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  DE-FOA-0001002 INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN ENERGY-RELATED APPLIED SCIENCE (IDEAS) 9/28/2015 05:00 PM TBD
  DE-FOA-0001184 ACCELERATING LOW-COST PLASMA HEATING AND ASSEMBLY (ALPHA) 10/14/2014 05:00 PM 2/2/2015 05:00 PM
  DE-FOA-0001197 ADVANCED RESEARCH IN DRY-COOLING (ARID) 11/10/2014 05:00 PM 2/13/2015 05:00 PM
  DE-FOA-0001198 GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) 12/1/2014 05:00 PM 3/23/2015 05:00 PM
  DE-FOA-0001199 Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET) 12/22/2014 05:00 PM 4/14/2015 05:00 PM
  DE-FOA-0001211 TRANSPORTATION ENERGY RESOURCES FROM RENEWABLE AGRICULTURE (TERRA) 11/17/2014 05:00 PM 3/2/2015 05:00 PM
  DE-FOA-0001255 MICRO-SCALE OPTIMIZED SOLAR-CELL ARRAYS WITH INTEGRATED CONCENTRATION (MOSAIC) 1/22/2015 05:00 PM 5/7/2015 05:00 PM
  DE-FOA-0001256 MICRO-SCALE OPTIMIZED SOLAR-CELL ARRAYS WITH INTEGRATED CONCENTRATION (MOSAIC) (SBIR/STTR) 1/22/2015 05:00 PM 5/7/2015 05:00 PM
  DE-FOA-0001261 OPEN 2015 2/20/2015 05:00 PM 2/27/2015 05:00 PM TBD
  DE-FOA-0001289 NETWORK OPTIMIZED DISTRIBUTED ENERGY SYSTEMS (NODES) 3/20/2015 05:00 PM TBD
  RFI-0000013 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET) TBD TBD
  RFI-0000014 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcements: Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAIC) TBD TBD
  RFI-0000016 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) TBD TBD

DE-FOA-0001002: INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN ENERGY-RELATED APPLIED SCIENCE (IDEAS)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to provide rapid support to revolutionary applied energy research (Studies) that may lead to new ARPA-E programs to develop transformational and disruptive energy technologies. Studies are defined as single-phase efforts of durations less than 12 months and cost less than $500,000. Awards will be issued through Grants.

The broad objective of this FOA is to identify disruptive concepts in energy-related technologies that challenge the status quo and represent a leap beyond today’s technology. An innovative concept alone is not enough; the idea must also have the potential to be impactful—meaning that, if successful, it represents a fundamentally new paradigm in energy technology with the potential to make a significant impact on ARPA-E’s Mission Areas (see Section I.A). Concepts of particular interest have the potential to achieve percentage-level reductions in U.S. energy consumption, energy-related imports, or greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

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Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 9/28/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001184: ACCELERATING LOW-COST PLASMA HEATING AND ASSEMBLY (ALPHA)


ALPHA seeks to develop and demonstrate low-cost tools to aid in the development of fusion power, with a focus on approaches to produce plasmas in the final density range of 1018-1023 ions/cm3 (at Lawson conditions). The program goal is to create a toolset that will allow a significant reduction in facilities costs for fusion development and to enable rapid learning through a high shot rate at a low cost-per-shot, enabling rapid progress along new learning curves towards economical fusion power

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 10/14/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/2/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001197: ADVANCED RESEARCH IN DRY-COOLING (ARID)

This program seeks to fund transformative new power plant cooling technologies that enable high thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency with zero net water dissipation to the atmosphere.  Of particular interest to this program are technologies that incorporate air cooling, sorption-based cooling, multimode (convection/radiant) cooling, large capacity cool storage, or any other innovative heat rejection technology that addresses the programmatic goals. Successful technologies emerging from this program will enable continued reliable and efficient domestic electric power production, independent of population growth and climatic variations and with minimal impact on the aquatic environment. Market penetration of these technologies will significantly reduce the risk of lost thermoelectric power production. This program aims to bridge the gap between fundamental scientific advances, such as those arising from the NSF Thermal Transport Processes Program, ONR Ship Systems and Engineering Research Program (Thermal Energy Management), and the NSF/EPRI Advanced Dry Cooling for Power Plants program, and technology that will have a transformative impact in dry-cooling of power plants.


A list of potential teaming partners can be found here: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/TeamingPartners - ARID

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.

