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  RFI-0000037 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Performance-based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, and Risk Management Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000038 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Optimal Operations and Maintenance for Advanced Reactors Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000039 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Funding Opportunity Announcement: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000040 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Breakthroughs Enabling Thermonuclear-fusion Energy Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000041 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001953 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/19/2019 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001954 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/19/2019 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002107 Design Intelligence Fostering Formidable Energy Reduction and Enabling Novel Totally Impactful Advanced Technology Enhancements (DIFFERENTIATE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/20/2019 09:30 AM ET 8/26/2019 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002108 Design Intelligence Fostering Formidable Energy Reduction and Enabling Novel Totally Impactful Advanced Technology Enhancements (DIFFERENTIATE) (SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/20/2019 09:30 AM ET 8/26/2019 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002171 Performance-Based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, And Risk Management (PERFORM) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 10/28/2019 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002174 Generating Electricity Managed By Intelligent Nuclear Assets (GEMINA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 11/13/2019 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002120 Request for Information (RFI): Pre-pilot and pilot R&D projects to scale, mature, and advance ARPA-E funded technologies Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD

RFI-0000037: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Performance-based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, and Risk Management

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in September 2019 for technologies that will facilitate risk-driven electric grid management. ARPA-E is interested in approaches that quantify, evaluate, and mitigate risk in grid operations and planning for systems with increasing penetration levels of variable and uncertain resources (e.g., bulk wind, bulk solar, and distributed energy resources). Specifically, ARPA-E seeks solutions that are quantifiable, transparent, verifiable, and agreeable to all power sector participants to achieve widespread industry adoption of a transformative and disruptive operational paradigm shift. Within the context of this tentative program, risk is defined as the likelihood and associated impact of failing to serve electric power demand given the available portfolio of assets.

Existing grid management software and operational practices assume that the grid is primarily reliant upon bulk, conventional generation technologies whose performance is well understood. As regions pursue aggressive renewable portfolio standards and as emerging technologies become more cost competitive, management practices must evolve in order to efficiently and optimally utilize new asset types for energy, flexibility, and reliability services. In order to successfully transition to a clean and sustainable electric power system, risk-driven management practices are necessary to leverage all assets’ flexibility relative to their dependability.

ARPA-E intends to develop a framework for risk assessment on the grid, at both the asset and system level. Such a framework will allow clear and transparent comparison of asset performance and delivery risk to enable accurate assessment and management of system risk position and encourage innovative risk hedging strategies. ARPA–E held a workshop on this topic in June 2019; information on this workshop can be found at the webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/performance-based-energy-resource-feedback-optimization-and-risk-management)

ARPA–E anticipates that this tentative program will have two main thrusts. Teams may choose to innovate in one or both thrusts.

  1. Quantification of risk and decision making under uncertainty practices at the asset level.
  2. Quantification of risk and decision making under uncertainty practices at the system level.

In order to realize the goals of this program, expertise in the following areas may be useful: (i) power systems, (ii) operations research, (iii) financial engineering, (iv) actuarial science, (v) economics, (vi) statistics, (vii) market design, (viii) data analytics, and (ix) computer science.

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams. Multidisciplinary 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. Furthermore, ARPA-E strongly encourages involving industry partners to advise and collaborate with teams, with the ultimate goal of achieving successful industry adoption and integration of a new risk-driven operational and planning paradigm.

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, in August 2019. Once posted, 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 the Teaming Partner 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 September 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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RFI-0000038: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Optimal Operations and Maintenance for Advanced Reactors

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in September 2019 to solicit applications for financial assistance to develop innovative technologies for the optimization of operations and maintenance (O&M) of advanced nuclear reactors.[1] 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, and selection criteria and the FOA terms are controlling. For the purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the FOA:

Advances in autonomous, efficient, and low-cost operations and maintenance are happening in many industrial sectors, largely powered by artificial intelligence (AI), advanced data analytics, distributed computing, powerful physics simulation tools, and other breakthroughs. To date, little of this advancement has been adopted by the nuclear energy industry. There is a crucial need to design and execute extremely robust and low-cost operations and maintenance procedures (O&M) for advanced reactors (AR).[2] The aim of this ARPA-E program is to make a transformational change to the current state-of-the-art in operating nuclear reactor plants, and improve AR designs with O&M in mind. ARPA-E is interested in solutions focusing on operating and maintaining the reactor core, the balance of plant (BOP), or the entire reactor plant system (including both the reactor core and BOP).

