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  RFI-0000036 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Machine Learning-Enhanced Energy-Product Development Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001428 INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN ENERGY-RELATED APPLIED SCIENCE (IDEAS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 9/30/2017 05:00 PM ET TBD
  RFI-0000035 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Control Co-Design of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001357 Generating Realistic Information for the Development of Distribution and Transmission Algorithms (GRID DATA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/20/2015 05:00 PM ET 10/19/2015 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 2/7/2020 09:30 AM 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-0001425 SINGLE-PANE HIGHLY INSULATING EFFICIENT LUCID DESIGNS (SHIELD) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 11/18/2015 05:00 PM ET 3/4/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002174 Generating Electricity Managed By Intelligent Nuclear Assets (GEMINA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 11/13/2019 09:30 AM ET 2/24/2020 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-0001429 SINGLE-PANE HIGHLY INSULATING EFFICIENT LUCID DESIGNS (SHIELD) (SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 11/18/2015 05:00 PM ET 3/4/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002220 Flexible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/23/2019 09:30 AM ET 4/14/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001979 BUILDING RELIABLE ELECTRONICS TO ACHIEVE KILOVOLT EFFECTIVE RATINGS SAFELY (BREAKERS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 11/13/2018 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001002 INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN ENERGY-RELATED APPLIED SCIENCE (IDEAS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 9/28/2015 05:00 PM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002221 Flexible Carbon Capture and Storage SBIR/STTR (FLECCS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/23/2019 09:30 AM ET 4/14/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002212 Breakthroughs Enabling Thermonuclear-fusion Energy (BETHE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/14/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002051 Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, With Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-Control (ATLANTIS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 3/18/2019 09:30 AM ET 6/28/2019 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001970 High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 9/12/2018 09:30 AM ET 12/11/2018 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001972 High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP) (SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 9/12/2018 09:30 AM ET 12/11/2018 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002115 Request for Information (RFI) on Intelligent Analytics, Algorithms, and Maintenance to Optimize Operations in Advanced Nuclear Reactors Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0002131 Request for Information (RFI) on Enabling Technologies for a Commercially Viable Fusion Power Plant Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0002134 Request for Information (RFI) on Energy Efficient Integrated Photonic Networking Technologies Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0002163 Request for Information (RFI): Energy-Efficient Technologies for Automated Vehicles (AVs) Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  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
  DE-FOA-0002170 Request for Information (RFI): Municipal Solid Waste Management and Materials Redeployment 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 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-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
  RFI-0000042 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: High efficiency, high power density energy storage and conversion systems Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000043 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: High power density electric motor systems Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000044 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000045 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Replacement Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR) Teaming Partner List
  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-0000046 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Joint FOA: GALVANIZING ADVANCES IN MARKET-ALIGNED FUSION FOR AN OVERABUNDANCE OF WATTS (GAMOW) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0002213 Request for Information (RFI): Biotechnologies to Ensure a Robust Mineral Supply Chain for Clean Energy Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0002307 Request for Information (RFI) on Next Generation Ammonia System Integration Project Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0002355 Request for Information (RFI) on Identifications and Quantification of Electronic Waste (e-waste) in Municipal Solid Waste Streams Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0002263 Request for Information (RFI) on Rapid Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR) Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0002142 Request for Information (RFI) on Next Generation of Marine and Riverine Hydrokinetic Energy Systems Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0002049 Request for Information (RFI) on Potential New Program for Control Co-Design (CCD) of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT) Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001978 Request for Information (RFI) on High-Efficiency Internal Combustion Engine Development Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001952 Support Grants for Participation in ARPA-E Grid Optimization (GO) Competition Challenge 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 9/7/2018 09:30 AM ET
  RFI-0000034 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Enabling a New Generation of High Performance and Durable Heat Exchangers for High Temperature and High Pressure Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001936 Request for Information (RFI) on Upgrading Carbon Derived From Methane Pyrolysis Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001906 DURATION ADDITION TO ELECTRICITY STORAGE (DAYS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/15/2018 05:00 PM ET 7/2/2018 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001858 OPEN 2018 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/16/2018 09:30 AM ET 7/2/2018 09:30 AM ET
  RFI-0000033 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: OPEN 2018 Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001798 MODELING-ENHANCED INNOVATIONS TRAILBLAZING NUCLEAR ENERGY REINVIGORATION (MEITNER) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/4/2017 05:00 PM ET 3/15/2018 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001797 Innovative Natural-Gas Technologies for Efficiency Gain in Reliable and Affordable Thermochemical Electricity-Generation (INTEGRATE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 9/11/2017 05:00 PM ET 12/18/2017 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000032 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Hybrid Systems for Ultra-High Efficiency Conversion of Natural Gas to Electricity Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000031 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: MEITNER Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001738 SAVING ENERGY NATIONWIDE IN STRUCTURES WITH OCCUPANCY RECOGNITION (SENSOR) (SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 3/17/2017 05:00 PM ET 8/21/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001737 SAVING ENERGY NATIONWIDE IN STRUCTURES WITH OCCUPANCY RECOGNITION (SENSOR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 3/17/2017 05:00 PM ET 8/21/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001727 CREATING INNOVATIVE AND RELIABLE CIRCUITS USING INVENTIVE TOPOLOGIES AND SEMICONDUCTORS (CIRCUITS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/21/2017 05:00 PM ET 5/1/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001736 CREATING INNOVATIVE AND RELIABLE CIRCUITS USING INVENTIVE TOPOLOGIES AND SEMICONDUCTORS (CIRCUITS) (SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/21/2017 05:00 PM ET 5/1/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001726 MACROALGAE RESEARCH INSPIRING NOVEL ENERGY RESOURCES (MARINER) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/14/2017 05:00 PM ET 5/15/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001714 FACSIMILE APPEARANCE TO CREATE ENERGY SAVINGS (FACES) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/17/2017 05:00 PM ET 4/24/2017 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000030 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000029 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Creating Innovative and Reliable Circuits Using Inventive Topologies and Semiconductors (CIRCUITS) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001695 Request for Information (RFI) on Understanding the Commercialization of Transformational Energy Technologies Through Private Capital Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001691 Power Nitride Doping Innovation Offers Devices Enabling SWITCHES (PNDIODES) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/4/2017 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000028 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: DIGITAL TRANSPORTATION Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001683 Request for Information (RFI) on Grid Optimization Competition Design Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  RFI-0000027 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: SCALABLE MACROALGAE CULTIVATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR FUELS AND CHEMICALS Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000026 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: POWER NITRIDE DOPING INNOVATION OFFERS DEVICES ENABLING SWITCHES (PNDIODES) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001607 Request for Information (RFI) on Lower Grade Waste Heat Recovery Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001609 Request for Information (RFI) on Novel Power Electronic Systems Enabled by Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001566 ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHT-WAVE INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGY ENABLING NETWORKS THAT ENHANCE DATACENTERS (ENLITENED) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/25/2016 05:00 PM ET 11/2/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001598 Request for Information (RFI) on Enabling Technologies for Ultra-Safe and Secure Modular Nuclear Energy Systems Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001563 RENEWABLE ENERGY TO FUELS THROUGH UTILIZATION OF ENERGY-DENSE LIQUIDS (REFUEL) - SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/1/2016 05:00 PM ET 9/8/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001562 RENEWABLE ENERGY TO FUELS THROUGH UTILIZATION OF ENERGY-DENSE LIQUIDS (REFUEL) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/1/2016 05:00 PM ET 9/8/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001565 RHIZOSPHERE OBSERVATIONS OPTIMIZING TERRESTRIAL SEQUESTRATION (ROOTS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/1/2016 05:00 PM ET 9/8/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001564 NEXT-GENERATION ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES FOR CONNECTED AND AUTOMATED ON-ROAD VEHICLES (NEXTCAR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/24/2016 05:00 PM ET 8/25/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001580 Request for Information (RFI) on Occupancy Sensors and Controls Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001478 INTEGRATION AND OPTIMIZATION OF NOVEL ION CONDUCTING SOLIDS (IONICS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 3/28/2016 05:00 PM ET 6/27/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001546 MONITOR FIELD TEST SITE PROGRAM Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/4/2016 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000023 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Energy-efficient Light-wave integrated Technology Enabling Networks that Enhance Datacenters (ENLITENED) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000022 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Energy Efficiency Optimization for Connected and Automated Vehicles Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000021 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for a potential Funding Opportunity Announcement: Renewable Electricity to Zero-Carbon Liquid Fuels for Transportation and Stationary Energy Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001473 Request for Information (RFI) on Energy Efficiency Optimization for Connected and Automated Vehicles Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  RFI-0000020 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: PLANT ROOT PHENOTYPING FOR SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000019 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: SOLID ION CONDUCTORS FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001423 Request for Information (RFI) on Independent Field Testing of Methane Emissions Detection Technologies Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001424 Request for Information (RFI) on Advanced Telepresence Technology Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001396 Request for Information (RFI) on Ion Conductors for Electrochemical Cells Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001380 GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) - SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 8/17/2015 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000018 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Single pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs (SHIELD) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000017 Generating Realistic Information for Development of Distribution And Transmission Algorithms (GRID DATA) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001289 NETWORK OPTIMIZED DISTRIBUTED ENERGY SYSTEMS (NODES) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 3/20/2015 05:00 PM ET 7/27/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001261 OPEN 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/20/2015 05:00 PM ET 2/27/2015 05:00 PM ET 6/29/2015 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000016 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000015 Notice of an Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: OPEN 2015 Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) TBD TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001255 MICRO-SCALE OPTIMIZED SOLAR-CELL ARRAYS WITH INTEGRATED CONCENTRATION (MOSAIC) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/22/2015 05:00 PM ET 5/7/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001256 MICRO-SCALE OPTIMIZED SOLAR-CELL ARRAYS WITH INTEGRATED CONCENTRATION (MOSAIC) (SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/22/2015 05:00 PM ET 5/7/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001199 Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/22/2014 05:00 PM ET 4/14/2015 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000014 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcements: Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAIC) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001198 GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/1/2014 05:00 PM ET 3/23/2015 05:00 PM ET
  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) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000012 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001211 TRANSPORTATION ENERGY RESOURCES FROM RENEWABLE AGRICULTURE (TERRA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 11/17/2014 05:00 PM ET 3/2/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001197 ADVANCED RESEARCH IN DRY-COOLING (ARID) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 11/10/2014 05:00 PM ET 2/13/2015 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000011 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000010 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Advanced Research In Dry-Cooling (ARID) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001184 ACCELERATING LOW-COST PLASMA HEATING AND ASSEMBLY (ALPHA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 10/14/2014 05:00 PM ET 2/2/2015 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000009 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Accelerating Low-cost Plasma Heating and Assembly (ALPHA) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001127 DELIVERING EFFICIENT LOCAL THERMAL AMENITIES (DELTA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/13/2014 05:00 PM ET 9/18/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001128 METHANE OBSERVATION NETWORKS WITH INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY TO OBTAIN REDUCTIONS (MONITOR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/13/2014 05:00 PM ET 9/25/2014 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000008 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000007 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for For Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement for: Local Thermal Management Systems To Reduce Building Energy Consumption Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0001078 NOTICE OF INTENT (NOI): To Issue a Restricted Eligibility Funding Opportunity Announcement for Collaborative Grid Testing, Research and Valuation and Testing of Advanced Energy Storage Systems Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001026 RELIABLE ELECTRICITY BASED ON ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEMS (REBELS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/8/2014 05:00 PM ET 4/14/2014 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000006 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Reliable Electricity Based on Electrochemical Systems (REBELS) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0000949 FULL-SPECTRUM OPTIMIZED CONVERSION AND UTILIZATION OF SUNLIGHT (FOCUS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 8/22/2013 05:00 PM ET 11/4/2013 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000005 ANNOUNCEMENT OF TEAMING PARTNER LIST FOR FULL-SPECTRUM OPTIMIZED CONVERSION AND UTILIZATION OF SUNLIGHT (FOCUS) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0000942 STRATEGIES FOR WIDE-BANDGAP, INEXPENSIVE TRANSISTORS FOR CONTROLLING HIGH EFFICIENCY SYSTEMS (SWITCHES) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/8/2013 05:00 PM ET 7/19/2013 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000941 STRATEGIES FOR WIDE-BANDGAP, INEXPENSIVE TRANSISTORS FOR CONTROLLING HIGH EFFICIENCY SYSTEMS (SWITCHES) (SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/8/2013 05:00 PM ET 7/19/2013 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000004 ANNOUNCEMENT OF TEAMING PARTNER LIST FOR WIDE BANDGAP POWER SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0000937 RFI Regarding Support for Crowdsourcing Vehicle Design Competitions Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0000938 RFI on Personal Thermal Management Systems to Reduce Building Energy Consumption Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  RFI-0000003 ENGINEERED HIGH ENERGY CROPS Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0000882 MODERN ELECTRO/THERMOCHEMICAL ADVANCES IN LIGHT-METAL SYSTEMS (METALS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/22/2013 05:00 PM ET 7/8/2013 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000881 REDUCING EMISSIONS USING METHANOTROPHIC ORGANISMS FOR TRANSPORTATION ENERGY (REMOTE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/22/2013 05:00 PM ET 7/8/2013 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000002 ANNOUNCEMENT OF TEAMING PARTNER LIST FOR MODERN ELECTRO/THERMOCHEMICAL ADVANCES IN LIGHT-METAL SYSTEMS (METALS) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000001 ANNOUNCEMENT OF TEAMING PARTNER LIST FOR BIO-CONVERSION OF METHANE-TO-LIQUIDS (REMOTE) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0000869 ROBUST AFFORDABLE NEXT GENERATION EV-STORAGE (RANGE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 3/21/2013 05:00 PM ET 6/6/2013 05:00 PM ET
  RFI-0000000 ANNOUNCEMENT OF TEAMING PARTNER LIST FOR ROBUST AFFORDABLE NEXT GENERATION EV STORAGE (RANGE) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0000752 NAVFAC-ARPA-E Restricted Eligibility Competition for Building Energy Efficiency Through Innovative Devices (BEETIT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 8/27/2012 05:00 PM ET 9/26/2012 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000674 Energy Storage SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/23/2012 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000675 Advanced Management and Protection of Energy-storage Devices (AMPED) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/23/2012 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000000 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Advanced Management and Protection of Energy-storage Devices (AMPED) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA0000663 Announcement and Request for Information on Draft Open Funding Opportunity Announcement (Open FOA) Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0000672 Methane Opportunities For Vehicular Energy (MOVE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 3/26/2012 05:00 PM ET 5/23/2012 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000673 Request for Information (RFI) for Advanced Technologies for Robust Control of Energy Storage Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0000671 Request for Information (RFI) on Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0000671 for Chemo/electro-autotrophic Synthesis of Liquid Fuels at Scale Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0000670 Open Funding Opportunity Announcement (OPEN FOA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/12/2012 05:00 PM ET 7/13/2012 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000475 Conferences, Outreach, and Networking For New Energy Communities and Technologies (CONNECT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/1/2011 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000474 Solar Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology (Solar ADEPT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/19/2011 05:00 PM ET 7/18/2011 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000473 Green Electricity Network Integration (GENI) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/19/2011 05:00 PM ET 7/18/2011 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000472 Rare Earth Alternatives in Critical Technologies for Energy (REACT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/19/2011 05:00 PM ET 7/18/2011 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000471 High Energy Advanced Thermal Storage (HEATS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/19/2011 05:00 PM ET 7/18/2011 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000470 Plants Engineered To Replace Oil (PETRO) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/19/2011 05:00 PM ET 7/18/2011 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000290 Grid-Scale Rampable Intermittent Dispatchable Storage (GRIDS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/3/2010 05:00 PM ET 5/24/2010 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000289 Building Energy Efficiency Through Innovative Thermodevices (BEETIT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/3/2010 05:00 PM ET 5/24/2010 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000288 Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology (ADEPT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/3/2010 05:00 PM ET 5/24/2010 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000208 Innovative Materials & Processes for Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies (IMPACCT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/15/2010 05:00 PM ET 3/15/2010 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000207 Batteries for Electrical Energy Storage in Transportation (BEEST) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/15/2010 05:00 PM ET 3/15/2010 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000206 Electrofuels Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/15/2010 05:00 PM ET 3/15/2010 05:00 PM ET