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Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 11/10/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/13/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Reply to Reviewer Comments Submission Deadline: 4/3/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001198: GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS)

The GENSETS Program – GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems – seeks to fund the development of potentially disruptive generator technologies that will enable widespread deployment of residential Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems. Here, CHP is defined as the distributed generation of electricity from piped-in natural gas fuel at a residence or a commercial site complemented by use of exhaust heat for local heating and cooling. If adopted widely by U.S. residential and commercial sectors, GENSETS CHP systems could lead to annual primary energy savings of more than 5 quadrillion BTU (quads). GENSETS systems could also provide annual CO2 emissions reductions of more than 200 million metric tons, which is roughly 10% of the CO2 produced annually from U.S. electricity generation and 4% of total U.S. annual CO2 emissions.

The GENSETS Program seeks transformative generators/engines with 1 kW of electrical output (kWe) that have high efficiency (40% fuel to electricity), long life (10 years), low cost ($3,000 per system), and low emissions. Heat engines and generators capable of achieving these targets may include internal and external combustion engines, turbines, and solid state devices such as thermophotovoltaics, thermionic emitters, and thermoelectrics. It is anticipated that the same technologies developed for 1-kWe engines in GENSETS could be adapted to build larger engines with even higher efficiencies for various commercial sectors of the U.S.

A list of potential teaming partners can be found here: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/TeamingPartners - GENSETS

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 12/1/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/23/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001199: Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET)

The Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET) program seeks solutions that minimize energy consumption in America’s surface transportation network through the use of network control mechanisms that operate through personalized signals directed at individual travelers.

In 2013, the United States used more than 25% of its energy supply for the purpose of moving people and goods from one place to another, i.e., in the transportation sector. Even modest improvements that reduce transportation energy consumption can reduce energy imports and greenhouse gas emissions, two of ARPA-E’s primary goals. To date, technologies directed at transportation have focused primarily on the diversification of energy supplies (e.g., the production of alternative liquid fuels and electrification) or on improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency (e.g., combustion efficiency, weight reduction, and aerodynamic design). The TRANSNET program takes an alternative, complementary approach through the development of technologies that target both the factors that drive energy consumption and the overall energy efficiency of personal transportation, without changing the mechanical efficiency of each mode (car, bus, train, etc.) within the network.

A list of potential teaming partners can be found here: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/TeamingPartners - TRANSNET

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 12/22/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/14/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001211: TRANSPORTATION ENERGY RESOURCES FROM RENEWABLE AGRICULTURE (TERRA)


There is an urgent need to accelerate energy crop development for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. Recent technological advancements have now made it possible to extract massive volumes of genetic, physiological, and environmental data from certain crops, but, even with these resources, the data still cannot be processed into the knowledge needed to predict crop performance in the field.   The overall objective of the TERRA program is to develop tools that enable an increase in the rate and extent of genetic improvement of the yield of bioenergy crops grown in the field. If successful, the program will enhance land use efficiency, reduce competition between bioenergy and food crops, improve environmental sustainability, and provide a more stable supply of biomass for transportation fuels and bio-refineries.

ARPA-E seeks multidisciplinary teams to leverage advancements in automation, sensor technologies, computational analytics and low-cost nucleotide sequencing and develop innovative phenotyping systems that enable (a) new predictive algorithms for plant growth, (b) more detailed measurements for plant physiology, and (c) more sophisticated bioinformatics pipelines for gene discovery and trait association. TERRA will enable breeders to evaluate more individual plants, to select appropriate plants for breeding earlier in the growing season, to capture better information about them during their development, and to associate this information with the best genes to propagate.

A list of potential teaming partners can be found here: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/TeamingPartners - TERRA

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 11/17/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/2/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001255: MICRO-SCALE OPTIMIZED SOLAR-CELL ARRAYS WITH INTEGRATED CONCENTRATION (MOSAIC)

The MOSAIC (Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration) Program will fund potentially disruptive technologies and related system concepts to achieve new performance and cost benchmarks for solar-electric generation from photovoltaics (PV). Specifically, MOSAIC will develop novel concepts that integrate arrays of high-performance micro-scale concentrated PV (micro-CPV) elements into modules that are similar in profile and cost to traditional non-concentrated “flat-plate” (FP) PV, but achieve the performance level associated with conventional Concentrated Photovoltaics (CPV). Realization of the aggressive targets of MOSAIC will require the formation of R&D teams from several communities, including material scientists, electrical and packaging engineers, optical engineers, micro-scale manufacturing specialists, and researchers in polymers and opto-electronics. 