To accomplish this goal, ARPA-E is looking for interdisciplinary teams to develop digital twins (DTs),[3] or a technology with similar capability, for an AR design as the foundation of their O&M strategy. The digital twins (or equivalent) the teams will develop will include diverse technologies that are driving efficiencies in other industries, such as AI, advanced control systems, predictive maintenance, and model-based fault detection. Teams will use the DTs to assess, diagnose, and prescribe O&M activities and needs. Because ARs are still in design phases, with no physical units operating, teams working on core operations will also develop cyber-physical systems (CPS)[4] that simulate advanced reactor core operating dynamics using a combination of non-nuclear experimental facilities (e.g., flow loops) and software. Teams will use these systems as the “real asset,” a surrogate upon which developers can test their DT platforms for operations and maintenance. CPS may also provide validation data for regimes or conditions with high uncertainty. ARPA-E will also support research for filling specific technical gaps to enable the O&M strategies. This program lays the basis for a future where ARs operate with a staffing plan and fixed O&M costs more akin to that of a combined cycle natural gas plant than that of the legacy light-water reactor fleet.

Beyond providing lower fixed O&M costs, development of DTs for ARs has multiple other benefits. In particular, ARPA-E sees DT development contributing to the following areas: generating timely reactor design feedback, enhancing regulatory efficiency, de-risking market adoption challenges, informing new quality assurance standards, and laying the basis for future personnel training.

Currently, ARPA–E anticipates that this program will have two research categories.

Optimal operations and maintenance for ARs: teams will build a digital twin(s) for an advanced reactor system and use it to develop and test advanced O&M techniques and strategies.Targeted topics: Technical gaps may exist that prevent the O&M solutions developed in this program from being fully usable, such as a lack suitable data necessary for modeling or simulation, insufficient essential sensors, or inability to execute specific maintenance tasks. Progress toward sophisticated O&M may be accelerated through the development of smaller, more specific, and focused technology-oriented research programs to address these gaps.


In order to realize the goals of the proposed ARPA-E program, expertise in the following areas may be useful: (i) artificial intelligence; (ii) industrial condition monitoring/asset performance management/predictive maintenance; (iii) advanced, autonomous control systems; (iv) multi-fidelity modeling and simulations; (v) robotics and remote maintenance systems; (vi) advanced reactor design; (vii) nuclear plant O&M activities; and (viii) harsh environment sensors and instrumentation.

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new 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. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov) ARPA–E’s online application portal, starting in September 2019.The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect the addition of new Teaming Partners who have provided the information.

Any organization that would like to be included on the Teaming Partner list should complete all required fields inthe 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 via email or 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 September 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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RFI-0000039: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Funding Opportunity Announcement: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E), concurrently with this Teaming Partner List Announcement, is issuing a new Targeted Topic under Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) DE‐FOA‐0001953 and DE‐FOA‐0001954 to (1) focus attention of technical and research communities on the challenges and benefits of establishing "ground truth" sites in feedstock production environments as a means to validate emerging sensors and sensor systems capable of quantifying field-level emissions, (2) encourage dialogue amongst technology developers, feedstock producers and relevant agricultural stakeholders about leveraging these field sites, and (3) provide a timetable for the submission of Full Applications.

Ethanol and other bio-based fuels have the potential to provide an emissions-free source of energy on a net basis, but not without a shift in feedstock production practices. Current feedstock production practices are driven by yield, and low profit margins leave feedstock growers with limited options for increasing productivity; often, this comes in the form of over-fertilization, which produces unnecessary emissions, impacts water quality, and has uncertain returns (e.g. an estimated $267–702 million dollars of fertilizer value is lost each year ). While these impacts become clear when aggregated to the regional or national scale, field-level contributions remain unknown. This lack of visibility, combined with the absence of economic incentives beyond yield, leaves feedstock producers to estimate and assume the risk of new management practices to their primary revenue stream (i.e. yield). By establishing sites and protocols for measuring the impact of management practices on both yield and the environment, this funding opportunity aims to bridge the technology gap between feedstock producers and existing market incentives that can de-risk sustainable management practices and defray the cost of monitoring their impact.