RFI-0000036: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Machine Learning-Enhanced Energy-Product Development

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that would seek to enhance the pace of energy innovation by accelerating the incorporation of machine learning into the engineering design processes for energy technologies and systems.

In order to organize the anticipated efforts, a simplified engineering design process framework has been adopted (Figure 1 - see attached document). Within the context of this framework, it is possible to conceptualize how machine learning tools would help engineers to execute and solve several general mathematical optimization problems, common to many (perhaps most) engineering design processes, in a manner that dramatically accelerates the pace of energy innovation.

The envisioned program would seek to enhance several aspects of the design process via machine-learning tools:

1) Hypothesis Generation Tools: 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. Many of the design problems at this stage of the process can be characterized as Mixed Integer Non-Linear Optimization problems;

2) Hypothesis Evaluation Tools: 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 concepts. Many of the design problems at this stage of the process can be characterized as Non-Linear Constrained Optimization problems; and

3) Inverse Design Tools: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.

ARPA-E envisions posing several challenge problems to motivate the development of enhanced design processes/tools. These challenge problems are in areas that ARPA-E feels to be of significant importance and for which it feels that adequate data either are available or can be generated during the program. Note: the intended FOA evaluation criteria are expected be principally focused on the potential impact that the proposed ML-enhanced design tools might have on future general engineering design processes through their potential to reduce design cost, time and risk and/or increase design performance, robustness and novelty.

Potential design challenge problems include the following:

· Hypothesis Generation (i.e. Conceptual Design)

  • Thermodynamic Cycles/Chemical Processes (e.g. Gas Separations)
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Materials/Molecules

· Hypothesis Evaluation (I.e. Detailed Design)

  • Fuel/Electrolyzer Cells
  • Gas Compressors
  • Solar Cells

· Inverse Design

  • Aerodynamic Surfaces
  • Optical Devices

ARPA-E envisions projects that seek to develop machine learning enhanced tools that facilitate the solution to one of the above challenge problems. It is also envisioned that, for any of the above categories, there will be an option for applicant teams to propose their own, alternative challenge problem so long as it is sufficiently justified (i. e. that it is both highly impactful and especially appropriate/ripe for enhancement via machine learning). It is expected that each proposal would explicitly identify a selected challenge problem, an anticipated ML-enhanced solution approach, a data[1] acquisition/generation strategy, the major development risks, and an anticipated path to market for the design tool / software to be developed. It is important to note that ARPA-E does not envision developing prototypes of physical systems through this FOA – the focus is on developing the ML-enhanced design tools only.

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

In order to realize the envisioned program goals, ARPA‐E aims to bring together diverse engineering and scientific communities. These communities include, but are not limited to machine learning, mathematics/optimization, computer science, software, and energy (e.g. mechanical, chemical, materials, or electrical) engineering.

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

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting January 15, 2019. 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 March 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

[1] In the interest of minimizing the cost of acquiring/generating training data, it is anticipated that the vast majority of the “data” used in the development of the desired tools will be generated with physics-based models.

Documents

  • Machine_Learning_Teaming_Partner_List_2019_01_15 (Last Updated: 1/15/2019 04:38 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

DE-FOA-0001428: INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN ENERGY-RELATED APPLIED SCIENCE (IDEAS)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology. IDEAS awards are intended to be flexible and may take the form of analyses or exploratory research that provides the agency with information useful for the subsequent development of focused technology programs. IDEAS awards may also support proof-of-concept research to develop a unique technology concept, either in an area not currently supported by the agency or as a potential enhancement to an ongoing focused technology program. Applications must propose concepts that are not covered by open ARPA-E focused FOAs and that also do not represent incremental improvements over existing technology.

IDEAS awards are defined as single-phase efforts of durations 12 months or less with a total project cost of $500,000 or less and will be issued through Grants.

This FOA is a continuation of the IDEAS Program initially announced in September 2013 and continued for a second year in September 2014. ARPA-E continues to view the IDEAS program as a success and therefore plans to extend this FOA on an annual basis, based on the availability of funds.