A list of potential teaming partners can be found here: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/TeamingPartners - MOSAIC

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/22/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/7/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001256: MICRO-SCALE OPTIMIZED SOLAR-CELL ARRAYS WITH INTEGRATED CONCENTRATION (MOSAIC) (SBIR/STTR)

The MOSAIC (Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration) Program will fund potentially disruptive technologies and related system concepts to achieve new performance and cost benchmarks for solar-electric generation from photovoltaics (PV).   Specifically, MOSAIC will develop novel concepts that integrate arrays of high-performance micro-scale concentrated PV (micro-CPV) elements into modules that are similar in profile and cost to traditional non-concentrated “flat-plate” (FP) PV, but achieve the performance level associated with conventional Concentrated Photovoltaics (CPV).  Realization of the aggressive targets of MOSAIC will require the formation of R&D teams from several communities, including material scientists, electrical and packaging engineers, optical engineers, micro-scale manufacturing specialists, and researchers in polymers and opto-electronics. 

A list of potential teaming partners can be found here: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/TeamingPartners - MOSAIC

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/22/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/7/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001261: OPEN 2015

The Concept Paper period for the OPEN 2015 FOA is closed. 

The objective of an ARPA-E OPEN FOA is simple, yet comprehensive: to support the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. ARPA-E seeks to support transformational research in all areas of energy R&D, covering transportation and stationary applications. Areas of research responsive to this FOA include (but are not limited to) electricity generation by both renewable and non-renewable means; electricity transmission, storage, and distribution; energy efficiency for buildings, manufacturing and commerce, and personal use; and all aspects of transportation, including the production and distribution of both renewable and non-renewable fuels, electrification, and energy efficiency in transportation.

Because of the enormous breadth of energy technologies solicited under an OPEN FOA, it is impossible to provide the well-defined technical targets contained in an ARPA-E FOA for a focused technology program. Rather, ARPA-E asks applicants to address the potential impact of the proposed technology on the agency’s Mission Areas: reducing imported energy, reducing energy-related emissions, and improving energy efficiency. The critical question for applicants to consider in assessing potential impact is: “If it works, will it matter?” In a FOA for a focused technology program, this question has already been answered by ARPA-E. If an applicant can demonstrate that the proposed technology can achieve the technical targets specified in the FOA for a focused program, the agency believes that the technology can have significant impact on the agency’s missions. In an OPEN FOA, the burden of demonstrating potential impact lies solely upon the applicant, who must make the strongest possible case for why the proposed technology will matter – that it has the potential to change our energy future.

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.

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Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Notice of Intent Deadline: 2/20/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/27/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001289: NETWORK OPTIMIZED DISTRIBUTED ENERGY SYSTEMS (NODES)

Through the Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) program, ARPA-E will fund the development of innovative and disruptive technologies for real-time management of transmission and distribution networks by system-wide control and coordination of flexible load and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to improve the overall efficiency and reliability of the U.S. electric grid and enable renewables penetration at the 50% level or greater. The objective is to reliably manage, locally or globally, dynamic changes in the grid by leveraging these additional grid resources’ capability to provide ancillary services to the electric grid at different time scales. This will facilitate greater grid resiliency, security, and flexibility, while having minimal impact on customer quality of service (QoS).

The expected system level benefits include net energy savings, reduction of CO2 emissions in power generation by directly offsetting load consumption by renewable energy production, and lowering required operating reserves. Additional savings are expected to be achieved by supporting higher penetration of Distributed Generation (DG) that is expected to reduce energy-delivery losses by delivering energy where it’s needed, and when it’s needed.

A list of potential teaming partners can be found here:https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/TeamingPartners - NODES

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.

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Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/20/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

RFI-0000013: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET). This FOA will solicit applications to pursue innovative research targeted at minimizing energy consumption in a surface transportation network through control mechanisms that utilize personalized signals directed at individual travelers. As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate the formation of new project teams that respond to the anticipated TRANSNET FOA. The FOA will provide specific program goals, technical metrics, and selection criteria and the FOA terms are controlling. For purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the FOA:

The overall objective of the TRANSNET program is to reduce energy use in a multi-modal, urban transportation network through network control mechanisms employing personalized signaling. Currently, ARPA-E anticipates that the FOA will target research and development of technologies that employ simulation and develop control architectures to generate energy saving through network optimization. This new approach, if successful, will have a significant impact on all three of ARPA-E’s mission areas: reduction of imports of energy from foreign sources, reduction of energy-related emissions, and improvement in energy efficiency.

Previously, ARPA-E held a Transportation Network Optimization Workshop. More information on the workshop can be found at http://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=arpa-e-events/transportation-network-optimization-workshop.

Expertise in the following technical areas may be useful in responding to the TRANSNET FOA:

·         Transportation data modeling & simulation

o   Intermodal traveler data collection, particularly via wireless technologies

o   Regional traffic flow simulation at micro-, meso-, and macro- scales

o   Measurement of energy use across modes, particularly with respect to occupancy

·         Mathematical control and optimization of networks

o   Reduced complexity models

o   Incomplete information

o   Bayes-Nash equilibria

·         Data analytics

o   Game theory

o   Complex systems

o   Computational sociology

o   Multi-agent systems

o   Evolutionary programming

·         Personalized signaling

o   Behavioral economics

o   Non-monetary incentives

o   Consumer decision making and choice frameworks

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. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting in October 2014. 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 October 2014, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.