ARPA-E will provide financial support to teams that include production farms that could market directly to ethanol and other biofuel producers to develop datasets of current production inputs (e.g. fertilizer, chemicals, fuel) and outcomes (e.g. yield, emissions, water quality) in a commercial production environment. In doing so, this funding opportunity aims to fund the creation of "gold-standard" datasets to (i) pilot data capture and transfer methods for supply-chain-wide LCA, (ii) validate new, low-cost technology approaches to measuring and improving feedstock production efficiency, and (iii) provide new high-resolution data to the R&D community for technology development (e.g. remote sensing to reduce physical footprint of high-resolution monitoring; new modeling, prediction and extrapolation techniques). ARPA–E held a workshop on this topic in February 2018; information on this workshop can be found at the webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/energy-smart-farm-distributed-intelligence-networks-highly-variable-and-resource).

ARPA-E seeks to fund the development of "ground truth" solutions that establish measurements and protocols for emissions monitoring at the field level and provide agronomic insight. The primary goal of this targeted topic is to fund project teams to establish publically available open-source, high-resolution datasets to support testing and validation of emerging biofuel production monitoring technologies.

In order to realize the goals of this program, expertise in the following areas may be useful:

(i) Establishing a data protocol for quantifying field-level emissions, including soil carbon storage; (ii) Developing clear methods for assessing commercial solutions for emissions quantification at the field level; (iii) Garnering stakeholder input and collaboration across the supply chain. (iv) Securing and sharing field-level datasets both during and after the period of performance; (v) Engaging community members across the energy-water-food nexus to share best practices, collaborate on technology challenges, and encourage data standardization and transparency.

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams. Multidisciplinary 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. Furthermore, ARPA-E strongly encourages involving industry partners to advise and collaborate with teams, with the ultimate goal of achieving successful industry adoption and integration of a new risk-driven operational and planning paradigm.

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/), ARPA–E’s online application portal, in September 2019. Once posted, 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 the Teaming Partner 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 Announcement, 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 Announcement does not constitute a FOA. Applicants must refer to the final Targeted Topic issued under DE‐FOA‐0001953 and DE‐FOA‐0001954, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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RFI-0000040: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Breakthroughs Enabling Thermonuclear-fusion Energy

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in November 2019 to solicit applications for financial assistance to develop lower-cost fusion-energy concepts.1 Based on numerous studies examining the cost challenges facing advanced nuclear energy,2 which shares some attributes with fusion such as unit size and capital cost, ARPA-E believes that a commercial fusion power plant should target an overnight capital cost (OCC) of <US$2B and <$5/W. Furthermore, if fusion energy can be commercialized in about 20 years, then, as a firm low-carbon energy source, it can contribute to meeting global, growing low-carbon energy demand and cost-effective deep decarbonization3 in the latter half of the century.

As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate the formation of new project teams to respond to the planned FOA. The FOA will provide specific program goals, technical metrics, and selection criteria, and the FOA terms are controlling. For the purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the FOA.

Building on the ALPHA program4 and synergies with the growing private fusion industry,5 the key objective of this program will be to increase the number and performance levels of lower-cost fusion concepts. Presently, ARPA–E anticipates that this program may have three research categories:

A. Concept Development: projects will develop lower-cost fusion concepts as measured against specific milestones (to be detailed in the FOA), from theoretical/numerical assessment of net-energy-gain potential to experimental demonstration of fusion-triple-product6 increases toward the notional energy-breakeven requirement of ~3x1021 keV·s/m3.Concepts that have already demonstrated triple products >1019 keV·s/m3 are not eligible for this category but may be eligible for Component Technology Development (Category B) below.ARPA-E may support multiple concepts in this category at a range of entry and exit milestones.Concepts from the full range of thermonuclear parameter space7 (i.e., from lower-density magnetically confined to higher-density inertially confined systems) will be eligible.Proposers will be required to fill in a spreadsheet (to be included with the FOA) to estimate the cost of a short-pulse or single-shot, net-gain experiment based on their concept.Proposals will be evaluated, in part, based on whether the estimated cost for the net-gain experiment is less than ~$100M.

B. Component Technology Development: projects will develop a component technology with the potential to reduce the capital cost of costlier, more mature fusion concepts, such as the tokamak, stellarator, or inertial confinement fusion (ICF).Proposers will be asked to make a quantitative argument (e.g., relative to relevant past reactor studies) that a grid-ready demonstration power plant enabled by the new component technology could satisfy the metrics of OCC <$2B and $5/W.