Documents

  • IDEAS - Concept Paper FOA - MOD 02 - 09.06.2016 (Last Updated: 9/6/2016 09:46 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • IDEAS - Concept Paper FOA - MOD 01 - 02.16.2016 (Last Updated: 2/16/2016 05:55 PM ET)
  • IDEAS FOA - Concept Paper - 10.06.2015 (Last Updated: 10/6/2015 12:00 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.

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Concept Paper

  • IDEAS Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 10/6/2015 01:04 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    Applicants may submit questions regarding ARPA-E eXCHANGE, ARPA-E’s online application portal, to ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov. ARPA-E will promptly respond to emails that raise legitimate, technical issues with ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    ARPA-E will refer any questions regarding the FOA to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 9/30/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

RFI-0000035: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Control Co-Design of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that would seek to develop new technical pathways for the design of economically competitive Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWTs). The program envisions leveraging the Control Co-Design (CCD) methodology, which brings together engineering disciplines to work concurrently, as opposed to sequentially, and considers dynamic control aspects from the beginning of the design. By analyzing the numerous dynamic sub-system interactions of the FOWTs, the CCD methodology can identify control solutions for optimal designs that are not achievable otherwise. Projects in this program are envisioned in three fundamental areas: (1) radically new FOWT designs with significantly lower mass/kW, (2) a new generation of computer tools to control co-design the FOWTs, and (3) real-data from full and lab-scale experiments to validate the FOWT designs and computer tools.

State of the art FOWT technology has achieved an average LCOE of approximately $0.15-0.18/kWh, which it is still too high in comparison to the current $0.03-0.05/kWh for land-based wind turbine technologies.[1] High capital expenditures (CAPEX) are the key driver of the LCOE of a FOWT. A significant portion of these CAPEX is the cost of the steel that existing floating platforms incorporate. Floating platforms are designed to be large and heavy in an effort to (a) imitate the onshore wind turbine dynamics, (b) keep the system as stable as possible and (c) maximize system survivability during events such as large sea storms. Internal ARPA-E analysis shows that the cost of steel accounts for between 50% and 70% of the overall CAPEX for existing FOWT designs. Consequently, this envisioned program seeks to support the design of radically new FOWTs that maximize the insufficient specific power per unit of mass (W/kg), while maintaining, or ideally increasing, the turbine generation efficiency.

The technologies that will be developed under this FOA could lead to substantial technical advancements in fields of significance to U.S. national interests. If successful, this program will create a pathway towards FOWTs that are economically competitive. This would open up access to an untapped and bountiful source of U.S. energy[2], and a vast associated supply chain market.

More details on the envisioned program can be found in a recently released RFI, which contains a draft of the technical section of the FOA and provides instructions for readers to provide feedback to ARPA-E. Additionally, in support of this RFI and draft technical section, ARPA-E plans to organize a one day “Industry Day” on January 15th, 2019. The primary purpose of the industry day will be to evaluate and strengthen the draft technical section prior to release of the FOA. Participants will lend their technical expertise to suggest any necessary refinements to the draft technical section.

In order to realize the envisioned program goals, ARPA‐E aims to bring together diverse engineering and scientific communities. These communities include, but are not limited to control and systems engineering, co-design, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, electrical and mechanical systems, power electronics, electrical generators, structural engineering, naval engineering, modeling, optimization, economics, multi-scale and multi-physics computer algorithms, parallel computing, distributed sensors, intelligent signal processing and actuator networks; as well as developers of offshore wind energy systems and electrical utilities.

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

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting December 03, 2018. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

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

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

This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued in February 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

[1] Stehly, T., Beiter, P., Heimiller, D., Scott, G. (2018). 2017 Cost of Wind Energy Review. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Technical Report NREL/TP-6A20-72167.

[2] Estimate that the gross offshore wind resource in the U.S is over 151 quads/yr (“gross potential”). This number is still as large as ~25 quads/yr even once losses and conservative assumptions about what would be feasible to recover given technical, legal, regulatory and social inhibiting factors are incorporated. Fifty-eight percent of this “technical potential” lies in waters deeper than 60 m, accounting for ~14 quads/yr, which exceeds the entire U.S. annual electricity consumption in 2017 (13 quads/yr).

Documents

  • Teaming_Partner_List_Control_Co-Design_(CCD)_of_Floating_Offshore_Wind_Turbines_(FOWT) (Last Updated: 12/3/2018 04:10 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

DE-FOA-0001357: Generating Realistic Information for the Development of Distribution and Transmission Algorithms (GRID DATA)

ARPA-E seeks to fund innovative ideas for the creation of large-scale, realistic power system models (transmission, distribution, and hybrid models that include both transmission and distribution), validated by real data, and relevant for the testing and evaluation of emerging power system optimization algorithms. The models created under this program must be releasable to the public with no restrictions. Power system network models (section D.1) will be accompanied by a large number of detailed scenarios that represent specific operating points. These scenarios should correspond to the characteristics of the grid today as well as future (i.e. scenarios that reflect different load characteristics or with substantial renewable generation). ARPA-E also seeks to fund the creation of a public power system model repository (section D.2). It is intended that the repository will become a long-term community resource existing well past ARPA-E’s initial investment. The models and repository created in this program may be used as the basis for an ARPA-E OPF algorithm competition.

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

Documents

  • GRID DATA FOA - Full Application - MOD 02 - 09.10.2015 (Last Updated: 9/10/2015 06:03 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • GRID DATA FOA - Concept Paper - MOD 01 - 07.13.2015 (Last Updated: 7/13/2015 04:28 PM ET)
  • GRID DATA FOA - Concept Paper - 06.10.2015 (Last Updated: 6/10/2015 05:47 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

  • GRID DATA - Concept Paper Template - MOD 01 - 07.13.2015 (Last Updated: 7/13/2015 04:36 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 9/10/2015 04:00 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook - Updated - 10.08.2015 (Last Updated: 10/8/2015 10:29 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification Guidance (Last Updated: 9/10/2015 04:01 PM ET)
  • GRID DATA Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 9/10/2015 05:59 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 9/10/2015 04:01 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 9/10/2015 04:01 PM ET)
  • GRID DATA Summary Slide Template - Internal (Last Updated: 9/10/2015 05:55 PM ET)
  • GRID DATA Summary Slide Template - For Public Release (Last Updated: 9/10/2015 05:57 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 9/10/2015 06:01 PM ET)
  • GRID DATA Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 9/10/2015 05:54 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: 7/20/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 10/19/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 11/23/2015 5:00 PM ET – 12/1/2015 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 FOA Mod 03 (Last Updated: 1/8/2020 12:36 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • PERFORM CP FOA (Last Updated: 9/19/2019 11:55 AM ET)
  • PERFORM CP FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 10/22/2019 03:57 PM ET)
  • PERFORM FOA Mod 02 (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 02:32 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

  • PERFORM - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 9/19/2019 11:55 AM ET)

Full Application

  • PERFORM - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:23 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:07 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:05 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:05 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:08 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:07 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:06 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:06 PM ET)
  • Commercialization Plan Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 02:36 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:08 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: 10/28/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/7/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 3/19/2020 5:00 PM ET – 3/24/2020 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.

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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 Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/7/2019 5:00 PM ET – 10/10/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001425: SINGLE-PANE HIGHLY INSULATING EFFICIENT LUCID DESIGNS (SHIELD)

Building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) accounted for 14.0% of primary energy consumption in the United States in 2013, or 13.6 quadrillion British thermal units (“quads”) per year. In addition to the season and weather in various U.S. regions, this consumption is determined by the heating and cooling facilities in the buildings, by the thermostat settings and other choices of building managers and occupants, and finally by the building envelopes. Windows are essential and costly elements of building envelopes, and the heat that flows out through windows in cold weather across the U.S. consumes about 3.9 quads of primary energy. The ARPA-E Single-pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs (SHIELD) program seeks to reduce this consumption by funding the development of energy-efficient and cost-effective retrofits for the substantial remaining stock of single-pane windows in the U.S. ARPA-E analysis indicates that a fully successful single-pane retrofit campaign will reduce total building energy consumption by 1.2 quads, or 1.3% of domestic energy use. As envisioned in this SHIELD program, it will also address the water condensation and occupant discomfort that are associated with single-pane windows in cool climates.

Documents

  • SHIELD - Full Application FOA - MOD 02 - 04.07.2016 (Last Updated: 4/7/2016 04:29 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SHIELD FOA - Concept Paper - 10.06.2015 (Last Updated: 10/6/2015 01:25 PM ET)
  • SHIELD FOA - Full Application - MOD 01 - 01.21.2016 (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 05:39 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.

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Concept Paper

  • SHIELD Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 10/6/2015 01:33 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF- 424 (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 05:48 PM ET)
  • SHIELD - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 05:42 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A - Workbook (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 05:43 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 05:43 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 05:45 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 05:45 PM ET)
  • SHIELD - Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 05:42 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 05:46 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewers Comments Template (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 06:27 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: 11/18/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/4/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 4/15/2016 5:00 PM ET – 4/19/2016 5:00 PM ET

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 - DE-FOA-0002174 - FA FOA Mod 1 (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:05 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • 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)

Full Application

  • GEMINA - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 2/7/2020 03:50 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:30 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:36 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook 5 Year / SF-424A (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:37 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:41 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:42 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:42 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:43 PM ET)
  • Commercialization Plan Template (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:43 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:45 PM ET)
  • Attachment 2 (Intellectual Property)-Large Businesses- No-Waiver (For Future Reference Only) (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:47 PM ET)

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  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 11/13/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/24/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 4/3/2020 5:00 PM ET – 4/8/2020 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)

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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)

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  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/20/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/26/2019 5:00 PM ET
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DE-FOA-0001429: SINGLE-PANE HIGHLY INSULATING EFFICIENT LUCID DESIGNS (SHIELD) (SBIR/STTR)

Building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) accounted for 14.0% of primary energy consumption in the United States in 2013, or 13.6 quadrillion British thermal units (“quads”) per year. In addition to the season and weather in various U.S. regions, this consumption is determined by the heating and cooling facilities in the buildings, by the thermostat settings and other choices of building managers and occupants, and finally by the building envelopes. Windows are essential and costly elements of building envelopes, and the heat that flows out through windows in cold weather across the U.S. consumes about 3.9 quads of primary energy. The ARPA-E Single-pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs (SHIELD) program seeks to reduce this consumption by funding the development of energy-efficient and cost-effective retrofits for the substantial remaining stock of single-pane windows in the U.S. ARPA-E analysis indicates that a fully successful single-pane retrofit campaign will reduce total building energy consumption by 1.2 quads, or 1.3% of domestic energy use. As envisioned in this SHIELD program, it will also address the water condensation and occupant discomfort that are associated with single-pane windows in cool climates.