Contact Information

  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    Please submit any comments or questions to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov. ARPA-E will not review or consider comments submitted by other means.

Teaming Partners

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

Submission Deadlines

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

RFI-0000014: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcements: Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAIC)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) entitled Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAIC). The objective of these FOAs is to develop high-performance concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) in a low-profile module similar to traditional non-concentrated “flat-plate” PV in order to provide low-cost solar electricity for the roof-top, commercial, and utility-scale markets. 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 MOSAIC FOAs. The FOAs will provide specific program goals, technical metrics, and selection criteria and the FOA terms are controlling. For purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the FOAs:

The MOSAIC program’s overall goal is to develop micro-scale CPV technologies that enable significant geographic and demographic expansion of solar electricity generation. A key motivation for the MOSAIC program, therefore, is to greatly accelerate efforts in the CPV community that seek to shrink cell, optics, tracking and module dimensions and apply the scalability of micro-systems approaches that have the potential to remove manufacturing, operational and market barriers to widespread commercial use.

Currently, ARPA-E anticipates that the FOAs will target research in: (1) Micro-tracking systems: approaches that have the form factor of a static rooftop flat panel Silicon, utilize optical concentration, but also contain embedded tracking; (2) Macro-tracking systems: approaches that utilize micro-system integration, achieve the form factor of rooftop flat panel silicon PV, but use conventional tracking methods as currently practiced, e.g., moving the entire panel on one or two axes; (3) Hybrid systems: approaches that specifically address the challenge of harvesting light in areas with a large percentage of diffuse light, such as found in regions of the Northern U.S.; and 4) novel manufacturing approaches for small and fragile CPV cells that are high-throughput, low-cost, and scalable.

In order to realize the goals of the MOSAIC program, ARPA‐E aims to bring together diverse engineering and scientific communities, including material scientists, electrical and packaging engineers, optical engineers, micro-scale manufacturing specialists, and researchers in polymers and opto-electronics to advance micro-scale PV to working prototypes and engage with stakeholders who can drive these devices toward market adoption.

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. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting in November 2014. 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 FOAs exist at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOAs, expected to be issued in November 2014, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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Teaming Partners

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

Submission Deadlines

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

RFI-0000016: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to develop transformational grid operation and control strategies that optimize the usage of flexible Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to improve the overall efficiency of the U.S. electric grid and enhance penetration of renewable energy resources. Specifically, NODES will develop innovative and disruptive technologies for real-time management of transmission and distribution networks by large-scale active load control and system-wide coordination of DERs. Of particular interest are cost effective control technologies that would more efficiently direct the flow of power on the grid, help stem energy losses, support higher renewables penetration, and enable the grid to be more responsive and resilient, while providing ancillary services to the electric grid at different time scales. The program will build on grid-wide sensing, communication and energy efficient building control advances made over the past decade to enable consumers and grid operators to adapt their operations for optimal efficiency and lower cost.

Currently, ARPA-E anticipates two primary areas of interest in the FOA: (1) Creating new functionality in grid-edge technology that will provide net-load automated frequency response capability needed to overcome frequency stability limitations at higher renewable energy penetration levels; and (2) Developing advanced net-load shaping strategies, which make adjustments to net-load over both short and long time horizons. Also of interest are additional technologies for active control of load and distributed energy resources, and. connecting the features of these additional technologies with the operating performance of the central station fleet to manage the variability of demand and generation on the system.

Previously, ARPA-E held a workshop on this topic. More information on the workshop can be found at http://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=arpa-e-events/grid-future-vertical-flat.

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

  • Power systems including: grid operations planning and optimization, demand-side management, management of distributed generation and storage, renewables integration, and distribution networks.
  • Control systems including: hierarchical control, networked control, de-centralized control, transactive energy control, direct control of utilities’ network-edge resources, and building management systems.
  • Networks and Embedded systems including: system architectures for critical energy infrastructures, embedded control systems, and real-time control systems.
  • Machine learning and data analytics including: management and analysis of large-data sets from various grid sensors and sources, load and distributed generation forecast, and model/data-driven identification and prediction of load behavioral patterns.

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. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting in December 2014. 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 January 2015, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Contact Information

  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    Please submit any comments or questions to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov. ARPA-E will not review or consider comments submitted by other means.

Teaming Partners

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

Submission Deadlines

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