C. Capability Teams: projects will improve/adapt and apply an existing capability to support multiple Concept Development projects (Category A). Priority needs include (but are not limited to) (i) theory, modeling, and validation for a range of lower-cost fusion concepts, including pulsed, intermediate-density fusion concepts (e.g., magneto-inertial fusion and Z pinches) and magnetic-confinement concepts with reduced magnetic-field strength/complexity and/or linear geometry; (ii) creative application of machine learning to accelerate the development of lower-cost fusion concepts; and (iii) expert engineering design, fabrication, or other support to accelerate progress for multiple projects and lower the overall costs for the program.


In order to realize the goals of this ARPA-E program, expertise in the following areas may be useful: (i) fusion plasma physics; (ii) multi-physics modeling and simulations of fusion plasmas; (iii) design, construction, and/or operation of plasma/fusion experiments; (iv) machine learning; (v) pulsed-power systems; (vi) high-temperature superconducting magnets; (vii) high-field permanent magnets; (viii) plasma-heating systems; (ix) high-efficiency, high-bandwidth, high-average-power lasers for ICF; (x) enabling the use of advanced fusion fuels; and (xi) advanced manufacturing. As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new 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. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (https://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, starting in October 2019. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect the addition of new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

Any organization that would like to be included on the Teaming Partner 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 via email or 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 November 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.


1 https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/enabling-timely-and-commercially-viable-fusion-energy; this workshop discussed both “lower-cost fusion concept development” and “fusion enabling technologies.” This Teaming Partner List and planned FOA are only for the former.

2 e.g., The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World, An Interdisciplinary MIT Study, MIT Energy Initiative (2018).

3 N. A. Sepulveda et al., “The Role of Firm Low-Carbon Electricity Resources in Deep Decarbonization of Power Generation,” Joule 2, 2403 (2018).

4 Accelerating Low-cost Plasma Heating and Assembly; C. L. Nehl et al., “Retrospective of the ARPA-E ALPHA Fusion Program,” J. Fusion Energy, published online Oct. 8, 2019.

5 See, e.g., member companies of the Fusion Industry Association.

6 The “Lawson” fusion triple product is a metric for comparing the rate of fusion energy production to the rate of energy lost from the fusion fuel. Above a threshold value of the triple product, fusion energy exceeds the energy lost. This is typically required in a practical fusion power plant.

7 I. R. Lindemuth and R. E. Siemon, “The fundamental parameter space of controlled thermonuclear fusion,” Amer. J. Phys. 77, 407 (2009).

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  • Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Breakthroughs Enabling Thermonuclear-fusion Energy (Last Updated: 10/11/2019 03:09 PM ET)

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RFI-0000041: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in late October 2019 for carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) technologies applied to fossil-fueled power generators, with a focus on the implications of changing patterns in the time-dependent value of electricity – as represented by a locational marginal price (LMP) – brought about by the increasing penetration of variable renewables such as wind and solar power. ARPA-E is interested in developing CCS technologies with cost and performance attributes that could enable a net-zero carbon electricity grid at a system levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) of $75/MWh. The technology focus would be to develop CCS processes that enable fossil-fueled power plants to be responsive to a grid with a large share of renewables; this includes retrofits to existing power plants as well as greenfield systems with a fossil fuel input and low-carbon electricity as an output (i.e. a “black box” in which the nature of the fuel-to-electricity conversion process is not prescribed).

Based on trends in the electricity grid, especially the falling cost of variable renewable generators and energy storage, ARPA-E expects that compelling process attributes could include, but are not limited to:

  • Lower CCS capital costs, even if that entails some increase in marginal cost including parasitic load (given general trends towards lower capacity factors for fossil fuel plants)
  • CCS processes that enable maximal power plant flexibility such as ramp rate, turndown, and startup and shutdown time
  • CCS systems that include additional processes that enable a power plant to shift the export of electricity to the grid, thereby allowing the power plant and CCS plant to operate under more steady-state conditions even when subjected to fluctuating LMPs. Examples include but are not limited to energy storage and hydrogen production; the latter would be constrained to a scale compatible with current combustion turbine and pipeline infrastructure
  • CCS processes that can cost-effectively achieve high CO2 capture rates from flue gas (e.g. greater than 90% removal) and/or vary their capture rate based on market conditions
  • Designs that increase the utilization of a point-source CCS process, such as integration with direct air capture (DAC) systems
  • Processes that are designed primarily to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, but can change modes to export electricity to the grid in times of high demand

ARPA-E anticipates a two-phased program. Phase I would focus on designing innovative CCS processes that maximize the net present value (NPV) of a fossil-fueled power generator with CCS across several carbon pricing scenarios (e.g. $100-300 per ton), given LMP price signals that reflect a grid with a deep penetration of renewables. These LMP signals would be provided as an input from ARPA-E.