Documents

  • SHIELD (SBIR/STTR) - Full Application FOA - MOD 02 - 04.07.2016 (Last Updated: 4/7/2016 04:31 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SHIELD SBIR/STTR FOA - Concept Paper - 10.06.2015 (Last Updated: 10/6/2015 01:43 PM ET)
  • SHIELD SBIR/STTR FOA - Full Application - MOD 01 - 01.21.2016 (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 06:02 PM ET)

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Concept Paper

  • SHIELD SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 10/6/2015 01:45 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 06:19 PM ET)
  • SHIELD SBIR/STTR - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 06:10 PM ET)
  • SBIR/STTR Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 06:20 PM ET)
  • SBIR/STTR - Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 06:21 PM ET)
  • SHIELD SBIR/STTR - Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 06:11 PM ET)
  • SHIELD SBIR/STTR - Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 06:11 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 06:24 PM ET)
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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 11/18/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/4/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 4/15/2016 5:00 PM ET – 4/19/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002220: Flexible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS)

The objective of the FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program is to fund the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies that enable power generators to be responsive to grid conditions in a high variable renewable energy (VRE) penetration environment. This includes retrofits to existing power generators as well as greenfield systems with a carbon-containing fuel input and electricity as an output (i.e., a "black box" in which the nature of the fuel-to-electricity conversion process is not prescribed).

The value of such CCS technologies will be evaluated by their impact on the system LCOE of a net-zero carbon electricity grid, as determined by capacity expansion modeling. ARPA-E does not expect every CCS technology itself to be a net-zero carbon process; instead the cost and performance of each project selected under this FOA will be evaluated in the context of a net-zero carbon system which may include negative emission assets. Recent work suggests that a system LCOE of $75/MWh for a net-zero carbon electricity system is aggressive yet possible.

Documents

  • FLECCS DE-FOA-0002220 Mod 3 (Last Updated: 3/20/2020 03:10 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • FLECCS DE-FOA-0002220 (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:08 AM ET)
  • FLECCS DE-FOA-0002220 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 12/6/2019 02:22 PM ET)
  • FLECCS DE-FOA-0002220 Mod 2. (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 11:20 AM ET)

Required Application Documents

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Concept Paper

  • FLECCS - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:09 AM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Full Applications (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:06 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:07 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:09 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Workbook_5_Year (Last Updated: 4/9/2020 02:36 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:18 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:18 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:19 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:19 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:19 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:23 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 12/23/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/14/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/28/2020 5:00 PM ET – 6/3/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001979: BUILDING RELIABLE ELECTRONICS TO ACHIEVE KILOVOLT EFFECTIVE RATINGS SAFELY (BREAKERS)

Alternating current (AC) electric power has dominated the transmission and distribution system in the U.S for over a century. However, direct current (DC) electric power offers several benefits over AC, reducing system power losses due to improved electrical conductivity utilizing fewer power cables with higher power carrying capacity. In addition, wind and solar PV generators, energy storage, electric transportation, and consumer devices all utilize DC power. Because of this evolving power landscape, estimates show that DC loads currently make up over 50% of total electricity consumption in the United States.

Recent advances in semiconductor-based power electronics (e.g., Wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors), Voltage Source Converters (VSCs), DC to DC Converters, and Gas Discharge Tubes, have created an opportunity for greater utilization of DC in distribution and transmission. However, safety and protection mechanisms required to mitigate potentially damaging faults, especially at the medium voltage DC (MVDC) level, represent a significant technology gap. This program seeks to support the advancement of MVDC circuit breaker technologies with a focus on system level integration by overcoming major adoption barriers. Transition from AC to DC will support growth in renewable energy, transportation electrification, and distributed energy resources (DERs) as well as mature industries such as subsea oil and gas exploration.

Documents

  • BREAKERS FOA Document - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 10/11/2018 03:13 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • BREAKERS FOA Document (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:01 AM ET)
  • BREAKERS FOA Document - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 9/26/2018 03:50 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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Full Application

  • BREAKERS - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:20 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:21 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:23 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:24 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:26 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:27 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:28 AM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:31 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:32 AM ET)
  • US Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 10/12/2018 11:16 AM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/13/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 12/14/2018 5:00 PM ET – 12/19/2018 5:00 PM ET

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

***The Concept Paper deadline for DE-FOA-0001002 was on 9/28/2015. All Concept Papers submitted to this FOA prior to the deadline and all Full Applications submitted under this FOA will be reviewed, however ARPA-E expects a prolonged review period due to the large volume of applications received. If you wish to submit a new IDEAS Concept Paper to ARPA-E, you must submit through DE-FOA-0001428.***

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.


Documents

  • IDEAS FOA - Concept Papers - Mod 003 - 09.08.2014 (Last Updated: 9/8/2014 11:37 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • IDEAS FOA - Concept Papers - MOD 002 - 08.28.2014 (Last Updated: 8/28/2014 04:29 PM ET)
  • 20131204_IDEAS_FOA_-_Concept_Papers_Mod_001 (Last Updated: 12/5/2013 01:47 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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Concept Paper

  • Concept_Paper_Template (Last Updated: 9/27/2013 03:45 PM ET)

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-0002221: Flexible Carbon Capture and Storage SBIR/STTR (FLECCS)

The objective of the FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program is to fund the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies that enable power generators to be responsive to grid conditions in a high variable renewable energy (VRE) penetration environment. This includes retrofits to existing power generators as well as greenfield systems with a carbon-containing fuel input and electricity as an output (i.e., a "black box" in which the nature of the fuel-to-electricity conversion process is not prescribed).

The value of such CCS technologies will be evaluated by their impact on the system LCOE of a net-zero carbon electricity grid, as determined by capacity expansion modeling. ARPA-E does not expect every CCS technology itself to be a net-zero carbon process; instead the cost and performance of each project selected under this FOA will be evaluated in the context of a net-zero carbon system which may include negative emission assets. Recent work suggests that a system LCOE of $75/MWh for a net-zero carbon electricity system is aggressive yet possible.

Documents

  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002221 Mod. 03 (Last Updated: 3/20/2020 03:14 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002221 (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:12 AM ET)
  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002221 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 12/6/2019 02:20 PM ET)
  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002221 Mod. 2 (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:39 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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Concept Paper

  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:11 AM ET)

Full Application

  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:42 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:43 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 2/21/2020 03:29 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification - SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:44 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:45 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - SBIR-STTR Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:46 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:46 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:46 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:53 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:53 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:53 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 12/23/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/14/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/28/2020 5:00 PM ET – 6/3/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002212: Breakthroughs Enabling Thermonuclear-fusion Energy (BETHE)

ARPA-E aims to support the development of timely, commercially viable fusion energy.[1] Based on numerous studies examining the cost challenges facing advanced nuclear energy,[2] which shares some attributes with fusion such as unit size, capital cost, and power-generation characteristics, ARPA-E believes that a commercial fusion power plant should target an overnight capital cost (OCC) of <US$2B and <$5/W.[3] If a grid-ready fusion demonstration can be realized within approximately twenty years while satisfying these cost metrics, then, as a firm low-carbon energy source, fusion can contribute to meeting global, growing low-carbon energy demand and cost-effective deep decarbonization[4] in the latter half of the century.

This program addresses the need to lower the costs of development and eventual deployment of commercial fusion energy by supporting R&D to increase the performance and number of credible, lower-cost fusion concepts. Full Applications are invited in the three research categories[5] described in Section I.D of the FOA. Criteria and metrics are described in Section I.E of the FOA. The technology-to-market (T2M) component of this program, via a number of planned activities at the project and program levels, aims to build and smooth the path to fusion commercialization to include public, private, and philanthropic partnerships.


[1] See agenda and posted materials from ARPA-E fusion workshop, Burlingame, CA, Aug. 13–14, 2019.

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

[3] Assuming 10th-of-a-kind for the fusion-specific systems and nth-of-a-kind for the balance of plant.

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

[5] At the recent ARPA-E fusion workshop (see footnote 2), a potential program covering both “lower-cost fusion concept development” and “fusion enabling technologies” was discussed (for the latter, see also ARPA-E Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0002131, released May 6, 2019). Please note that this program, BETHE, covers the former but only a subset of the latter, as described in detail in Section I.D of the FOA. ARPA-E recognizes that serious development of fusion enabling technologies must be initiated as soon as possible to meet the objective of a grid-ready fusion demonstration in 20 years, and is exploring a potential, separate program focused on that topic.

Documents

  • BETHE FA FOA (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:16 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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Full Application

  • BETHE - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:51 PM ET)
  • Costing Spreadsheet - Category A only (except those specifically exempt) (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:51 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:49 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:53 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:54 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:56 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:57 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:58 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:58 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 1/7/2020 01:33 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 07:00 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/14/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 2/24/2020 5:00 PM ET – 2/28/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002051: Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, With Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-Control (ATLANTIS)

The ATLANTIS Program seeks to develop new technical pathways for the design of economically competitive Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT). The program urges the application of Control Co-Design (CCD) methodologies that (1) bring together engineering disciplines to work concurrently, as opposed to sequentially, and (2) consider control-engineering principles from the start of the design process. By analyzing the numerous sub-system dynamic interactions that comprise the FOWTs, CCD methodologies can propose control solutions that enable optimal FOWT designs that are not achievable otherwise. Design optimization is defined here as the maximization of the specific swept-rotor-area per unit of total-mass (m2/kg) of the FOWT for a given power generation efficiency. The program offers a new Metric Space that quantifies this specific area per unit of mass and the air-to-electron power generation efficiency of the FOWT, and guides the research to navigate across LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) Pareto-optimal fronts. Projects in this program will cover three fundamental areas: (1) radically new FOWT designs with significantly lower mass/area, (2) a new generation of computer tools to facilitate control co-design of the FOWTs, and (3) generation of real-data from full and lab-scale experiments to validate the FOWT designs and computer tools. The program structure includes these three fundamental areas in two phases. Phase I, described by this document, is expected to cover the first two years with an anticipated $28M in funded projects. Based on the results achieved in this first phase, a second phase, subject to the availability of appropriated funds, is tentatively planned to be announced for another two years, with additional funds to continue the research in the three fundamental areas and with more emphasis on experimental testing. See Section II.B (Renewal Awards) of the FOA for further information applicable to Phase II funding.

