 FOA - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 12/12/2017 03:33 PM ET)
  • OPEN 2018 FOA - Concept Paper_Mod 01 (Last Updated: 1/19/2018 04:44 PM ET)
  • OPEN 2018 FOA - Concept Paper_Mod 02 (Last Updated: 2/13/2018 04:25 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

  • OPEN 2018 - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 1/19/2018 04:44 PM ET)

Full Application

  • OPEN2018 - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:34 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:34 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:34 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:35 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:35 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:35 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:35 AM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:36 AM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:38 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:37 AM ET)

Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements. ARPA-E will post responses on a weekly basis to any questions that are received. ARPA-E may re-phrase questions or consolidate similar questions for administrative purposes.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/16/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/2/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 8/21/2018 5:00 PM ET – 8/24/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001906: DURATION ADDITION TO ELECTRICITY STORAGE (DAYS)

The Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS) program will pursue new long-duration electricity storage (LDES) technologies with discharge durations that range from 10 to approximately 100 hours at rated power. Such “long” durations are beyond the requirements for intra-day (“daily”) energy time shift and many other stationary electricity storage applications common on the grid today. ARPA-E believes durations at rated power of 10 to 100 hours are relevant for needs that go beyond daily cycling but are short of seasonal energy time-shift applications. Long-duration storage applications present new forms of technical challenges associated with exceptionally low lifetime cost requirements (including both capital and operating expenses), particularly for the energy storage media and related components. However, the lower number of cumulative cycles, acceptability of slow ramp rates, and other relaxed performance requirements that are associated with long durations and infrequent cycling provide opportunities for design tradeoffs that may be leveraged to reduce costs and realize economically-viable LDES systems.

The primary objective of the DAYS program is the development of LDES systems that deliver electricity at a levelized cost of storage (LCOS) of 5 cents/kWh-cycle across the full range of storage durations (i.e. 10 to approximately 100 hours). This requirement results in a target lifetime cost that decreases with increasing storage duration, a marked divergence from many existing storage cost targets that focus on a single duration and thus a single cost metric. The LCOS target of 5 cents/kWh-cycle likely requires system round-trip efficiencies greater than 50%.

For this focused program, ARPA-E expects chemical, electrochemical, thermal, and mechanical technical approaches to potentially address this problem statement. The DAYS program requires that all proposed storage systems be charged by electricity alone and produce electricity as the sole output.

If successful, the DAYS program will provide new forms of stationary electricity storage systems that enhance grid resiliency, provide low-cost capacity, support the transmission and distribution infrastructure, enable a greater share of low-cost, intermittent sources of wind and solar in the future generation mix, along with other benefits.

FAQs are regularly updated. To access the most recent responses to questions, visit the FAQs webpage

Documents

  • DAYS - FOA Document - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 5/21/2018 11:23 AM ET)
  • DAYS Technical Overview Document (Last Updated: 5/21/2018 11:24 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • DAYS FOA Document (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 10:46 AM ET)
  • DAYS - FOA Document - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 5/2/2018 02:41 PM ET)
  • DAYS Technical Overview Document (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 10:20 AM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Template Application Documents

Full Application

  • DAYS - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 10:06 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 10:07 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 10:07 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 10:08 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 10:08 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 10:08 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 10:09 AM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 10:09 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 10:12 AM ET)

Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements. ARPA-E will post responses on a weekly basis to any questions that are received. ARPA-E may re-phrase questions or consolidate similar questions for administrative purposes.

Submission Deadlines

  • Notice of Intent Deadline: 6/15/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/2/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 8/10/2018 5:00 PM ET – 8/16/2018 5:00 PM ET

RFI-0000034: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Enabling a New Generation of High Performance and Durable Heat Exchangers for High Temperature and High Pressure

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the development of heat exchangers that operate in extreme environments (i.e. temperatures in excess of 800°C and pressures in excess of 100 bar). It is expected that recent advances in topological design methodologies, materials, and manufacturing techniques will enable the realization of an extreme-environment-durable heat exchanger capability that was heretofore unattainable. It is expected that this capability will serve as a critical enabling platform technology for next-generation, high efficiency modular power generation systems in a number of industrial sectors.

The primary focus of the upcoming FOA will be to push the boundaries of design for manufacturability, materials, and manufacturing technologies pertinent to highly effective, low pressure drop, low cost, and durable heat-exchangers. Consequently, given the diverse collection of skill sets that are expected to be required for the successful achievement of the FOA goals, multi-party proposing teams are encouraged.

Challenges on the materials side include use of materials capable of withstanding extreme temperature and pressure conditions while featuring attractive thermo-mechanical and manufacturability properties. On the design side, novel advanced topologies compatible with the selected materials will facilitate enhanced performance and low cost manufacturing. Even more transformative, the performance metrics of this FOA may require new advances in the machine and manufacturing features and process monitoring and control parameters to overcome some of the existing challenges such as the smallest feature size, surface finish quality, and economy-of-scale constraints, among others. Accordingly, ARPA-E anticipates that a dedicated and specifically budgeted portion of the efforts in respective projects be focused on enhancing the capabilities of materials and manufacturing machines and processes to achieve the broader goals of this FOA.

The platform technologies that will be developed in this FOA can lead to substantial technical advancements in fields of significance to U.S. national interests. The push for higher operating temperatures in a typical power generation cycle directly translates to higher energy conversion efficiencies and technology development. While high temperature heat exchangers are key components of most power conversion systems, a few industrial sectors can particularly benefit from such heat exchangers. Examples include conventional and hybrid space and aerospace applications, advanced nuclear and concentrated solar power generation systems, and high efficiency modular thermo-electric power conversion systems.

As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate the formation of new project teams to respond to the upcoming FOA. The FOA will provide specific program goals, technical metrics, selection criteria, and other terms and requirements. However, for purposes of the Teaming Partner List, a summary of the currently anticipated scope is provided below.

In order to realize the program goals, ARPA‐E aims to bring together diverse engineering and scientific communities, including researchers in the fields of materials, thermal fluids, thermo-mechanical modeling and design topologies, and advanced manufacturing, to develop enabling materials and manufacturing capabilities to model, design, develop, and demonstrate heat exchanger performance and durability. The FOA will encourage the development of heat exchangers at the demonstration scale of 30 kW with a set of prescribed performance metrics.

As a general matter, ARPA-E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form project teams. Interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration spanning organizational boundaries enables and accelerates the achievement of scientific and technological outcomes that were previously viewed as extremely difficult, if not impossible.

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting June 06, 2018. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

Any organization that would like to be included on this list should complete all required fields in the following link: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Applicantprofile.aspx. Required information includes: Organization Name, Contact Name, Contact Address, Contact Email, Contact Phone, Organization Type, Area of Technical Expertise, and Brief Description of Capabilities.

By submitting a response to this Notice, you consent to the publication of the above-referenced information. By facilitating this Teaming Partner List, ARPA-E does not endorse or otherwise evaluate the qualifications of the entities that self-identify themselves for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA-E will not pay for the provision of any information, nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information. Responses submitted to other email addresses or by other means will not be considered.

This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued in July 2018, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • High Temperature High Pressure Heat-Exchangers Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 6/6/2018 02:06 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

To access the Teaming Partner List for the FOA, click here.