Teams would develop steady-state and dynamic models of the power generator, CO2 capture plant, and CO2 compression system; validate those models; vary the process configuration and design and operational variables to optimize the NPV; and provide estimates for the capital cost, marginal cost, and fixed operations & maintenance costs. Teams would use LMP signals and carbon prices provided by ARPA-E and propose the dispatch of the power plant, thereby defining the capacity factor. Phase I would thus focus on process designs and computational modeling; experimental validation would be encouraged but not required.

At the end of Phase I, ARPA-E plans to hold an engineering design review with third-party reviewers to analyze the processes designed by awardees. In addition, ARPA-E intends to analyze the market potential of the proposed technologies with a capacity expansion modeling tool that estimates the build-out and utilization of each technology under a range of possible scenarios.

Based on the results of the capacity expansion modeling analysis and engineering design review, ARPA-E anticipates a Phase II that would build components, unit operations, and small systems to reduce the technical risk and cost associated with these CCS systems. Phase II projects would have a longer period of performance and larger budget than Phase I.

ARPA–E held a workshop on this topic in July 2019; information on this workshop can be found at the webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/flexible-carbon-capture-workshop)

In order to realize the goals of this program, expertise in the following areas may be useful:

  • CCS technology development 
  • Innovative fuel-to-electricity conversion technologies that are inherently amenable to CCS
  • Process modeling of power plants, CO2 capture processes, and CO2 compression systems
  • System dynamics and controls
  • Engineering cost modeling of capital and operational costs
  • Advanced optimization techniques that allow for a wide range of process configurations and design and operational variables to be considered in a computationally-efficient manner
  • Processes that enable a power plant to shift output with minimal capital expense, such as energy storage or hydrogen production at a scale compatible with existing power plant and pipeline infrastructure
  • DAC systems that could be integrated with point-source CCS plants and/or export power to the grid

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages outstanding scientists, engineers and innovators from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams. Multidisciplinary 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. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (https://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, in October 2019. Once posted, 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 the Teaming Partner 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 late October 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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  • Announcement of Teaming Partner List for FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (Last Updated: 10/17/2019 11:54 AM ET)

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DE-FOA-0001953: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas

This announcement is purposely broad in scope, and will cover a wide range of topics to encourage the submission of the most innovative and unconventional ideas in energy technology. The objective of this solicitation is to support high-risk R&D leading to the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. Topics under this FOA will explore new areas of technology development that, if successful, could establish new program areas for ARPA-E, or complement the current portfolio of ARPA-E programs.

Targeted Topics:

A. Extremely Durable Concretes and Cementitious Materials
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/19/19

B. Leveraging Innovations Supporting Nuclear Energy
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/19/19

C. Downhole Tools to Enable Enhanced Geothermal Systems
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/19/19

D. Diagnostic Resource Teams to Support the Validation of Potentially Transformative Fusion-Energy Concepts
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 4/15/19

E. Quantification of Effectiveness of Nutrient Bioextraction by Seaweed
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 5/13/19

F: High Value Methane Pyrolysis
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/26/19

G: Reserved

H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production
OPEN - FA Deadline 9:30 AM ET 11/18/19

ARPA-E will provide financial support to teams that include production farms that could market directly to ethanol and other biofuel producers to develop datasets of current production inputs (e.g. fertilizer, chemicals, fuel) and outcomes (e.g. yield, emissions, water quality) in a commercial production environment. In doing so, this funding opportunity aims to fund the creation of “gold-standard” datasets to (i) pilot data capture and transfer methods for supply-chain-wide LCA, (ii) validate new, low-cost technology approaches to measuring and improving feedstock production efficiency, and (iii) provide new high-resolution data to the R&D community for technology development (e.g. remote sensing to reduce physical footprint of high-resolution monitoring; new modeling, prediction and extrapolation techniques).



Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 05 (Last Updated: 9/17/2019 05:00 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • DE-FOA-0001953 Initial Announcement (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:42 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 2/13/2019 03:15 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 02 (Last Updated: 3/12/2019 03:10 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/21/2019 04:52 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 04 (Last Updated: 7/12/2019 12:07 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

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Template_DE-FOA-0001953 (Last Updated: 2/8/2019 12:42 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:27 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:27 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:28 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:30 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:29 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:29 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:29 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:35 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/19/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 8/28/2019 5:00 PM ET – 9/4/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001954: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR

This announcement is purposely broad in scope, and will cover a wide range of topics to encourage the submission of the most innovative and unconventional ideas in energy technology. The objective of this solicitation is to support high-risk R&D leading to the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. Topics under this FOA will explore new areas of technology development that, if successful, could establish new program areas for ARPA-E, or complement the current portfolio of ARPA-E programs.