Documents

  • ATLANTIS - FA FOA Mod 2 (Last Updated: 6/26/2019 02:03 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • ATLANTIS DE-FOA-0002051 CP FOA (Last Updated: 1/31/2019 02:49 PM ET)
  • ATLANTIS - FA FOA Mod 1 (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 11:47 AM ET)

Required Application Documents

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Concept Paper

  • ATLANTIS Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 1/31/2019 10:29 AM ET)
  • ATLANTIS Metric Space Workbook (Last Updated: 1/31/2019 10:29 AM ET)

Full Application

  • ATLANTIS - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 11:14 AM ET)
  • ATLANTIS - Metric Space Workbook (Area 1 Only) (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 12:36 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 11:23 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 11:15 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 11:15 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 11:24 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 11:25 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 11:16 AM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 11:16 AM ET)
  • US Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 11:23 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 11:22 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: 3/18/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/28/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/6/2019 5:00 PM ET – 8/12/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001970: High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP)

The HITEMMP (High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes) program will develop novel approaches and technologies for design topologies, materials, and manufacturing of high temperature, high pressure, and highly compact heat exchangers. These heat exchangers will enable efficient and power dense power generation cycles for applications in transportation, electricity generation, and industrial sectors. If successful, the materials and manufacturing advances from the HITEMMP program may also yield broader benefits in other operating regimes, and in applications beyond heat exchangers and power cycles.

The HITEMMP program targets heat exchangers to operate in environments where temperatures and pressures are simultaneously in excess of 800°C and 80 bar, with operating lifetimes of tens of thousands of hours. These heat exchangers must offer superior thermal performance and low pumping power requirements, and must also be cost competitive and durable (per metrics prescribed in Section I.D of the FOA). These performance goals are beyond the capability of any existing technologies, but ARPA-E believes that recent advances in materials, topological design methodologies, and manufacturing technologies can be leveraged to realize the desired extreme-environment heat exchanger capability. Specific developments include:

  • The identification and development of materials capable of withstanding extreme temperature and pressure conditions while featuring attractive thermo-mechanical and manufacturability properties;
  • Advances in additive and/or subtractive manufacturing techniques to enable the cost-effective realization of small structural feature sizes, smooth surface finishes, and other enabling heat exchanger characteristics; and
  • The refinement and application of advanced design methodologies to leverage new material capabilities while incorporating manufacturing constraints.

ARPA-E has issued this FOA to encourage the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to work to overcome the materials, design, and manufacturing technology barriers that have thus far prevented the realization of catalyzing the development of the desired extreme environment heat exchanger capability. ARPA-E has identified two categories of recuperator-type heat exchangers (> 800°C and > 1100°C, corresponding to metallic and to ceramic/composite materials sets, respectively) as challenge problems.

Each category has performance metrics, as described in Section I.D of this FOA. Applicants are expected to select one of the two categories. In each category, ARPA-E anticipates that teams will initially execute an analytical/computational design effort, will reduce key risks through small-scale heat exchanger module experiments, and will demonstrate a heat exchanger with the desired performance and durability at 50 kW thermal (kWth) scale.

Documents

  • HITEMMP - Full Application FOA - Mod 01 (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 04:25 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • HITEMMP - Concept Paper FOA (Last Updated: 8/9/2018 10:05 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

  • HITEMMP - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 8/9/2018 10:10 AM ET)

Full Application

  • HITEMMP - - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 11/16/2018 09:40 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:08 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:09 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:09 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:09 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:10 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:10 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:10 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:32 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:11 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: 9/12/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/11/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 1/28/2019 5:00 PM ET – 2/1/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001972: High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP) (SBIR/STTR)

The HITEMMP (High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes) program will develop novel approaches and technologies for design topologies, materials, and manufacturing of high temperature, high pressure, and highly compact heat exchangers. These heat exchangers will enable efficient and power dense power generation cycles for applications in transportation, electricity generation, and industrial sectors. If successful, the materials and manufacturing advances from the HITEMMP program may also yield broader benefits in other operating regimes, and in applications beyond heat exchangers and power cycles.

The HITEMMP program targets heat exchangers to operate in environments where temperatures and pressures are simultaneously in excess of 800°C and 80 bar, with operating lifetimes of tens of thousands of hours. These heat exchangers must offer superior thermal performance and low pumping power requirements, and must also be cost competitive and durable (per metrics prescribed in Section I.D of the FOA). These performance goals are beyond the capability of any existing technologies, but ARPA-E believes that recent advances in materials, topological design methodologies, and manufacturing technologies can be leveraged to realize the desired extreme-environment heat exchanger capability. Specific developments include:

  • The identification and development of materials capable of withstanding extreme temperature and pressure conditions while featuring attractive thermo-mechanical and manufacturability properties;
  • Advances in additive and/or subtractive manufacturing techniques to enable the cost-effective realization of small structural feature sizes, smooth surface finishes, and other enabling heat exchanger characteristics; and
  • The refinement and application of advanced design methodologies to leverage new material capabilities while incorporating manufacturing constraints.

ARPA-E has issued this FOA to encourage the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to work to overcome the materials, design, and manufacturing technology barriers that have thus far prevented the realization of catalyzing the development of the desired extreme environment heat exchanger capability. ARPA-E has identified two categories of recuperator-type heat exchangers (> 800°C and > 1100°C, corresponding to metallic and to ceramic/composite materials sets, respectively) as challenge problems.

Each category has performance metrics, as described in Section I.D of this FOA. Applicants are expected to select one of the two categories. In each category, ARPA-E anticipates that teams will initially execute an analytical/computational design effort, will reduce key risks through small-scale heat exchanger module experiments, and will demonstrate a heat exchanger with the desired performance and durability at 50 kW thermal (kWth) scale.

Documents

  • HITEMMP SBIR/STTR - Full Application FOA - Mod 01 (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 04:27 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • HITEMMP SBIR/STTR - Concept Paper FOA (Last Updated: 8/9/2018 10:22 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

  • HITEMMP SBIR - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 8/9/2018 10:22 AM ET)

Full Application

  • HITEMMP SBIR/STTR - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:37 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:37 PM ET)
  • HITEMMP SBIR/STTR - Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:38 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:38 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:38 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:39 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:39 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:41 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:48 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:41 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:42 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: 9/12/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/11/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 1/28/2019 5:00 PM ET – 2/1/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002115: Request for Information (RFI) on Intelligent Analytics, Algorithms, and Maintenance to Optimize Operations in Advanced Nuclear Reactors

Introduction:

ARPA-E is seeking information from diverse industries about technologies that could enable advanced nuclear reactors[1] to achieve operating cost profiles that approximate those of natural gas combined cycle plants. This entails reducing operating costs per megawatt of electricity (MWe) at nuclear power plants by more than one order of magnitude.

Attaining this vision requires semi-autonomous nuclear power plant operations, a radical departure from traditional nuclear power plant operations. Because autonomy is so unconventional for the nuclear sector, attacking the problem requires operational technologies and controls strategies that have limited or no technical precedent in the nuclear community. For this reason, ARPA-E is especially interested in perspectives from outside the traditional nuclear energy space.

Today’s nuclear plants are mostly conventional light water reactors (LWRs).[2] Their continued viability in the U.S. electricity mix is challenged in part by high operational and maintenance (O&M) costs compared to other electricity generation types.[3] The higher costs stem largely from the high staffing level required for nuclear power plant operation, maintenance, safety, and security. Advanced nuclear reactor systems that are anticipated to comprise the next generation of new reactor builds are likely to face costs that are similar to LWRs, should they not pursue new approaches to O&M. High O&M costs might be especially burdensome for small modular reactors (SMRs) and microreactors, which do not have the benefit of economy of scale. Much greater focus on achieving a radical reduction of O&M costs will likely prove necessary to assure the competitiveness of advanced nuclear systems.

Therefore, approaches in predictive maintenance, autonomous maintenance, fault detection and isolation algorithms, novel sensor systems, data analytics, dynamics modeling, and advanced control systems are of interest. Also of interest are advanced modeling and simulators that allow exploration of a full range of potential data streams, and can help identify/evaluate the most relevant control algorithms and sensor needs. Finally, test loops and experimental facilities that can be leveraged to investigate and validate approaches for autonomous controls, operations, and maintenance are of interest.

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 April 25th, 2019.


Documents

  • RFI on Intelligent Analytics, Algorithms, and Maintenance to Optimize Operations in Advanced Nuclear Reactors (Last Updated: 3/26/2019 05:20 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0002131: Request for Information (RFI) on Enabling Technologies for a Commercially Viable Fusion Power Plant

ARPA-E is seeking information from diverse R&D communities, from both within and especially outside the fusion R&D community, about technological solutions and innovations that can enable commercially viable fusion power plants. While it is impossible to predict precisely what is needed for fusion to be commercially viable over the next few decades, fusion’s market entry may require that both the nameplate generation capacity and total construction cost be well below the assumed 1-GWe and >$5B (2019 dollars) scales described in prior fusion-power-plant studies.[1] As discussed further below, this RFI focuses specifically on the enabling technologies for potential fusion power plants at reduced nameplate capacity and cost. ARPA-E is particularly interested in transformational R&D opportunities that are not already being pursued by or included in the roadmaps of ongoing DOE fusion programs.

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 5th, 2019. 



[1] See, e.g., F. Najmabadi et al., Fus. Eng. Des. 38, 3 (1997); F. Najmabadi et al., ibid 80, 3 (2006).