Targeted Topics:

A. Extremely Durable Concretes and Cementitious Materials
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/26/19

B. Leveraging Innovations Supporting Nuclear Energy
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/26/19

C. Downhole Tools to Enable Enhanced Geothermal Systems
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/26/19

D. Reserved

E. Reserved

F: High Value Methane Pyrolysis
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/26/19

G: Supporting Entrepreneurial Energy Discoveries (SEED)
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 10/8/19

H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production
OPEN - FA Deadline is 9:30 AM ET 11/18/19

ARPA-E will provide financial support to teams that include production farms that could market directly to ethanol and other biofuel producers to develop datasets of current production inputs (e.g. fertilizer, chemicals, fuel) and outcomes (e.g. yield, emissions, water quality) in a commercial production environment. In doing so, this funding opportunity aims to fund the creation of “gold-standard” datasets to (i) pilot data capture and transfer methods for supply-chain-wide LCA, (ii) validate new, low-cost technology approaches to measuring and improving feedstock production efficiency, and (iii) provide new high-resolution data to the R&D community for technology development (e.g. remote sensing to reduce physical footprint of high-resolution monitoring; new modeling, prediction and extrapolation techniques).

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 06 (Last Updated: 9/17/2019 05:11 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • DE-FOA-0001954 Initial Announcement (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:47 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 2/13/2019 03:39 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 02 (Last Updated: 2/15/2019 02:30 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/21/2019 05:08 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 04 (Last Updated: 7/12/2019 12:09 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 05 (Last Updated: 8/7/2019 03:14 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

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Template_DE-FOA-0001954 (Last Updated: 2/8/2019 12:43 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:02 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:02 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:03 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:03 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:03 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:04 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:04 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:04 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:06 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/19/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 8/28/2019 5:00 PM ET – 9/4/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002107: Design Intelligence Fostering Formidable Energy Reduction and Enabling Novel Totally Impactful Advanced Technology Enhancements (DIFFERENTIATE)

The DIFFERENTIATE program seeks to enhance the pace of energy innovation by incorporating machine learning into energy technology development processes. By doing so, this program aims to enhance the productivity of energy engineers in helping them to develop next-generation energy technologies.

The DIFFERENTIATE program seeks to develop machine learning tools that:

  1. Enhance the creativity of the hypothesis generation (i.e. conceptual design) process by helping engineers develop new concepts and by enabling the consideration of a larger and more diverse set of design options during the hypothesis generation phase,
  2. Enhance the efficiency of the high-fidelity evaluation (i.e. detailed design) process by accelerating the high-fidelity analysis and optimization of the hypothesized solution, and
  3. To ultimately reduce (ideally eliminate) design iteration by developing the capability to execute “inverse design” processes in which the product design is effectively expressed as an explicit function of the problem statement.

In order to facilitate the achievement of the above-mentioned objective, ARPA-E is issuing this FOA to encourage teams consisting of mathematicians, operations research analysts, computer scientists, energy engineers, and others with applicable skills and experience to jointly work on developing the tools required to enhance the creativity and efficiency (i.e. productivity) of the energy technology design process.

Documents

  • DIFFERENTIATE DE-FOA-0002107 FA FOA Mod 02 (Last Updated: 7/31/2019 04:11 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • DIFFERENTIATE DE-FOA-0002107 CP FOA (Last Updated: 4/4/2019 02:58 PM ET)
  • DIFFERENTIATE DE-FOA-0002107 FA FOA (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 02:17 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

  • DIFFERENTIATE- Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 10/2/2019 01:39 PM ET)

Full Application

  • DIFFERENTIATE - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 10:02 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 10:43 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 10:42 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 10:42 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 10:42 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 10:43 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 10:54 AM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 10:44 AM ET)
  • US Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 10:45 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 10:43 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: 5/20/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/26/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 10/7/2019 5:00 PM ET – 10/10/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002108: Design Intelligence Fostering Formidable Energy Reduction and Enabling Novel Totally Impactful Advanced Technology Enhancements (DIFFERENTIATE) (SBIR/STTR)

The DIFFERENTIATE program seeks to enhance the pace of energy innovation by incorporating machine learning into energy technology development processes. By doing so, this program aims to enhance the productivity of energy engineers in helping them to develop next-generation energy technologies.

The DIFFERENTIATE program seeks to develop machine learning tools that:

  1. Enhance the creativity of the hypothesis generation (i.e. conceptual design) process by helping engineers develop new concepts and by enabling the consideration of a larger and more diverse set of design options during the hypothesis generation phase,
  2. Enhance the efficiency of the high-fidelity evaluation (i.e. detailed design) process by accelerating the high-fidelity analysis and optimization of the hypothesized solution, and
  3. To ultimately reduce (ideally eliminate) design iteration by developing the capability to execute “inverse design” processes in which the product design is effectively expressed as an explicit function of the problem statement.

In order to facilitate the achievement of the above-mentioned objective, ARPA-E is issuing this FOA to encourage teams consisting of mathematicians, operations research analysts, computer scientists, energy engineers, and others with applicable skills and experience to jointly work on developing the tools required to enhance the creativity and efficiency (i.e. productivity) of the energy technology design process.

Documents

  • DIFFERENTIATE SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002108 FA FOA Mod 02 (Last Updated: 7/31/2019 04:15 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • DIFFERENTIATE SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002108 CP FOA (Last Updated: 4/4/2019 03:00 PM ET)
  • DIFFERENTIATE SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002108 FA FOA (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 02:18 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

  • DIFFERENTIATE SBIR/STTR - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 4/4/2019 01:34 PM ET)

Full Application

  • DIFFERENTIATE SBIR/STTR- Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 11:32 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 11:43 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 11:44 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 11:47 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 11:48 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 11:49 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 11:33 AM ET)
  • US Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 11:33 AM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 11:33 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 11:33 AM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 11:50 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: 5/20/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/26/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 10/7/2019 5:00 PM ET – 10/11/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002171: Performance-Based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, And Risk Management (PERFORM)

Optimal utilization of all grid assets requires a fundamental shift in grid management rooted in an understanding of asset risk and system risk. ARPA-E seeks innovative management systems that (i) represent the relative delivery risk of each asset and (ii) balance the collective risk of all assets across the grid. A risk-driven paradigm will allow operators to fully understand the true likelihood of maintaining a supply-demand balance and system reliability; this is critical for all power systems and is essential for grids with high levels of stochastic resources.

Existing management practices were designed for a grid consisting of and fully reliant on conventional generation assets. Present operational and planning practices do not acknowledge or leverage the true capabilities and associated challenges of emerging assets. A risk-driven paradigm will allow emerging assets to be trusted and relied upon to provide the critical products and services necessary to maintain an efficient and reliable grid, thereby breaking the persistent reliance on conventional generation technologies.

Through the Performance-based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, and Risk Management (PERFORM) program, Applicants will propose methods to quantify and manage risk at the asset level and at the system level. At the asset level, ARPA-E envisions the design of a risk score or measure that clearly communicates the physical delivery risk of an asset’s offer, similar to the role a credit score plays in determining the creditworthiness of an individual. At the system level, ARPA-E envisions the design of grid management systems that endogenously capture uncertainty and evaluate and hedge the system risk position to meet or exceed a baseline system risk index. The anticipated outcome of PERFORM is a transformative and disruptive risk-driven grid management paradigm that optimally utilizes all assets (including emerging technologies) to reduce costs and improve reliability.

ARPA-E expects PERFORM awardees to build on existing practices and expertise from the finance, insurance, and actuarial science communities, which have a long history of defining, quantifying, and hedging risk. Applicants should pursue partnerships with these communities along with domain-specific experts (e.g., engineers, operations researchers, and market designers) to achieve technically relevant innovative solutions. PERFORM is targeting all power sectors: (i) bulk and distribution systems, (ii) centralized and decentralized paradigms, and (iii) vertically integrated utilities, markets, and peer-to-peer transactive energy systems.


Documents

  • PERFORM CP FOA (Last Updated: 9/19/2019 11:55 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

Concept Paper

  • PERFORM - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 9/19/2019 11:55 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: 10/28/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002174: Generating Electricity Managed By Intelligent Nuclear Assets (GEMINA)

The aim of this ARPA-E program is to make a transformational change to the current state-of-the-art and improve advanced reactor (AR) designs with operations and maintenance (O&M) in mind. Advances in autonomous, efficient, and low-cost systems O&M are occurring in many industrial sectors, largely powered by artificial intelligence (AI), advanced data analytics, distributed computing, powerful physics simulation tools, and other technical breakthroughs. To date, little of this advancement has been adopted by the nuclear energy industry. There is a crucial need to design and execute extremely robust and low-cost operations and maintenance procedures for ARs.