Documents

  • RFI: Enabling Technologies for a Commercially Viable Fusion Power Plant (Last Updated: 5/6/2019 09:09 AM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0002134: Request for Information (RFI) on Energy Efficient Integrated Photonic Networking Technologies

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) of the United States Department of Energy is seeking information concerning the current state of development of energy efficient photonic technologies for communication networks within datacenter and high-performance computing (HPC) systems. ARPA-E is interested in technologies which have the potential to enable a transformative improvement in performance and efficiency of datacenter and HPC systems as compared to the state of the art. Specifically, ARPA-E is interested in learning of technologies that can meet the technical metrics originally outlined in the ENLITENED FOA DE-FOA-0001566, but that are not currently funded under the portfolio of projects in the ARPA-E ENLITENED program.

ARPA-E is seeking information on technologies at an advanced level of development, albeit prior to commercialization and full-scale production. ARPA-E is not interested in early stage technologies which are unproven or not yet reduced to practice in the form of an operational device/component/subsystem. Depending on the responses to this RFI, ARPA-E may consider the rapid initiation of a competition that would result in one or more funded collaborative research projects to advance the state of the art in integrated photonic networking technologies.

Please carefully review the REQUEST FOR INFORMATION 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 14, 2019.

Documents

  • RFI on Energy Efficient Integrated Photonic Networking Technologies (Last Updated: 5/15/2019 04:56 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0002163: Request for Information (RFI): Energy-Efficient Technologies for Automated Vehicles (AVs)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) of the US Department of Energy is seeking information concerning the current state and future development of automotive technologies that can improve the energy efficiency of fully automated vehicles (AVs).

The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E’s consideration to inform the possible formulation of future research, development, and commercialization programs intended to reduce the energy burden of future automotive transportation, specifically with regard to the deployment of high-efficiency AVs. ARPA-E will not provide funding or compensation for any information submitted in response to this RFI, and ARPA-E may use information submitted to this RFI on a non-attribution basis. This RFI provides the broader research and development community with an opportunity to contribute information, views and opinions regarding the state of the art and the future development of highly energy-efficient vehicle technologies for L4-L5 AVs. Based on the input provided in response to this RFI and other considerations, ARPA-E may decide to issue a FOA. If a FOA is published, it will be issued under a new FOA number. No FOA exists at this time. ARPA-E reserves the right to not issue a FOA in this area.


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 e-mail address ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on September 16, 2019.

Documents

  • Request for Information (RFI): Energy-Efficient Technologies for Automated Vehicles (AVs) (Last Updated: 8/9/2019 02:21 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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

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.

Documents

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

DE-FOA-0002170: Request for Information (RFI): Municipal Solid Waste Management and Materials Redeployment

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) in the US Department of Energy is seeking novel ideas and information concerning:

a) Waste-To-Materials and Energy (WTM&E) technologies to produce materials (such as cementitious ashes, metals, and critical materials like rare earth elements and precious metals), heat, and power from either unsorted or autonomously classified Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in Waste-to-energy (WTE) plants

b) Waste-To-Crude Fuels (WTCF) technologies to produce a refinery blend stock and/or marine-grade bunker fuel oil from mixed plastic/paper streams

c) Waste-To-Carbon (WTC) technologies such as enhanced/catalyzed hydrothermal carbonization of unsorted MSW and/or Municipal wastewater (MWW e.g., sewage) to produce carbon/char-like products

Critically, ARPA-E is interested in technologies that would lead to economically viable processes and/or value-add products (e.g., cementitious or pozzolanic precursors, refinery blend stocks, char and tire-fillers). ARPA-E seeks input from technical experts, researchers, and end-users of MSW technologies (such as power plants, factories, utilities, manufacturers), waste-to-energy operators, engineering disciplines (chemical/process, mechanical, environmental, electrical), material scientists (concrete scientists/chemists), computer and robotic scientists, social sciences, and related disciplines. Consistent with the agency’s mission, ARPA-E is seeking clearly disruptive, novel technologies early in the R&D cycle, and novel integration strategies for existing technologies.

Please carefully review the REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES below and note in particular: 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. Respondents shall not include any information in their response to this RFI that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

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 October 8th 2019. ARPA-E will not review or consider comments submitted by other means.

Documents

  • RFI: Municipal Solid Waste Management and Materials Redeployment (Last Updated: 9/10/2019 02:06 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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

Documents

  • PERFORM Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 8/9/2019 03:07 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

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-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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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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RFI-0000042: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: High efficiency, high power density energy storage and conversion systems

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in December, 2019 to support the development of novel energy conversion technologies with extremely high power density and conversion efficiency. The envisioned FOA represents part of a wider ARPA-E effort in developing high efficiency and power density systems that could enable electrified, low- or zero-emissions, long-range aviation. There is a separate and complementary announcement targeting high power density, efficient electric motors and power electronics (see link for separate teaming partner list for that program). The overarching goal of the set of proposed programs is to reduce emissions from and increase the efficiency of commercial aviation by developing cost competitive systems for the efficient conversion of the chemical energy of carbon neutral liquid fuels (CNLFs) to delivered electric energy, which is further converted to thrust using power electronics, electric motors and propulsors—the former being the specific focus of this thrust.

Current battery energy storage options for electric aviation technologies are expensive, have low energy density and can only support the power and energy requirements for short range, few passenger aircrafts. The proposed program approach of combining a relatively small high power density energy storage device to provide power for takeoff/climb with a high efficiency CNLFs conversion engine(s) (e.g., different types of fuel cells, advanced combustion engine such as gas turbines, reciprocating internal combustion engines, etc.) to provide cruise power. Charging the battery during the flight at the peak efficiency will further enable long distance all-electric, net zero carbon aviation. To achieve the intended goal, new cost- effective and energy-efficient technologies for conversion of sustainable fuels to electric power must be developed and successfully hybridized with commercial high power energy storage devices while running on a commercially viable, technically feasible CNLF (e.g. bio fuels, ethanol, etc.); this could enable long range zero-carbon aviation for a narrow-body aircraft, such as the Boeing 737 family, at analogous missions, while ensuring commercial viability. This program will likely operate at the intersection of electrochemistry, catalysis, engine development, advanced combustion, materials development, chemical engineering, computational modeling and device integration. ARPA–E held a related workshop on fuel cell and engine hybridization technologies for ground transportation in December 2017; information on this workshop can be found at the webpage: https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/high-efficiency-hybrid-vehicles.

Currently, ARPA–E anticipates that this program will have two major focus areas:

1. Hybrid energy storage and conversion system based on fuel cells

2. Hybrid energy storage and conversion system based on advanced combustion engines

In order to realize the goals of this program, expertise in the following areas may be useful: (i) fuel cells and electrocatalysis, (ii) heterogeneous catalysis, (iii) gas turbine and/or reciprocating internal engine combustion operating with alternative fuels, (iv) chemical engineering with emphasis on catalytic reactor design, (v) electrochemical cell and stack design and manufacturing, (vi) material chemistry including ion-conducting, sealing and multi-functional materials, (vii) process engineering, (viii) batteries and supercapacitors, (ix) system integration and scale up, etc.

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, October 25, 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 December 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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RFI-0000043: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: High power density electric motor systems

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in December, 2019 to support the development of novel high power density and efficiency electric motors and power electronics (electric powertrains). The envisioned FOA represents part of a wider ARPA-E effort in developing high efficiency and power density systems that could enable electrified, low- or zero-emissions, long-range aviation. There is a separate and complementary announcement targeting high power density, energy storage and conversion to power system (see link for separate teaming partner list for that program). The overarching goal of the set of proposed programs is to reduce emissions from and increase the efficiency of commercial aviation by developing cost competitive systems for the efficient conversion of the chemical energy of carbon neutral liquid fuels to delivered electric energy, which is further converted to thrust using power electronics, electric motors and propulsors—the latter being the specific focus of this thrust.

Currently the electric powertrain machines suffer from low power densities and low overall efficiency that are necessary to enable a competitive and fully decarbonized aviation for a representative narrow-body class of aircraft. Furthermore, existing electric powertrains are not fully or optimally integrated systems, which lowers the system level performance.

The specific goal of the envisioned FOA is to develop novel and enabling electric powertrain technologies that benefit from novel design topologies, advanced thermal management and co-design of the thermal, electromagnetics, and power electronics as key enablers. Such powertrain technologies developed under the envisioned program will require specific power density, efficiency, voltage, and operational reliability metrics, among others, to enable long range zero-carbon aviation for a narrow-body aircraft, such as the Boeing 737 family, at analogous missions, while ensuring commercial viability.

ARPA–E held a workshop on electric powertrain for aviation in August 2019. Information on this workshop can be found here: https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/electric-motors-aviation.

Currently, ARPA–E anticipates that this potential FOA will have two major focus areas:

1. Development of high specific power density and efficiency electric motors that meet prescribed operational and reliability metrics.

2. Development of associated high specific power density and efficiency power electronics that can be integrated with the electric motor and deliver the system level operational and reliability metrics.

In order to realize the envisioned program goals, expertise in the following areas may be useful: (i) advanced materials and manufacturing, (ii) thermal management, (iii) electric machinery, (iv) electromagnetics, (v) power electronics, (vi) design optimization, (vii) system integration and scale up, (viii) testing at relevant operating conditions, (ix) and techno-economics and technology to market analysis, among others.

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, October 25, 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. A separate and concurrent Teaming list will be posted for the energy storage and conversion portion of the broader zero-carbon aviation initiative.

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 December 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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RFI-0000044: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E), concurrently with this Teaming Partner List Announcement, is issuing new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) DE‐FOA‐0002250 & DE-FOA-0002251 to deploy and demonstrate the functionality of technology solutions capable of producing effective quantification of (1) feedstock-related N2O emissions and/or (2) soil carbon storage at the field level. ARPA-E anticipates such quantification will require a “system of systems” to include, but not be limited to, in-field sensors, UAV and satellite imagery, agronomic data, and modeling/simulation tools. The objective of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program is to bridge the data gap in the biofuel supply chain by funding technologies that can replace national averages and emissions factors for feedstock-related emissions with field-level estimates.

U.S. agriculture has the potential to produce ~5 quads of energy in the form of biofuels, and with new innovations throughout the biofuel supply chain, these fuels could become carbon negative. Reaching this potential and achieving greater carbon reductions requires that feedstock producers adopt new technologies and management practices that simultaneously improve yield, drive down production associated emissions, and enhance carbon sequestration in soils. To facilitate the adoption of these new technologies and practices for improved carbon management, feedstock producers need incentives beyond yield. While carbon management incentive structures exist elsewhere in the biofuel supply chain, they do not extend to feedstock production because monitoring and verification of feedstock production emissions is too costly to conduct at the field level. Instead, all feedstock producers are assumed to produce the same amount of emissions— the national average —despite significant variations in actual emissions when moving to state or regional averages, let alone field-level estimates.

ARPA-E intends to provide financial support to teams proposing to deploy novel sensing systems for quantification of feedstock-related N2O emissions or soil carbon storage that meet the metrics specified in the FOAs. If successful, the technologies funded by this phase of the SMARTFARM program are expected to catalyze new market incentives for efficiency in feedstock production and carbon management, reducing annual U.S. emissions by ~1%. A precursor to the SMARTFARM program is an ARPA-E effort -- described in Topic H of DE-FOA-0001953 -- which aims to fund the establishment of publicly available, high-resolution datasets to support testing and validation of emerging monitoring technologies. The sensor technologies developed under the SMARTFARM program will be subjected to rigorous testing in relevant deployment scenarios (> 80 acres), and the project teams funded under SMARTFARM will have the opportunity to partner with project teams funded under Topic H of DE-FOA-0001953 to deploy and validate the new sensor technologies. ARPA–E held a workshop on the anticipated SMARTFARM program 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).

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 December 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 DE‐FOA‐0002250 & DE-FOA-0002251 for instructions on submitting an application, the desired technical metrics, and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • SMARTFARM Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 12:01 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

RFI-0000045: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Replacement Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled Replacement Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR). The purpose of this announcement is to facilitate formation of diverse project teams to respond to REPAIR. ARPA-E invites interested parties to submit their information to the Teaming Partner List.

REPAIR addresses the high costs to replace cast iron, wrought iron, and bare steel natural gas distribution pipes. Gas utilities operate 60,000 miles of these older pipes. Excavating and replacing these pipes costs $1-10 million per mile. REPAIR will reduce costs by creating a new pipe inside the old pipe, using smart coatings to achieve a 50-year life. The FOA will target pipes with 10-inch and larger diameters.

Success requires several technology advances, including new pipe testing methods and models; advanced coatings; tools that can deposit coatings, inspect coatings, and map pipes; and 3-D data visualization and management software. There are two metrics for REPAIR: obtain regulatory approval for REPAIR processes, and rehabilitate pipes for $1 million per mile, including costs for gas service interruptions.

As outlined below, REPAIR has five tasks: one for test development and testing, and four to develop system components – coating materials, coating deposition tools, coating integrity/inspection tools, and pipe mapping tools. Applicants may respond to an individual task or multiple tasks. Applicants will need to address plans for integrating system components in tasks 2-5 into comprehensive solutions. ARPA-E encourages partnering across tasks, and forming teams with diverse skills, such as engineering, chemistry, material science, physics, and data processing/visualization, for all tasks.

Tasks 1 -Testing models/protocols/hardware

In order to confirm the required 50-year lifespan there is a need to define failure modes and establish the performance criteria for “coated pipe in a pipe” with cast iron and bare steel pipes. Modelling will be used to characterize failure modes, establish ranges of physical properties for Task 2 coatings, develop test methods, and design/build test hardware. Applicants will be responsible for testing 10-20 inch diameter coated pipes, and use results to develop correlations for failure mechanisms.

Task 2 - Structural coating materials

Legacy pipes will be rehabilitated by applying a structural coating to the inside of the pipe, forming a “coated pipe in a pipe.” Materials will be coated with a coating deposition tool discussed in Task 3, and inspected with an integrity/inspection tool discussed in Task 4. REPAIR will advance the state of gas distribution pipelines by incorporating “smart” (i.e. self-healing and self-reporting) features. Coating materials need to be compatible with pipeline operations. ARPA-E prefers materials that can be deposited without interrupting gas service.

Task 3 - Coating deposition tools

There are several techniques for depositing structural coatings, such as spraying, casting, and printing/additive manufacturing. The coating deposition tool will record operating parameters, quality control metrics, and material traceability by location, with location precision within 10 cm over its operating range. As an option, the coating tool could use in-pipe mapping tools discussed in Task 5. Critical issues include linear speed, deposition rate, uniformity of coating thickness, and impact on gas service during coating operations. Task 3 Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with Task 2 Applicants to optimize deposition processes.

Task 4 - Pipe integrity/inspection tools

Integrity/inspection tools are needed to assess the legacy pipes prior to coating, and assess the coating after deposition. Ideally the same techniques and tools can be used for pre- and post-coating inspections, implying the inspection technique can “see” through the coating. Task 4 Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with Task 2 Applicants to screen and select the optimal inspection technique(s). The integrity tool needs to be able to record locations within 10 cm over its operating range. As an option, it could use in-pipe mapping tools discussed in Task 5. ARPA-E anticipates different inspection techniques and tools may be required for cast iron and bare steel pipes.

Task 5 - 3D mapping hardware, data management, and data visualization

Applicants for Task 5 will develop tools that create 3D maps of the rehabilitated gas mains, pipeline components, and adjacent underground infrastructure. Applicants can propose in-pipe or surface-based pipe mapping technologies, or a combination of technologies. These maps will also incorporate data from leak reports, integrity/inspection tools, and coating deposition tools. REPAIR processes (coating, inspections, mapping) will generate large data sets that need to be compatible with GIS-enabled enterprise systems used by gas utilities. Given the large data sets, real-time data visualization will be required to facilitate real-time decisions in the field as mapping, coating, and inspection processes are underway.

The ARPA-E workshop on REPAIR occurred October 2019; details are available at https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=events/rapid-encapsulation-pipelines-avoiding-intensive-replacement-workshop. Key stakeholders from technical areas of interest gathered to further define REPAIR’s problem statement and explore possible solutions. Based on feedback from the workshop, ARPA-E is hosting an Industry Day on January 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. The event will provide an opportunity to address contracting and technical questions of the RFI (to be released, along with a draft version of the FOA, ahead of the event), and promote formal and informal partnering discussions. ARPA-E recommends Applicants complete the Teaming Partners information prior to the Industry Day.

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, December 20, 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 January 2020, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • REPAIR Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 12/20/2019 03:33 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

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

RFI-0000046: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Joint FOA: GALVANIZING ADVANCES IN MARKET-ALIGNED FUSION FOR AN OVERABUNDANCE OF WATTS (GAMOW)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) and the Office of Science – Fusion Energy Sciences (SC-FES) of the Department of Energy intend to issue a new joint Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in February 2020 named GAMOW. This FOA will solicit applications for financial assistance to support innovative research and development (R&D) in a range of enabling technologies (beyond confinement plasma physics) that will be needed in commercially attractive fusion energy systems. Related to this planned FOA, a “Teaming Partner List” – described below - is being compiled to facilitate the formation of project teams that will submit applications in response to the FOA.

Key attributes for any commercially attractive energy system include economics, safety, RAMI (reliability, availability, maintainability, inspectability), and environmental sustainability. The GAMOW Program will prioritize R&D that will help establish both the technical and commercial viability of technologies in the following anticipated technical research categories:

A. Fusion Energy Subsystems

  • Integrated first-wall and tritium-breeding blanket
  • Plasma-facing components (PFC) and divertor
  • Tritium fuel cycle
  • High-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets
  • High-efficiency, high-duty-cycle electrical drivers

B. Cross-Cutting Research

  • Novel fusion materials, including methods to enable accelerated testing/qualification
  • Advanced and additive manufacturing to revolutionize fusion R&D and system attractiveness

The high-level program objectives are:

  • Substantial progress toward demonstrating technical feasibility and/or increases in performance in the technical categories listed above compared to present state-of-the-art
  • Enabling significant device simplification or elimination of entire subsystems, in one or more commercially motivated fusion energy concepts
  • Reduction in fusion energy system cost (capital and/or operations/maintenance) and/or development time/cost, including those of critical materials and component testing/qualification facilities
  • Improvements in safety, RAMI, and/or environmental attractiveness of fusion energy systems.


As a general matter, ARPA–E and SC-FES strongly encourage 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 GAMOW 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 February 2020. 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 / SC-FES do not endorse or otherwise evaluate the qualifications of the entities that self-identify themselves for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA–E / SC-FES 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 February 2020, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • GAMOW Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 2/3/2020 05:09 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

DE-FOA-0002213: Request for Information (RFI): Biotechnologies to Ensure a Robust Mineral Supply Chain for Clean Energy

ARPA-E is interested in surveying bio-based ideas across the entire supply chain of critical materials and other metals (Ni, Cu), including exploration, mining, extraction, processing, refining and recycling/recovery of such materials. ARPA-E requests responses focusing on the feedstock supply for successfully meeting the domestic demand, economic feasibility and environmental sustainability of critical materials.

Please carefully review the REQUEST FOR INFORMATION 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.

Purpose and Need for Information

The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration to inform the possible formulation of future research programs. ARPA-E will not provide funding or compensation for any information submitted in response to this RFI, and ARPA-E may use information submitted to this RFI without any attribution to the source. This RFI provides the broad research community with an opportunity to contribute views and opinions.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES

No material submitted for review will be returned and there will be no formal or informal debriefing concerning the review of any submitted material. ARPA-E may contact respondents to request clarification or seek additional information relevant to this RFI. All responses provided will be considered, but ARPA-E will not respond to individual submissions or publish publicly a compendium of responses. Respondents should clearly mark any information in the response to this RFI that might be considered proprietary or confidential. Information labeled proprietary or confidential will not be released by DOE, but may be used to inform ARPA-E’s planning.

Depending on the responses to this RFI, ARPA‐E may consider the rapid initiation of one or more funded collaborative projects to accelerate along the path towards commercial deployment of the energy technologies described generally above.

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 December 17, 2019. Emails should conform to the following guidelines:

  • Please insert “Responses for Critical Minerals RFI” in the subject line of your email, and include your name, title, organization, type of organization (e.g. university, non-governmental organization, small business, large business, federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), government-owned/government-operated (GOGO), etc.), email address, telephone number, and area of expertise in the body of your email.
  • Responses to this RFI are limited to no more than 10 pages in length (12 point font size).
  • Responders are strongly encouraged to include preliminary results, data, and figures that describe their potential methodologies.

Documents

  • RFI on Biotechnologies to Ensure a Robust Mineral Supply Chain for Clean Energy (Last Updated: 11/1/2019 04:16 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0002307: Request for Information (RFI) on Next Generation Ammonia System Integration Project

Objective:

The chemical process to synthesize ammonia – produced in huge amounts for its vital role in world agriculture – needs mitigation of its substantial negative energy and environmental consequences. To address these consequences, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) of the US Department of Energy seeks information that could inform ARPA-E’s potential research and development (R&D) funding of a pre-production, integrated system involving a skid-mounted ammonia synthesis system connected to an intermittent renewable energy source at a production scale of several hundred kg to 1 metric ton of ammonia per day.

For this targeted application, ARPA-E is interested in addressing key challenges of integrating various technologies emerging from the ARPA-E REFUEL program - and related awards from other ARPA-E programs (both prior and ongoing) - that are ready for scaling and would comprise a system for the production of ammonia as described above. Specifically, ARPA-E seeks information about:

  • Capabilities and needs of organizations to provide or evaluate such ARPA-E funded technologies (e.g. advanced catalysts for low pressure and temperature synthesis, novel ammonia separation methods, etc.);
  • Capabilities and needs of organizations to integrate, build and test the ammonia synthesis system describe above;
  • Ability of organizations – on their own, or by forming and leading a consortium of research teams - with investors and private sector partners to advance promising ammonia synthesis and related technologies to market.

The goal is to integrate developed technologies and validate their reliability under variable load and start/stop operations, manufacturability, and favorable economics at scale. Successful integration of ammonia synthesis technologies would establish a path forward to continued private sector development, scaling and deployment of these distributed ammonia synthesis technologies. Ideally, the designed and constructed ammonia synthesis unit would serve as a test site for future improved subsystems for the ammonia synthesis process.

This research effort, if successful, would reduce the energy intensity and carbon emissions of ammonia synthesis and establish a new manufacturing base for energy technology in the U.S.

More detailed information on the background of the technology and competitiveness challenges ARPA-E seeks to address can be found in the REFUEL FOA. The REFUEL program is supporting projects focused on specific components of ammonia synthesis, e.g. improved catalysts or separation technologies, at scales up to 1 kg/day of ammonia. To prove that these technologies are viable, further work is required, including combining individual technologies, testing them at a larger scale, and subjecting them to intermittent power.

This RFI focuses only on integration R&D of promising ammonia-synthesis technologies that ARPA-E has funded for which technology verification and integration at a relevant scale would substantially build upon innovations achieved under the ARPA-E awards. Potential new research would be based upon inventions/technologies resulting from those ARPA-E awards, with the intent to advance the innovation to practical application. Cooperation between existing and former ARPA-E awardees is highly encouraged in responses to this RFI and any subsequent R&D work.

ARPA-E recognizes that new business and research arrangements may be needed to fund larger-scale research than the smaller proof of concept efforts supported under REFUEL. If sufficient interest and capability to integrate and test REFUEL technologies exist, ARPA-E may consider funding a public-private innovation collaboration or consortium to that end. For such a project, ARPA-E would expect significant industry participation, as well as an increased cost share (compared to the 5%-20% cost share typical of ARPA-E awards.)

In addition to greater financial commitments, ARPA-E seeks information that also addresses:

  • Requiring substantial US manufacturing of resulting technologies for use/sale worldwide, subject to reasonable waiver requests that may be submitted before, during, or after completion of the pilot effort.
  • Forming teams with more diversified professional engineering and management capabilities needed for large projects, in contrast to typical ARPA-E projects that tend to focus heavily on bench-scale research or early, small-scale proof-of-concept prototypes.
  • Encouraging engagement with industry stakeholders providing in-kind support to the system integration effort. These stakeholders could be state development agencies, potential customers, investment diligence organizations, project financiers, or others with the ability and interest to facilitate the eventual translation of technology from the bench to commercial scale.

Purpose and Need for Information:

The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E’s consideration, and to inform the possible initiation of the next generation ammonia synthesis research described above.

ARPA-E will not provide funding or compensation for any information submitted in response to this RFI, and ARPA-E may use information submitted to this RFI without any attribution to the source. This RFI provides the broader research community with an opportunity to contribute views and opinions regarding the current state of the art of ammonia synthesis research and development.

Carefully review the REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES below. 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.

Request for Information Guidelines:

No material submitted for review will be returned and there will be no formal or informal debriefing concerning the review of any submitted material. ARPA-E may contact respondents to request clarification or seek additional information relevant to this RFI. All responses provided will be considered, but ARPA-E will not respond to individual submissions or publish publicly a compendium of responses. Respondents shall not include any information in the response to this RFI that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

Responses to this RFI should be submitted in PDF format to ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on April 6th, 2020. Emails should conform to the following guidelines:

  • Insert “Response to Ammonia RFI 2307 - <your organization name>” in the subject line of your email.
  • In the body of your email, include your name, title, organization, type of organization (e.g. university, non-governmental organization, small business, large business, federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), government-owned/government-operated (GOGO), etc.), email address, telephone number, and area of expertise.
  • Responses to this RFI are limited to no more than 10 pages in length (12 point font size).

Responders should provide the following information though a response to each item on the list is not required:

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  1. What is the optimal size (kg/day ammonia and related total power and material requirement) for a system validation that would adequately address technical and market risks? Is in-field testing (i.e., on or near agricultural sites or other ammonia consumer) required, and if so, what integration, ruggedness, transportability, and infrastructure requirements does this impose on a test system?
  2. Describe the current state of the art in electrolyzer systems (available size, power consumption, reliability, unit cost) that could be provided under commercial terms. Also describe any breakpoints associated with cost.
  3. Describe the current state of the art in air separation systems (size, nitrogen purity, power consumption, reliability, unit cost) that could be provided under commercial terms. Also describe any break points associated with cost.
  4. Describe what you view as the major technical risks associated with integration of multiple technologies to produce ammonia from air, water and renewable energy?
  5. What are the major challenges in industrial production using intermittent power and how can they be overcome? What duty cycles are appropriate for different regions, use cases, or customers? How do these transients affect the performance requirements for the individual components (e.g., ASU, reactor, and separations train)?
  6. What are ranges of capacity factors for renewable sources of power? Provide duty cycle details by source and geography.

ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION

  1. Describe your organization’s ability to evaluate and integrate different chemical processing technologies (both established and emerging) including access to appropriate manufacturing and/or testing facilities.
  2. Describe your organization’s ability and experience to perform or supervise the construction of modular, flexible chemical systems.
  3. Describe your organization’s ability to perform preliminary and detailed design of skid-mounted chemical systems and working with 3rd parties as required.
  4. Describe your organization’s ability to secure a site for field testing of the system. The site should be capable of housing a skid-mounted system that produces ammonia at a rate of up to 1 ton per day from air and water. The site should have access to a source of intermittent renewable energy with enough power to support the target ammonia productivity. Data on power generation daily/seasonal variability should be available for modeling purposes. Experience in ammonia handling is highly desirable.
  5. Describe your organization’s experience with field testing of new technologies, including securing permits from relevant authorities and managing on-site construction/commissioning, operation and decommissioning.
  6. Describe your organization’s experience in developing and packaging new technologies, particularly from multiple sources, for licensing.
  7. Assess the ability of potential research organizations to secure or provide 30% -50% cost share on a project for the above-described research that may cost up to $15 million total. It is reasonable to expect that all team members would contribute to the cost share.
  8. Describe your organization’s plans, if any, for the utilization of ammonia produced from a project of this nature (e.g. use as a fertilizer, generation of heat or electricity). Multiple uses at different scales can be proposed.
  9. Describe your organization’s experience in managing of multi-partner projects including IP management (e.g. building and running a consortium).

Topics not of interest:

ARPA-E is not interested in integrators seeking to deploy established technologies that are already available for license.

Documents

  • Ammonia Integration RFI Modification 01 (Last Updated: 3/24/2020 12:14 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0002307 on Next Generation Ammonia System Integration Project (Last Updated: 2/24/2020 12:15 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0002355: Request for Information (RFI) on Identifications and Quantification of Electronic Waste (e-waste) in Municipal Solid Waste Streams

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration for potential future ARPA-E research programs focused on highly energy efficient conversion of e-waste into usable manufacturing materials. ARPA-E is interested e-waste management/conversion ideas across the entire supply chain of e-waste and its impact on municipal solid waste, including classification, collection, identification, sorting, and reclamation of materials. Such e-waste reclamation research and development could result in the development and deployment of advanced energy technologies, enhancing the economic and energy of the United States, while reducing imports of foreign-sourced energy, and reduction of energy-related emissions.

Please carefully review the REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES. 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.

Purpose and Need for Information

The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration to inform the possible formulation of future research programs. ARPA-E will not provide funding or compensation for any information submitted in response to this RFI, and ARPA-E may use information submitted to this RFI without any attribution to the source. This RFI provides the broad research community with an opportunity to contribute views and opinions.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES

No material submitted for review will be returned and there will be no formal or informal debriefing concerning the review of any submitted material. ARPA-E may contact respondents to request clarification or seek additional information relevant to this RFI. All responses provided will be considered, but ARPA-E will not respond to individual submissions or publish publicly a compendium of responses. Respondents should clearly mark any information in the response to this RFI that might be considered proprietary or confidential. Information labeled proprietary or confidential will not be released by DOE but may be used to inform ARPA-E’s planning.

Depending on the responses to this RFI, ARPA‐E may consider the rapid initiation of one or more funded collaborative projects to accelerate along the path towards commercial deployment of the energy technologies described generally above.

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 5, 2020. Emails should conform to the following guidelines:
  • Please insert “Responses for e-waste RFI” in the subject line of your email, and include your name, title, organization, type of organization (e.g. university, non-governmental organization, small business, large business, federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), government-