Most analysts conclude that the low-carbon electricity grids of the future will be most easily and economically achieved by including firm low-carbon resources such as nuclear energy. However, existing light water nuclear power plants are facing the significant challenge of having comparatively high fixed O&M costs and new builds of large light water reactors (LWRs) have historically been drastically over schedule and budget in the U.S. and Western Europe. Advanced reactors offer a compelling solution option as they can provide enhanced flexibility, a range of power generation outputs, lower capital costs and shorter construction schedules, high temperatures for industrial heating use, and strong safety cases. For a decarbonized future, we need to ensure that AR construction and operating costs are competitive and the plants are flexible to operate.

To accomplish this goal, ARPA-E seeks interdisciplinary teams to develop digital twins (DTs), or a technology with similar capability, for an AR design as the foundation of the team’s O&M strategy. The digital twins (or equivalent) and associated O&M approaches the teams will develop will include diverse technologies that are driving efficiencies in other industries, such as AI, advanced control systems, predictive maintenance, and model-based fault detection. Because ARs are still in design phases, with no physical units operating, teams working on core operations will also develop cyber-physical systems (CPS) that simulate advanced reactor plant operating dynamics using a combination of non-nuclear experimental facilities (e.g., flow loops) and software. Teams will use these systems as the “real asset,” a surrogate upon which developers can test their DT platforms for operations and maintenance. CPS may also provide validation data for regimes for conditions with high uncertainty. Teams focusing on activities outside the reactor core are encouraged to identify appropriate test systems and data. ARPA-E will also support research for filling specific technical gaps to enable the O&M strategies. This program lays the basis for a future where ARs operate with a staffing plan and fixed O&M costs more akin to that of a combined cycle natural gas plant than that of the legacy LWR fleet.

Documents

  • GEMINA CP FOA (Last Updated: 10/2/2019 02:04 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

  • GEMINA - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 10/2/2019 02:03 PM 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: 11/13/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002120: Request for Information (RFI): Pre-pilot and pilot R&D projects to scale, mature, and advance ARPA-E funded technologies

SUMMARY:

ARPA-E is seeking information to help frame a potential new funding opportunity for public-private partnerships supporting the further refinement, scaling, and piloting of successful ARPA-E technologies. The potential program would collaborate with investors and private sector partners to advance promising technologies developed under ARPA-E awards (both prior and ongoing) to pre-pilot and pilot R&D projects. The projects would need to demonstrate scalability, reliability, and manufacturability. Success of these scale-up/pilot projects will establish the path forward to continued private sector development and deployment of these transformational technologies. In addition to the energy-related benefits, this development would establish a new manufacturing base for energy technologies in the U.S.

Through this RFI, ARPA-E seeks to:

  • Identify successful ARPA-E technologies that have established proof of concept and are ready for scaling R&D projects in manufacturability, reliability, etc. 
  • Identify the companies that propose to lead the next stage of development for these ARPA-E technologies. 
  • Gauge interest from potential investors and industry partners to support and participate in scale-up/pilot projects. 
  • Frame the structure and management for potential funding opportunities to support scale-up/pilot projects of ARPA-E technologies with investor and industry participation. 
  • Facilitate engagement between innovators and partners, specifically to make connections in advance of the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in July 2019.

More detailed information follows on the background of the technology and competitiveness challenges ARPA-E seeks to address, the different groups of stakeholders ARPA-E hopes to engage, and the potential next steps for such a funding opportunity.

Please carefully review the REQUEST FOR INFORMATION DOCUMENT and GUIDELINES below. Please note, in particular, that the information you provide will be used by ARPA-E solely for program planning, without attribution. THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THIS NOTICE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA). NO FOA EXISTS AT THIS TIME.

Responses to this RFI should be submitted in PDF format to the email address ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on June 20, 2019.

Documents

  • RFI: Pre-pilot and pilot R&D projects to scale, mature, and advance ARPA-E funded technologies (Last Updated: 5/31/2019 01:41 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • RFI: Pre-pilot and pilot R&D projects to scale, mature, and advance ARPA-E funded technologies (Last Updated: 4/4/2019 11:58 AM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD