ARPA-E Archived Funding Opportunities

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  DE-FOA-0001428 INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN ENERGY-RELATED APPLIED SCIENCE (IDEAS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 9/30/2017 05:00 PM ET TBD
  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-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-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-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-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-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

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.

View Template Application Documents

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

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 Reviewer Comments Period: 11/23/2015 5:00 PM ET – 12/1/2015 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.
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    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 Reviewer Comments Period: 4/15/2016 5:00 PM ET – 4/19/2016 5:00 PM ET

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)

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 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)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 06:22 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 1/21/2016 06:23 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 Reviewer Comments Period: 4/15/2016 5:00 PM ET – 4/19/2016 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

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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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)

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

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/13/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • View 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

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

  • Concept_Paper_Template (Last Updated: 9/27/2013 03:45 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 will refer any questions regarding the FOA to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    FOA Questions

Submission Deadlines

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

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.

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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 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 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-0002049: Request for Information (RFI) on Potential New Program for Control Co-Design (CCD) of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT)

Objective:

The Advanced Research Projects Agency –Energy (ARPA-E) in the U.S. Department of Energy is seeking comments on a draft technical section for a possible future program solicitation, which focuses on Control Co-Design of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines. In particular, the draft technical section is appended hereto as Attachment A. ARPA-E seeks input from experts in the fields of 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.

All of the information in this RFI and Attachment A is subject to change. 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. Respondents shall not include any information in their response to this RFI that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

Purpose and Need for Information:

The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration, to inform preparation of the draft technical section of a possible future program solicitation prior to its release. 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 regarding the draft technical section in Attachment A.

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. [Note: Responses to this RFI may be subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.] 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 January 8th, 2019. Emails should conform to the following guidelines:

  • Please insert “Comments on Draft CCD FOWT Technical Section”” 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 3 pages in length (12 point font size).

Questions: ARPA-E encourages responses that address any subset of the following questions, and encourages the inclusion of references to important supplementary information.

  • The draft Technical Section proposes three fundamental areas (see Section C.4). The first area (C.4.1. New Designs) enumerates a list of examples (cases 1 to 5) where CCD techniques can enable cheaper FOWTs. Please expand these cases and provide additional examples.
  • The second area (C.4.2. Computer Tools) details a list of elements (e1 to e10) that are critical for a new generation of computer tools. Please prioritize these elements and provide additional ones.
  • The third area (C.4.3. Experiments) describes some key components to collect real data from FOWT. Please provide additional information or critical ideas in this area.
  • Section D introduces a new metric space to evaluate the new FOWT designs. The second metric (M2) of this space depends on three factors: a material factor ft, a manufacturing factor fm and an installation factor fi. Table 3 suggests some values for the material factors, ft. Please analyze these values and provide new ones if necessary. Also, should some additional materials be included? If this is the case, please provide the corresponding material factors. 
  • Simultaneously, Table 4 suggests some values for the manufacturing and installation factors, fm and fi. Please analyze these values and provide new ones if necessary. 
  • Section D.3 proposes a list of conditions (a to h) to validate each new FOWT design. Please analyze these conditions and provide additional ones if necessary.
  • Section C.2 describes three CCD techniques. Please expand these proposed techniques and provide some additional methodologies.
  • Section C.1 emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of the program, with the concurrent control engineering aspects of the control co-design approach. Also, Section E.2 describes the program and project interactions needed to develop a successful CCD approach. Please analyze the aspects (a) to (e) described in the Section (e.g., IP issues, etc.), identify potential hurdles (collaboration challenges, etc.), propose solutions, and suggest how ARPA-E can facilitate these team and multi-team collaborations.

Documents

  • RFI on Control Co-Design of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (Last Updated: 12/3/2018 01:38 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0001978: Request for Information (RFI) on High-Efficiency Internal Combustion Engine Development

Objective:

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) of the US Department of Energy is seeking information concerning the current state of development of advanced, high-efficiency internal combustion engines (ICEs) suitable for light truck and SUV applications, as well as an indication of the potential of these engines to meet future vehicle performance, fuel efficiency and emissions requirements. The target vehicle application of interest for the ICEs is in the light-duty 6,001-8,500 lbs GVWR range (in the EPA LDT classification), and includes full-size pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

ARPA-E seeks information on (i) the current status of technical development of any high-efficiency ICE that is suitable for, and capable of meeting the performance, utility and emissions requirements of the above target vehicle application, and (ii) what further technical developments are required before such an engine can be successfully integrated into a target vehicle, as a necessary technical demonstration before the commercialization of that engine can be achieved.

ARPA-E is seeking information on ICEs that currently exist at an advanced level of development, albeit still prior to commercialization and full-scale production. ARPA-E is not interested in unproven ICE technologies, or technologies that have not yet been reduced to practice in the form of operating engines, or engines that do not yet exist in the size and power range suitable for the target vehicle application. Depending on the responses to this RFI, ARPA-E may consider the rapid initiation of one or more funded collaborative research projects to advance the state of the art of high-efficiency ICEs with the potential for substantial fuel savings in light-duty trucks and SUVs.

Please carefully review the REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES contained in the RFI document 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 (RFI) 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 September 21, 2018.

Documents

  • RFI on High-Efficiency Internal Combustion Engine Development (Last Updated: 8/21/2018 12:07 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0001952: Support Grants for Participation in ARPA-E Grid Optimization (GO) Competition Challenge 1

The purpose of this FOA is to fund research and development of solution techniques that will be used by awardees to compete in Challenge 1 of the Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. The GO Competition is a series of prize challenges to accelerate the development and comprehensive evaluation of grid software solutions.[1] The first GO Competition, Challenge 1, is an algorithm competition focused on the security-constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) problem for the electric power sector. Awardees under this FOA will be required to participate in Challenge 1. As described in detail in Appendix A1 to this FOA and on the GO Competition website (https://gocompetition.energy.gov/), Challenge 1 is anticipated to launch in the Fall of 2018. Participation in the GO Competition Challenge 1 will be open to anyone that satisfies the applicable requirements in Rules Document specified on the GO Competition website (https://gocompetition.energy.gov/competition-rules), not just those awarded under ARPA-E DE-FOA-0001952.

The purpose of this FOA is to provide grants: (i) to further incentivize and identify innovative research for solution methods applicable to Challenge 1, and (ii) to enable broader diversity in team domain expertise, i.e., to encourage teams to participate that do not traditionally focus on the particular problems that are targeted but otherwise have innovative approaches for this class of mathematical programs. While Challenge 1 focuses on a power systems problem, the Challenge and this FOA target a much broader audience (e.g., those specialized in operations research, applied mathematics, optimization methods and algorithms, controls etc.).

Existing grid software was designed for a power grid centered on conventional generation and transmission technologies. Recent years have seen major developments in new types of resources including distributed energy resources (DER), intermittent resources (wind and solar), and storage. Such emerging technologies have unique characteristics distinct from conventional resources. Emerging technologies face a prohibitive barrier within large-scale grid operations as the existing software support systems do not acknowledge these unique characteristics with the same level of accuracy and efficiency with which they capture conventional resources. As a consequence, this existing software paradigm does not allow for these assets to be used to their full potential. Furthermore, the ever-increasing emphasis on grid resilience demands innovative management of a more diverse resource portfolio, which existing grid software is not equipped to handle without overly simplifying assumptions. Simply put, in order to improve grid resiliency, the power industry must significantly advance grid software. Innovation is needed regarding the underlying simulation, optimization, and control methods in order to enable increased grid flexibility, reliability, and resilience while also substantially reducing the costs of integrating emerging technologies and resources into the electric power system.

To this end, ARPA-E has set a goal: new modern and innovative grid software to achieve a modern grid. ARPA-E is targeting key areas for innovation in grid software including, but not limited to, optimal utilization of conventional and emerging grid technologies, management of dynamic operations of the grid (including extreme event response and restoration), and management of millions of emerging distributed energy resources.

This broader effort begins with the launch of the Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. If successful, the GO Competition will accelerate the development of transformational and disruptive methods for solving problems related to the electric power grid and to provide a transparent, fair, and comprehensive evaluation of new solution methods. The GO Competition is aimed at overhauling and modernizing grid software and will be structured as multiple challenges, the first of which is expected to begin in the fall of 2018.

Each challenge in the GO Competition will culminate in a Final Event to evaluate the performance, speed, and efficiency of each Entrant’s approach on standardized, realistic datasets in a controlled environment. After each final event, winners will be announced and awards provided. Entrants can enter as “Open Entrants” and can register and submit their programs (i.e., algorithmic approaches) or “Proposal Entrants” who will be provided grants under this FOA to develop their algorithmic approach for submission to Challenge 1. The GO Competition will incentivize entrepreneurial efforts that align with ARPA-E’s mission to innovate in grid software. The algorithms and software solutions submitted to the GO Competition will supplement ARPA-E efforts to break down barriers to empower widespread, fast adoption of emerging grid technologies with the goal of saving billions of dollars in an energy sector with revenues reaching close to $400B per year.[2] In addition to introducing the GO Competition, this FOA provides details for potential Proposal Entrants (also referred to as “awardees” in this FOA) to apply for grants to prepare for and participate in the GO Competition Challenge 1 (see Appendix A1 for more information).


[1] See https://gocompetition.energy.gov/.

[2] Energy Information Administration, “Revenue from Sales of Electricity to Ultimate Customers,” https://www.eia.gov/electricity/annual/html/epa_02_03.html

Documents

  • Support Grants for Participation in ARPA-E GO Competition Challenge 1 FOA Document (Last Updated: 7/24/2018 03:07 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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

View Template Application Documents

Full Application

  • GO Competition: Challenge 1 Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/24/2018 10:52 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/24/2018 10:46 AM ET)
  • SF-424A (Last Updated: 7/24/2018 10:46 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/24/2018 10:47 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/24/2018 02:52 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

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/7/2018 9:30 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Documents

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

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

DE-FOA-0001936: Request for Information (RFI) on Upgrading Carbon Derived From Methane Pyrolysis

Objective:

The Advanced Research Projects Agency –Energy (ARPA-E) in the US Department of Energy is seeking information concerning technologies to produce hydrogen and elemental carbon from the thermal decomposition of methane (also known as methane pyrolysis, methane cracking, or methane splitting). Recognizing that the value of the carbon product would be a key factor in the economic feasibility of such processes, ARPA-E seeks input from experts in the fields of materials science (including advanced carbon fiber synthesis), process engineering, methane pyrolysis, plasma chemistry, and chemical engineering regarding potential mechanisms for the bulk conversion of carbon materials, specifically from less valuable forms (e.g. amorphous carbon) or mixtures, to more valuable single allotropes or controlled mixtures of high-value carbon structures. Consistent with the agency’s mission, ARPA-E is seeking insights on clearly disruptive, novel technologies for such conversions, early in the R&D cycle, and not integration strategies for existing 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. Respondents shall not include any information in their response to this RFI that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

Background:

The United States produces ~10 million tons of hydrogen annually, primarily for use on-site at petroleum refineries, and for the production of ammonia or methanol. However, the opportunity for hydrogen utilization in the future is vast, with potential applications in electricity production, transportation, and novel chemical processes. Already, hydrogen use in the transportation sector has seen rapid growth with 500 megawatts of fuel cells shipped worldwide in 2016.1 Today, the vast preponderance of hydrogen produced in the US is derived from natural gas in a reforming reaction that produces hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Options for producing hydrogen without the release of carbon dioxide include reforming with carbon capture and sequestration, electrolysis of water to hydrogen and oxygen, and methane pyrolysis to hydrogen and elemental carbon.

ARPA-E is interested in transformative technologies for methane pyrolysis. Processes capable of methane pyrolysis include (but are not limited to) the following: thermal decomposition (both catalytic and non-catalytic, including solar thermal), non-thermal plasma, fluidized catalyst and molten metals. Carbon products produced via methane pyrolysis include metallurgical coke, carbon black, graphite, carbon nanotubes, and carbon fiber.2

The economics for methane pyrolysis are made more favorable when the carbon byproduct is valuable.3 However, processes that are optimized for hydrogen production may not produce valuable carbon products directly. Optimizing processes for both hydrogen and valuable carbon products is a daunting challenge. Technology that can economically convert less valuable forms of carbon to more valuable forms, either in-situ during the pyrolysis process or in a subsequent step, could enable large-scale hydrogen production from methane without the release of carbon dioxide.

In this RFI, ARPA-E is specifically interested in the conversion of existing carbon materials (which may be derived from the pyrolysis of methane) into higher value carbon materials.

In the context of hydrogen production from methane on an energy-relevant scale, it is important to recognize that the volumes of co-produced carbon would be very large. For example, the amount of hydrogen required to produce 1 quadrillion BTU (quad) of energy would be associated with over 22 million tonnes of co-produced carbon. Therefore, potential applications for the resulting carbon products have to be on a correspondingly large scale, e.g., on the scale of the construction sector or large-scale manufacturing industries. These applications will require the carbon materials to have useful macroscopic properties with regard to thermal, electrical and/or mechanical performance. The functional performance of the carbon materials will be determined by the molecular structure of the carbon, as well as by the arrangement and alignment of substructures at the nano-or meso-scale. Processes capable of changing the molecular structure, e.g. via rearrangement of carbon-carbon bonds, or of changing the solid phases (i.e. crystal structure or molecular ordering) may have the potential to convert a lower value carbon into a higher value carbon product. Examples include, respectively, conversion of amorphous carbon to carbon nanotubes or graphene, or the dispersion of carbon nanotubes and subsequent spinning to carbon fiber like materials.4

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 programs intended to help create transformative technology for producing valuable carbon materials from less valuable forms of carbon. 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 regarding the interconversion of carbon forms.

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 the email address ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on June 4th, 2018. Emails should conform to the following guidelines:

  • Please insert “Responses for Upgrading Carbon Derived from Methane Pyrolysis” 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.

Questions: ARPA-E encourages responses that address any subset of the following questions and encourages the inclusion of references to important supplementary information.

1) Macroscopic properties of elemental carbon products:

What are recent developments in understanding and characterization of the required molecular, micro- and meso-scale properties of carbon materials for desired thermal, mechanical, or electrical performance in high-performance, high-value carbon materials?

2) Carbon–carbon bond rearrangements in elemental carbon:

a) To what extent is the fundamental chemistry of carbon-carbon bond rearrangements understood? This includes thermodynamics, mechanisms, and catalysis.

b) What is the state of the art in bulk-scale molecular transformations of elemental carbon species (single carbon allotropes or mixtures)?

3) Macromolecular/structural rearrangement and separation:

a) To what extend is intermolecular carbon aggregation and/or realignment understood? This may range from changes in crystal structure to spinning of fibers.

b) What processes are known to modify carbon aggregation, crystal structure or alignment of carbon particles? Are the outcomes of these processes predictable?

c) What is the state of the art in bulk separations of different carbon structures?

d) What is the current understanding of the scalability of the possible transformation and separation processes?

4) Characterization:

a)What are recent advances in characterizing bulk samples of different carbon species, especially mixed samples with regard to their molecular and structural composition?

b) What new methods or approaches need to be developed to better characterize carbon rearrangement products and to improve the underlying processes?


Topics not of interest:

ARPA-E is not interested in approaches that use carbon materials primarily as filler in composites where the performance properties of the composite are defined primarily by the binder and not the carbon filler.

References:

  1. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report 2016. [https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/10/f37/fcto_2016_market_report.pdf]
  2. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. R&D Opportunities for Development of Natural Gas Conversion Technologies. [https://www.pnnl.gov/main/publications/external/technical_reports/PNNL-26726.pdf]
  3. Keipi, T., Hankalin, V., Nummelin., and Raiko, R.,Techno-economic analysis of four concepts for thermal decomposition of methane: Reduction of CO2 emissions in natural gas combustion. Energy Conversion and Management, 2016. 110: p 1-12. 
  4. Behabtu, N., et al., Strong, Light, Multifunctional Fibers of Carbon Nanotubes with Ultrahigh Conductivity. Science, 2013. 339: p 182-186.

Documents

  • RFI on Upgrading Carbon Derived From Methane Pyrolysis (Last Updated: 5/7/2018 11:29 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Documents

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

Previous Versions

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

Required Application Documents

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

View Template Application Documents

Full Application

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

Contact Information

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

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0001858: OPEN 2018

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

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

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

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


Documents

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

Previous Versions

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

Required Application Documents

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

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Concept Paper

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

Full Application

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

Contact Information

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

Submission Deadlines

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

RFI-0000033: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: OPEN 2018

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue an OPEN Funding Opportunity Announcement (OPEN FOA) to support high-risk R&D leading to the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. ARPA-E seeks to support early-stage, but potentially transformational research in all areas of energy R&D, covering transportation and stationary applications. Areas of research responsive to this intended FOA include (but are not limited to) electricity generation by both conventional and renewable means; electricity transmission, storage, and distribution; energy efficiency for buildings, manufacturing and commerce, and personal use; and all aspects of transportation, including the production and distribution of both renewable and non-renewable fuels, electrification, and energy efficiency in transportation.

ARPA-E aims to bring together different technical communities to solve big energy challenges and fill the gaps or “whitespace” in a field. We strongly encourage researchers from different disciplines and technology sectors to come together for interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration spanning organizational boundaries. This enables and accelerates the achievement of extremely hard-to-reach outcomes.

ARPA-E is compiling a Teaming Partner List for OPEN 2018 as an optional tool that potential applicants may choose to utilize to facilitate the formation of new project teams and identify potential collaborations. Teaming partners include organizations and individuals who can offer expertise, facilities, or other complementary resources toward a potential ARPA-E project. The teaming list identifies partners’ capabilities as well as their areas of interest, understanding that expertise and experience in one field can often be applied successfully to a new field. This list is completely voluntarily to participate in and utilize. ARPA-E will not identify or facilitate connections through the teaming list and participation in the list has no bearing whatsoever on the evaluation of applications submitted to the OPEN 2018 FOA.

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 November 30, 2017. 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 December 2017, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

OPEN 2018 Webpage: https://arpa-e.energy.gov/open2018

Documents

  • OPEN 2018 - Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 11/30/2017 02:53 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.

Teaming Partners

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

DE-FOA-0001798: MODELING-ENHANCED INNOVATIONS TRAILBLAZING NUCLEAR ENERGY REINVIGORATION (MEITNER)

Nuclear reactor plants are complex systems where many types and scales of technologies must work together seamlessly. Design choices at each of those scales and for each of those technologies impact the rest of the system in terms of functionality, cost, and constructability.

For nuclear energy to contribute in the coming decades, the next generation of nuclear reactor plants need to simultaneously achieve “walkaway” safe and secure operation, extremely low construction capital costs, and dramatically shorter construction and commissioning times than currently-available plants. To attain these goals, new, innovative, enabling technologies for existing advanced reactor designs are needed. The development of these enabling technologies requires understanding the inter-relatedness of design choices. Thus, ARPA-E encourages a rethinking of how pieces of the nuclear reactor system fit together when developing these enabling technologies.

Through the MEITNER[1] (Modeling-Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration) program, ARPA-E seeks to identify and develop innovative technologies to enable the advanced nuclear reactor design community to mature their designs for future commercial deployment. These enabling technologies can establish the basis for a modern, domestic supply chain supporting nuclear technology.

As provided in this FOA, ARPA-E will select multiple Awardees (Prime Recipients) to develop innovative technologies using advanced modeling and simulation (M&S) tools and by leveraging expert input to enable advanced reactor systems.[2] The MEITNER Program will establish a set of well-characterized enabling technologies where:

performance and safety have been studied with multi-physics M&S tools;key cost and performance drivers have been identified for critical development and testing;key gaps in models or data have been identified, which can be addressed through targeted experimental work;costs and construction timelines are well projected; androbust techno-economic analysis (TEA) has been performed and a clear technology-to-market (T2M) plan has been created.

MEITNER Awardees will perform key enabling technology development for nuclear reactor systems, components, and structures, moving those technologies toward commercialization. The program will not support development of fundamentally new reactor core concepts nor the design of entire reactor plants. This approach is intended to focus on identifying and developing key enabling technologies for the existing U.S. advanced reactor design community that take advantage of fields adjacent to those that are typically considered nuclear energy research and development (R&D). The MEITNER Program will use modeling and simulation and, optionally, applied science and engineering-based experimental work.

The MEITNER Program will require a system-level approach in describing and quantifying how new and innovative enabling technologies fit into a plant design to make the plant “walkaway” safe, quickly-deployable, safeguardable, cost-competitive, and commercially-viable. To facilitate such a holistic view, ARPA-E will establish a separately-funded Resource Team to work with Awardees, as described in Section 2.3 below. The Resource Team will consist of three coordinated sub-teams: a computational modeling and simulation (M&S) sub-team, a techno-economic analysis (TEA) sub-team, and a subject matter expert (SME) sub-team (see Section I.E of the FOA). Through the Resource Team, Awardees will have access to SMEs from both the nuclear and non-nuclear disciplines. These resources will allow Awardees to more accurately place their enabling technologies into the larger reactor plant context.

Awardees are encouraged to leverage DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) programs, such as the GAIN (Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear) initiative (https://www.inl.gov/research-program/gain) and the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) Network (https://nsuf.inl.gov/), to perform strategic experiments–either during or after completion of the Program.


[1] Named in honor of Lise Meitner who, together with Otto Hahn, first discovered nuclear fission of uranium in the 1930s.

[2] Refer to FOA Section I.B.2.3, titled ARPA-E MEITNER Program Resource Team, for additional information.

Webinar: In this webinar, ARPA-E Program Director Rachel Slaybaugh provides an overview of the Modeling-Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration (MEITNER) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=video-other/arpa-e-meitner-foa-overview-webinar 

Documents

  • MEITNER Full Application FOA (Last Updated: 1/31/2018 01:18 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • MEITNER CP FOA (Last Updated: 10/20/2017 09:19 AM ET)
  • MEITNER CP FOA Mod 01 (Last Updated: 11/1/2017 01:19 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

  • MEITNER FOA - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 10/19/2017 10:32 AM ET)

Full Application

  • MEITNER - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 1/31/2018 01:24 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 1/31/2018 01:26 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 2/1/2018 02:48 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 1/31/2018 01:27 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 1/31/2018 01:26 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 2/1/2018 02:50 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 1/31/2018 01:29 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 1/31/2018 01:30 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 1/31/2018 01:32 PM ET)
  • TEA Workbook (Last Updated: 1/31/2018 01:25 PM ET)
  • TEA Workbook Webinar Link and Slides (Last Updated: 2/5/2018 11:42 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: 12/4/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/15/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 4/20/2018 5:00 PM ET – 4/26/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001797: Innovative Natural-Gas Technologies for Efficiency Gain in Reliable and Affordable Thermochemical Electricity-Generation (INTEGRATE)

The objective of the INTEGRATE Program is to reduce the cost and increase the primary energy efficiency associated with the provision of electric power to commercial and industrial end users. In this program, ARPA-E seeks to develop natural gas-fueled distributed electric generation systems that offer fuel to electric power conversion efficiencies in excess of 70%. The INTEGRATE program will focus on hybrid system designs that integrate a fuel cell with a heat or reactive engine for ultra-high efficiency at competitive costs. This FOA seeks to encourage the development of the enabling technologies that will make these hybrid systems a reality, and a successful INTEGRATE program will provide highly flexible distributed energy technology options with unprecedented efficiency and lower emissions than today's fossil-fuel generated electricity. Furthermore, the technologies that this program seeks to develop are also expected to have broad electric-power-generation and transportation market applications.

ARPA-E recognizes the significance of system cost with respect to commercialization; a highly efficient and flexible system must also be economically attractive to customers and manufacturers. Hence, the simultaneous attainment of conversion efficiency and installed cost targets that would yield attractive financial returns for all stakeholders will be the major focus of the INTEGRATE Program.

In pursuit of the above-mentioned economic and environmental benefits, ARPA-E seeks to encourage the development of distributed generation systems of ≥100 kW that have electric efficiencies in excess of 70% on a lower heating value (LHV) basis and an installed cost to the end user of less than $1.8/W. ARPA-E’s market analysis suggests that the simultaneous attainment of these efficiency and cost targets could yield a 1 Quad/year annual reduction in the primary energy[1] that our nation uses to generate its electric power. This reduction would translate into a $3B/year fuel cost savings for the US economy.

Additionally, the envisioned hybrid systems technologies would operate in a water neutral manner in that the systems would self-generate any water required for operation. This feature is in stark contrast to the water-based cooling systems utilized in many of our utility-scale thermoelectric power plants. Consequently, a water-savings of 4 billion gallons per day (~1% of our total fresh water withdrawal) would be commensurate with the above-mentioned fuel savings. This water-savings would translate into another $~2B/year in cost savings for the US economy.

In order to accelerate the development of technologies that could enable this unprecedented thermoeconomic performance, ARPA-E is encouraging the development of the requisite system and component technologies. It is anticipated that such technologies would include advanced integrated engine/balance-of-plant (BOP) concepts, advanced fuel cell stack concepts and manufacturing approaches, advanced BOP components (e.g. high temperature heat exchangers), and advanced control system technologies.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primary_energy

Documents

  • INTEGRATE FOA - Full Application (Last Updated: 11/1/2017 03:29 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • INTEGRATE FOA - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 7/26/2017 02:06 PM ET)
  • INTEGRATE FOA - Concept Paper Mod 01 (Last Updated: 7/27/2017 10:57 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

  • INTEGRATE FOA - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 7/26/2017 02:08 PM ET)

Full Application

  • INTEGRATE - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 12/12/2017 10:29 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 11/1/2017 03:00 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 11/29/2017 08:56 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 11/1/2017 03:04 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 11/1/2017 03:02 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 11/1/2017 03:04 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 11/1/2017 02:59 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 11/1/2017 03:05 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 11/1/2017 03:05 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: 9/11/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/18/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 1/30/2018 5:00 PM ET – 2/5/2018 5:00 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

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the development of hybrid fuel cell and engine systems for the ultra-high efficiency conversion of natural gas to electricity. The objective of this FOA will be to encourage the development of commercial-scale (>100 kW) Distributed Generation (DG) systems that have fuel to electric power conversion efficiencies in excess of 70% on a Lower Heating Value (LHV) basis. ARPA-E anticipates that the deadline for submission of Concept Papers to this FOA will occur 30 days after its issuance.

The long-term goal of the program will be to reduce the cost and increase the primary energy efficiency associated with the provision of electric power to commercial and industrial customers. The achievement of the aggressive efficiency (>70%) and installed cost (<$1800/kW) goals required to enable a targeted >1 Quad/year of fuel energy savings will require the development of new component technologies and systems approaches for the integration of fuel cells with heat or reactive engines.

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

The primary focus of the FOA will be the development of enabling component and sub-system technologies pertinent to the fuel cell or the engine or both of the sub-systems. Such technologies may include (but are not limited to) novel fuel cell stack designs, cost-effective and high efficiency engine/turbine component designs, highly integrated balance of plant designs, and demonstrations of system controls. If the development of these technologies proceeds at the desired rate, ARPA-E may also continue support through full-scale (≥ 100 kW) hybrid system development.

In order to realize the program goals, ARPA‐E aims to bring together diverse engineering and scientific communities, including researchers in the fields of electrochemistry, mechanical/thermal systems design and modeling, and systems integration and controls so that they can model, design, develop, and demonstrate the required component and system performances and engage the stakeholders required to introduce the new hybrid systems technologies into the marketplace.

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 May 26, 2017. 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 June 2017, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • Hybrid Systems - Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 5/26/2017 01:30 PM ET)

Teaming Partners

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

RFI-0000031: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: MEITNER

Webinar:  In this webinar, ARPA-E Program Director Rachel Slaybaugh provides an overview of the Modeling-Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration (MEITNER) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=video-other/arpa-e-meitner-foa-overview-webinar


The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support R&D on advanced nuclear reactor technologies that enable safe, secure, and flexible energy production by nuclear fission with dramatically lower capital and operating costs. These technologies are expected to be deployed for electricity production and/or uses such as production of industrial process heat or desalination.

Nuclear power plants currently provide nearly 20% of the total U.S. electricity generation with 99 operating nuclear reactors for a total installed capacity of 98.7 GW. These nuclear plants are all conventional, light-water cooled reactors (LWRs), which have been the workhorse of the nuclear industry for several decades now. However, nuclear power in the U.S. is facing significant challenges of high operational and maintenance costs, the impending retirement of power plants as reactors near the end of their operational lifetimes, and very slow, expensive construction of new LWR power plants to replace retirements or supplement the existing fleet.

The U.S. and many other countries around the world have explored new reactor types beyond LWR technology, including different coolants, moderators, fuels, and reactor core designs. These advanced reactor concepts are commonly called “Gen IV” nuclear reactors. While there is great promise for advanced Gen IV designs, there remain a large number of technical challenges – ranging from understanding of fundamental issues in materials to systems-level engineering for safe, practical, and economical construction and operation – before they are ready for deployment.

ARPA-E is planning a new R&D program seeking innovative designs of advanced nuclear power plants and computational validations of these designs that can achieve safe, secure, and economical power production. The envisioned program seeks transformative designs and manufacturing technologies to achieve semi-autonomous “walk-away safe” and secure operation; extremely low construction capital costs; and dramatically faster construction and commissioning times based on technologies such as modular assemblies and factory manufacturing. The program seeks cross-disciplinary teams of innovators from the nuclear community and other scientific and engineering disciplines to instill new, creative approaches in solving fundamental challenges in nuclear power plant design, construction, and operation. Success in this program will establish a set of high-fidelity designs of new advanced nuclear reactors and set a path for the U.S. to lead the world in “Gen IV and beyond” nuclear power technologies.

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

Factory manufacturing of safety-grade and/or large componentsLoad following and grid integrationGeneration of co-products such as industrial process heat, desalination, or hydrogenAdvanced construction techniques Reactor physics, neutronics, and shieldingStructural and functional materials Chemistry, chemical interactions, corrosion, and coolant chemistry controlNuclear fuel design, fabrication, and performancePower conversion, heat transportSensors, instrumentation, controls, autonomous operation, roboticsDiagnostics and prognosticsSafety, severe accidents, environmental impactsTechno-economic analysisNuclear security and safeguardsUsed fuel and waste managementAdvanced/emerging technologies (such as advanced manufacturing)

Major experimental activities will not be funded under this program. However, it is the intent of ARPA-E to identify key experiments that need to be performed to validate the innovative designs in order to retire the key technical risks associated with the nuclear power plant designs. The proposal teams are encouraged to leverage other DOE Office of Nuclear Energy programs such as the GAIN (Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear) initiative (https://gain.inl.gov) to perform such experiments either during or after completion of the program.

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

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting May 26, 2017. 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 for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA-E will not pay for the provision of any information, nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information. Responses submitted to other email addresses or by other means will not be considered.

This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued in July 2017, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • Designs for Advanced Modular Nuclear Reactors - Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 5/26/2017 12:58 PM ET)

Teaming Partners

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

DE-FOA-0001738: SAVING ENERGY NATIONWIDE IN STRUCTURES WITH OCCUPANCY RECOGNITION (SENSOR) (SBIR/STTR)

This program aims to dramatically reduce the amount of energy used for heating and cooling residential buildings (by 30%) via user-transparent sensor systems that accurately sense human presence (not merely motion). This program also aims to reduce energy usage in commercial buildings (also by 30%) by enabling ventilation control based on sensor systems that can accurately count the number of humans in a pre-determined zone. If these sensing technologies can be widely deployed with disruptively low price targets and failure rates, a significantly lower usage of energy will result without impact to comfort of the occupants of the space. Heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) reduction is only one way energy can be saved; such human presence sensing and people counting will enable drastic improvements in the way buildings communicate with and respond to their occupants.

The accuracy, reliability, and cost requirements to deliver such substantial energy savings are far beyond the limits of sensor systems available today. However, ARPA-E believes that by building on recent trends in improved performance and reduced cost in low-power consumer electronics and wireless communication technologies, it is possible to achieve the required performance levels through a focused push in the SENSOR program. Supporting systems currently exist (i.e., thermostats/controls, variable air volume systems, etc.) that could utilize data from such sensor systems to achieve the program’s energy reduction targets today, with only slight modifications. In order to ensure impact for the new sensor systems, significant adoption barriers must be identified and clearly understood, technical paths to overcome these barriers must be defined, and real-world performance of these technical solutions validated.

This program aims to dramatically reduce the amount of energy used for heating and cooling residential buildings (by 30%) via user-transparent sensor systems that accurately sense human presence (not merely motion). This program also aims to reduce energy usage in commercial buildings (also by 30%) by enabling ventilation control based on sensor systems that can accurately count the number of humans in a pre-determined zone. If these sensing technologies can be widely deployed with disruptively low price targets and failure rates, a significantly lower usage of energy will result without impact to comfort of the occupants of the space. Heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) reduction is only one way energy can be saved; such human presence sensing and people counting will enable drastic improvements in the way buildings communicate with and respond to their occupants.

The accuracy, reliability, and cost requirements to deliver such substantial energy savings are far beyond the limits of sensor systems available today. However, ARPA-E believes that by building on recent trends in improved performance and reduced cost in low-power consumer electronics and wireless communication technologies, it is possible to achieve the required performance levels through a focused push in the SENSOR program. Supporting systems currently exist (i.e., thermostats/controls, variable air volume systems, etc.) that could utilize data from such sensor systems to achieve the program’s energy reduction targets today, with only slight modifications. In order to ensure impact for the new sensor systems, significant adoption barriers must be identified and clearly understood, technical paths to overcome these barriers must be defined, and real-world performance of these technical solutions validated.

Documents

  • SENSOR SBIR/STTR - Full Application FOA (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 03:35 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SENSOR SBIR/STTR FOA - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 1/18/2017 03:12 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

  • SENSOR SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 1/18/2017 03:17 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SENSOR SBIR/STTR - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/13/2017 09:23 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:27 PM ET)
  • SENSOR SBIR/STTR - Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:28 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:29 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:29 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:31 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:32 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:33 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:34 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:36 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: 3/17/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/21/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 10/9/2017 5:00 PM ET – 10/12/2017 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001737: SAVING ENERGY NATIONWIDE IN STRUCTURES WITH OCCUPANCY RECOGNITION (SENSOR)

This program aims to dramatically reduce the amount of energy used for heating and cooling residential buildings (by 30%) via user-transparent sensor systems that accurately sense human presence (not merely motion). This program also aims to reduce energy usage in commercial buildings (also by 30%) by enabling ventilation control based on sensor systems that can accurately count the number of humans in a pre-determined zone. If these sensing technologies can be widely deployed with disruptively low price targets and failure rates, a significantly lower usage of energy will result without impact to comfort of the occupants of the space. Heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) reduction is only one way energy can be saved; such human presence sensing and people counting will enable drastic improvements in the way buildings communicate with and respond to their occupants.

The accuracy, reliability, and cost requirements to deliver such substantial energy savings are far beyond the limits of sensor systems available today. However, ARPA-E believes that by building on recent trends in improved performance and reduced cost in low-power consumer electronics and wireless communication technologies, it is possible to achieve the required performance levels through a focused push in the SENSOR program. Supporting systems currently exist (i.e., thermostats/controls, variable air volume systems, etc.) that could utilize data from such sensor systems to achieve the program’s energy reduction targets today, with only slight modifications. In order to ensure impact for the new sensor systems, significant adoption barriers must be identified and clearly understood, technical paths to overcome these barriers must be defined, and real-world performance of these technical solutions validated.

Documents

  • SENSOR FOA - Full Application (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 03:33 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SENSOR FOA - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 1/18/2017 03:05 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

  • SENSOR FOA - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 1/18/2017 02:41 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SENSOR - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:13 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:15 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:15 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:16 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:17 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:18 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:19 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:20 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/7/2017 04:21 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: 3/17/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/21/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 10/9/2017 5:00 PM ET – 10/12/2017 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001727: CREATING INNOVATIVE AND RELIABLE CIRCUITS USING INVENTIVE TOPOLOGIES AND SEMICONDUCTORS (CIRCUITS)

Development of advanced power electronics with unprecedented functionality, efficiency, reliability, and form factor will help provide the U.S. a critical technological advantage in an increasingly electrified world economy. The CIRCUITS (Creating Innovative and Reliable Circuits Using Inventive Topologies and Semiconductors) program seeks to accelerate the development and deployment of a new class of efficient, lightweight, and reliable power converters based on wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors through transformational system-level advances that enable effective operation at high switching frequency, high temperature, and low loss. Previous efforts by ARPA-E and others have primarily focused on WBG material and device development without focused consideration and redesign of the circuit topology. Such solutions do not fully exploit the potential performance improvements enabled by this new class of power semiconductor devices. Areas of particular interest for the CIRCUITS program include novel circuit topologies, advanced control and drive electronics, and innovative packaging. Such technological breakthroughs would catalyze the adoption of higher performance power converters in various critical applications (motor drives, automotive, power supplies, data centers, aerospace, ship propulsion, rail, distributed energy, and the grid) that offer significant direct and indirect energy savings and emissions reductions across electricity generation, transmission and distribution, and load-side consumption. Coupling novel and advanced circuit topologies with leading edge materials such as WBG semiconductor devices has the capacity to catalyze disruptive improvements for power electronics and subsequently for the U.S. economy.

Documents

  • CIRCUITS FOA - Full Application (Last Updated: 6/12/2017 02:53 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • CIRCUITS FOA - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 1/9/2017 11:54 AM ET)
  • CIRCUITS - Concept Paper - Mod 01 (Last Updated: 1/10/2017 04:46 PM ET)
  • CIRCUITS FOA - Full Application (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 12:33 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

  • CIRCUITS FOA - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 1/9/2017 12:01 PM ET)

Full Application

  • CIRCUITS - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 12:45 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 12:46 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 12:47 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 12:48 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 12:48 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 12:49 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 12:50 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 12:50 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 12:50 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: 2/21/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/1/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 7/14/2017 5:00 PM ET – 7/19/2017 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001736: CREATING INNOVATIVE AND RELIABLE CIRCUITS USING INVENTIVE TOPOLOGIES AND SEMICONDUCTORS (CIRCUITS) (SBIR/STTR)

Development of advanced power electronics with unprecedented functionality, efficiency, reliability, and form factor will help provide the U.S. a critical technological advantage in an increasingly electrified world economy. The CIRCUITS (Creating Innovative and Reliable Circuits Using Inventive Topologies and Semiconductors) program seeks to accelerate the development and deployment of a new class of efficient, lightweight, and reliable power converters based on wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors through transformational system-level advances that enable effective operation at high switching frequency, high temperature, and low loss. Previous efforts by ARPA-E and others have primarily focused on WBG material and device development without focused consideration and redesign of the circuit topology. Such solutions do not fully exploit the potential performance improvements enabled by this new class of power semiconductor devices. Areas of particular interest for the CIRCUITS program include novel circuit topologies, advanced control and drive electronics, and innovative packaging. Such technological breakthroughs would catalyze the adoption of higher performance power converters in various critical applications (motor drives, automotive, power supplies, data centers, aerospace, ship propulsion, rail, distributed energy, and the grid) that offer significant direct and indirect energy savings and emissions reductions across electricity generation, transmission and distribution, and load-side consumption. Coupling novel and advanced circuit topologies with leading edge materials such as WBG semiconductor devices has the capacity to catalyze disruptive improvements for power electronics and subsequently for the U.S. economy.

Documents

  • CIRCUITS SBIR/STTR - Full Application (Last Updated: 6/12/2017 02:54 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • CIRCUITS SBIR/STTR - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 1/9/2017 12:07 PM ET)
  • CIRCUITS SBIR/STTR - Concept Paper - Mod 01 (Last Updated: 1/10/2017 04:47 PM ET)
  • CIRCUITS SBIR/STTR - Full Application (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 01:01 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

  • CIRCUITS - SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 1/9/2017 12:28 PM ET)

Full Application

  • CIRCUITS SBIR/STTR - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 01:10 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 01:11 PM ET)
  • CIRCUITS SBIR/STTR - Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 01:14 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 01:14 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 01:16 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 01:17 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 01:17 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 01:18 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 01:18 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 4/3/2017 01:32 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: 2/21/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/1/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 7/14/2017 5:00 PM ET – 7/19/2017 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001726: MACROALGAE RESEARCH INSPIRING NOVEL ENERGY RESOURCES (MARINER)

The United States has the world’s largest marine Exclusive Economic Zone, an area of ocean along the nation’s coast lines which is equivalent to the total land area of all 50 states. The nation has the potential to utilize this resource to build and grow a thriving marine biomass industry for the production of fuels, chemicals, feed, and food. Growing macroalgal biomass in the oceans offers a unique opportunity to sidestep many of the challenges associated with terrestrial biomass production systems, particularly the growing competition for land and freshwater resources, which are likely to result from the 50 to 100% increase in demand for food expected for 2050. The overall goal of this program is to develop the critical tools that will allow the nascent macroalgae industry in the United States to leverage this tremendous resource and grow into a world leader in the production of marine biomass. The program will focus on developing advanced cultivation technologies that enable the cost and energy efficient production of macroalgal biomass in the ocean at a scale suitable as feedstock for the production of fuels and chemicals. The challenge is to dramatically reduce capital and operating cost of macroalgae cultivation, while significantly increasing the range of deployment by expanding into more exposed, off-shore environments. Specifically, this program is interested in new designs and approaches to macroalgae cultivation, with harvesting and transport being an integral part of such systems. These new systems may leverage new material and engineering solutions, and autonomous and robotic operations, as well as advanced sensing and monitoring capabilities. To further accelerate the development and deployment of such systems, the program will also focus on the development of computational modeling tools and ocean- deployable sensor platforms, as well as advanced macroalgal breeding tools. ARPA-E expects that the MARINER program will support development of technologies that will accelerate the deployment of advanced ocean farming systems capable of delivering renewable biomass feedstock at a cost competitive with terrestrial biomass feedstocks.

Documents

  • MARINER FOA - Full Application (Last Updated: 6/12/2017 02:58 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • MARINER FOA - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 1/4/2017 04:37 PM ET)
  • MARINER FOA - Full Application (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:21 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

  • MARINER FOA - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2016 12:02 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:32 AM ET)
  • MARINER - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:32 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:34 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:35 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:35 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:35 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:35 AM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:36 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:36 AM ET)

Contact Information

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

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/14/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/15/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 7/28/2017 5:00 PM ET – 8/2/2017 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001714: FACSIMILE APPEARANCE TO CREATE ENERGY SAVINGS (FACES)

The Department of Energy has cancelled Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001714. Any pending applications made under this announcement will not be further considered. The cancellation of this funding opportunity is based on programmatic priorities and does not represent an assessment of the technical merits of any proposals submitted in response to the funding opportunity.

Current ARPA-E and other Department of Energy funding opportunities are posted on grants.gov. ARPA-E funding opportunities are also posted on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov). Please address any questions on these funding opportunities to the person or office listed on the respective announcement.

Documents

  • FACES FOA - Full Application - 09.01.2017 (Last Updated: 9/1/2017 08:56 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • FACES FOA - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 12/8/2016 02:52 PM ET)
  • FACES FOA - Concept Paper Mod 01 (Last Updated: 1/10/2017 04:43 PM ET)
  • FACES FOA - Full Application - 03.10.2017 (Last Updated: 3/10/2017 01:26 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

  • FACES FOA - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/8/2016 02:53 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 3/10/2017 01:13 PM ET)
  • FACES - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 3/10/2017 01:15 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 3/10/2017 01:17 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 3/10/2017 01:17 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 3/10/2017 01:18 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 3/10/2017 01:18 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/10/2017 01:18 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 3/10/2017 01:19 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/10/2017 01:19 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: 1/17/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/24/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 6/9/2017 5:00 PM ET – 6/16/2017 5:00 PM ET

RFI-0000030: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) tentatively entitled Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR) to fund the development of novel occupancy and people counting sensors. Such hardware can lead to significant energy savings for heating and cooling in both residential and commercial scenarios, with additional energy savings possible via enabling demand controlled ventilation in the commercial scenarios. In addition, methods and facilities to accurately validate the sensor performance and resulting energy savings in quasi- and real- world scenarios is included.

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 SENSOR FOA. The anticipated FOA will provide specific program goals, technical metrics, selection criteria, and other terms and requirements. The anticipated FOA terms will be controlling. ARPA-E anticipates that the deadline for submission of Concept Papers will occur 30 days after issuance of the anticipated FOA. For purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the anticipated FOA:

The technical goals of the anticipated FOA will be centered on the development of novel sensor systems that can be validated to return occupancy and people counting data with certainty (i.e. high-accuracy and low-failure rates) at cost suitable for market adoption. “Sensor” as used here means the actual hardware sensor component(s), any on-board algorithms or hardware needed to turn the sensing signals into an accurate binary (for residential) or occupant count (for commercial, as described below); an industry accepted open-source method for communicating that information outside of the sensor system including encryption (wi-fi, BLE, or the like); a power source; and any additional nodes (in the case of a wireless sensor networks) needed to compile and transmit the information to building controls, such as a thermostat or a building automation system (BAS).

Two use cases have been identified. For the residential case, a whole home binary occupation signal is required, with this requirement the system must distinguish between humans and their pets. This occupancy signal will be used to change the temperature setbacks to “away” mode, and then automatically back to “occupied” mode when the home is again occupied. The user will not need to ever interact with the thermostat’s scheduling function as the occupancy controlled auto-scheduling will be “correct” almost all of the time, in accordance with the technical program metrics. In the commercial case where buildings are ventilated, there is an additional opportunity; energy used for ventilation is as least as significant as that used for heating and cooling, and the required ventilation level for a commercial space can be vary depending on how many people are occupying a specific HVAC (“heating, cooling, and ventilation”) zone, according to building standards. If the number of people are known for each zone, the ventilation can be tailored to be adequate without massively over-ventilating the space. In order to enhance user adoption, the development of similarly low cost, stable, and easy-to-deploy CO2 sensors is in scope of this work to address concerns regarding indoor air quality (IAQ), even if they cannot be used to accurately measure occupancy directly.

In order to realize the goals of the SENSOR program, ARPA‐E aims to bring together diverse engineering and scientific communities, including but not limited to sensor materials development, sensor device development, ultra-low power electronics platforms, distributed sensing systems, distributed wireless networks, advanced algorithm development, automated buildings, smart buildings, energy efficient buildings, indoor air quality (“IAQ”), HVAC control systems, and others. This includes input from the end-users of such technologies in the HVAC space, such as HVAC system fabricators, building managers, energy utilities, and the like. In addition, communities regarding the real-world testing and validation of such sensors, including validating the energy saved, are sought.

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.

This 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 November 2016. This 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 for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA-E will not pay for the provision of any information, nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information. Responses submitted to other email addresses or by other means will not be considered.

This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued in January 2017, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR) - Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 11/21/2016 05:00 PM ET)

Teaming Partners

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

RFI-0000029: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Creating Innovative and Reliable Circuits Using Inventive Topologies and Semiconductors (CIRCUITS)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) tentatively entitled: Creating Innovative and Reliable Circuits Using Inventive Topologies and Semiconductors (CIRCUITS) to fund the development of disruptive advanced circuit topologies using fundamentally higher performing wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductor devices that lead to more efficient, more reliable, smaller, lighter, and lower cost electric power conversion systems. The overall goal of the CIRCUITS program will be to improve the efficiency of electric power conversion across a wide range of applications by overcoming the limitations of conventional silicon-based circuits through the holistic development of circuit topologies, controls, packaging, and application specific architectures that take full advantage of the inherent energy efficiency of WBG devices.

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 CIRCUITS FOA. The anticipated FOA will provide specific program goals, technical metrics, selection criteria, and other terms and requirements. The anticipated FOA terms will be controlling. ARPA-E anticipates that the deadline for submission of Concept Papers will occur 30 days after issuance of the anticipated FOA. For purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the anticipated FOA:

The technical goals of the anticipated FOA will be centered on the development of electric power converters with advanced circuit topology, control & drive electronics, and packaging that take full advantage of WBG devices to demonstrate transformational improvements over state-of-the-art in relative loss, size, weight, reliability, and cost while maintaining EMI compliance. Additionally, application specific architectures that take advantage of transformational electric power converters to improve the energy efficiency in wide range of applications areas including, but not limited to: solar & wind, high/medium voltage DC distribution, hybrid/electric vehicles, EV chargers, data centers and power supplies, motor drives and HVAC, solid state lighting, aerospace, and rail & ship propulsion are of interest in the FOA. It is envisioned that the desired efficiency improvement may be achieved directly, through inherently more efficient and cost-effective electric power conversion circuit designs, and indirectly, by enabling the accelerated adoption of higher efficiency sources and loads.

Currently, ARPA-E anticipates that the FOA will target research in: (1) innovative circuit topologies, (2) advanced gate drive and control electronics, (3) 3D or other novel packaging, (4) advanced thermal design with passive/active cooling, (5) application specific system architectures, and (6) electromagnetic modeling.

In order to realize the goals of the CIRCUITS program, ARPA‐E aims to bring together diverse engineering and scientific communities, including but not limited to circuit designers, power electronics engineers, application engineers, RF engineers, IC designers, software and firmware engineers, system architects, system installers, grid power electronics, pulsed power scientists and engineers, thermal management and mechanical engineers, packaging and module engineers, electromagnetic interference-compliance engineers, physicists, test engineers, product engineers, WBG device engineers, and facilities and operations engineers.

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

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting November 16, 2016. 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 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 2016, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

Teaming Partners

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

DE-FOA-0001695: Request for Information (RFI) on Understanding the Commercialization of Transformational Energy Technologies Through Private Capital

Overview and Purpose:

ARPA-E is focused on funding new, transformational energy technologies and facilitating awardees’ efforts to bring those technologies to market. Most successful ARPA-E performers will eventually need private capital to bring their inventions and innovations to market. Traditional “Venture Capital” funding has decreased by over 50% in the past 5 years for early-stage clean energy ventures[1]. However, there is significant private capital in the U.S. economy that could be available to support this sector[2].

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from the broader private sector community and other stakeholders on their actual experiences related to: 1) either investing or declining to invest private capital in an early-stage energy enterprise; 2) either succeeding or failing to obtain private capital as an early stage enterprise; and 3) how government grant based capital either assisted or hindered the process. ARPA-E intends to use information that is responsive to this RFI on a non-attribution basis 1) to guide planning and execution of an upcoming ARPA-E public workshop on private capital financing mechanisms (venture, corporate and other funding); 2) for potential dissemination to the broader energy enterprise and stakeholder community; and 3) to strengthen potential new ARPA-E initiatives that would facilitate more private investment in emerging energy technologies.

Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments. In particular, ARPA-E is interested in receiving responses from the following types of experienced experts: 1) for-profit investors and 2) energy technology firms seeking post-grant phase funding from for-profit investors. For-profit investors include “angels”, venture capital, corporations, family offices, multilaterals and developmental institutions that have made recent investments or are considering making investments in early stage energy technologies/companies. ARPA-E welcomes factual information/comments specified in the questions below.

ARPA-E will not provide funding or compensation for any information submitted in response to this RFI. This RFI is not seeking/accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives, and a response to this RFI will not be viewed as a binding commitment to develop or pursue the ideas discussed. No material submitted for review will be returned. ARPA-E intends to summarize, for public release, the information submitted to response to this RFI on a non-attribution basis. ARPA-E will not publish a public compendium of each response received. ARPA-E has no obligation to respond to those who submit comments, and/or give feedback on any decision made based on the responses received.

Background:

Over the past seven years, ARPA-E has awarded over $1.25 billion applied research investments aimed at transformational energy inventions and innovation. Private capital is needed to usher these technologies into the marketplace. While ARPA-E project teams have demonstrated success in moving their early-stage energy technologies beyond their ARPA-E funded outcomes[3], the available private capital is trending negative (Figure 1). On the other hand, there are several new for-profit and nonprofit investment trends in both early and later stage energy investments that portend innovation in this capital sector.

Figure 1 – Cleantech investment funding by stage each quarter 2011-2014, PWC CleanTech[4] (see Document)

What is the opportunity?

ARPA-E believes that the stakeholders’ interest in participation has grown significantly since 2015 with new financial intermediaries, new hard technology venture capitalists, growing end user awareness and local governmental initiatives on energy resiliency. There is also interest in the role of public policy to encourage and sustain the continuous progress of innovative energy technologies throughout this cycle by reducing or eliminating pervasive obstacles to the flow of capital[5].


Figure 2 – Energy Innovation Cycle (see Document)

In an attempt to understand the implications of the up-trending curve, ARPA-E has initiated a strategic review of private capital financing mechanisms among the prevailing practices and experiences of vintage investors and energy technology firms to evaluate the risks and opportunities within the current system. Responses to the RFI will assist ARPA-E in specifying the problems its technically successful project teams face in the existing “valley of death”[6] in available investment capital, and from this developing options for ARPA-E to consider in its role as a critical enabler in the technology maturation value chain.

In January 2017, ARPA-E plans a public workshop of experts in financial engineering to address mechanisms (venture, corporate and other funding) that would facilitate more private investments in emerging energy technologies. The anonymized responses to this RFI will enable ARPA-E to characterize an investment framework to share with the participants in an open discussion of relevant mechanisms that represent all the stakeholder objectives. A goal of the workshop will be examination of framework mechanisms that are related to financial engineering mechanisms, investment criteria, infrastructure, public policies and other capacity related enablers. Additionally, components of a new investment framework will be developed and debated by the participants for potential dissemination to the broader Government and private sector community.

Invited participants will include a broad spectrum of stakeholders to participate at the workshop: 1) capital sources (coalition groups, single family offices, endowments and public pension funds, multilateral and development institutions); 2) financial intermediaries (tax experts, insurance, credit enhancement, investment bankers, etc.); and 3) commercialization ecosystem (entrepreneurs, corporate executives and accelerators/ incubators, etc.).

ARPA-E’s objective for this work is to strategically understand and act on opportunities for delivering the best value through its projects during a time of evolving structure in investments for clean energy technology. The first step in the process after the workshop will be to communicate the results of this RFI and the workshop at the ARPA-E Innovation Summit in Feb/March 2017. Subsequently, empirical evidence will be presented in the form of whitepapers or published articles that highlight what was learned about the new frameworks and/or mechanisms that could mobilize capital into early stage energy technology development and commercialization.

Guidelines:

Responses to this RFI should be submitted in Word format by e-mail only to ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on January 13, 2017 February 24, 2017.

Please insert “Responses for RFI Number DE-FOA-0001695” 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.

For the two categories below (A and B), each contains four topics (“Investments Made”, “Investments Not Made”, etc.). Responses to this RFI must not exceed 2 pages per topic (single space, Times Roman 12-point font size).

Your response may contain confidential, proprietary, or privileged information that is exempt from public disclosure, provided such information is specifically marked as proprietary. Such marked information shall be used or disclosed only for evaluation purposes. The Government may use or disclose without restriction any information that is not appropriately marked or otherwise restricted, regardless of source.

ARPA-E may follow-up with any submitter, as needed, to clarify or obtain additional specificity concerning responses to this RFI.


Categories of Interest:

ARPA-E is interested in receiving information on the two categories outlined below. Responses should present facts based on actual experiences. Opinions on relevant topics (improving funding mechanisms, best investment conditions, best valuation methods, etc.) will be addressed separately at the planned public workshop and other forums/means.

Category A: For-Profit Investment Considerations for Venture, Corporates, Institutional, Family Offices etc.

[Investment Made] What factors are important in decisions to invest in an early stage energy technology entity? Please address the following issues, and others as relevant, using a specific case (or cases) as an example: How was the opportunity discovered? What was the valuation process, investment criteria? What was the recipients’ management depth? How did these factors influence the investment amount and terms?

[Investment Not Made] What factors lead to the rejection of an early stage energy investment after conducting significant due diligence? Please detail an example of a specific technology entity that did not succeed after an investment was made. Please address the following issues related to the entity:How much of the rationale for the investment rejection was the technology, leadership or lack of policy incentives? Please provide details if the technology firm received an investment elsewhere?

[Policy Incentives] How large a factor is it for targeted energy technology firms to have previously received government grants/financial resources? Please address the following issues using a specific example (or examples) of a technology entity you have considered: What are the details of the federal, state, or local grants received? What was the amount, purpose, and government organization that provided funding?How did the receipt of government grants influence the decision to invest into the entity?

[Investment Metrics] What factors would have resulted in an enhancement of your investments into early stage technology firms? How does it differ for hard technology entities?Please address the following related issues: How does the role of government grants improve the risk-return characteristics? What conditions would enhance the risk-return profile? Does co-investments with social and nonprofit investors positively influence the decision to invest?


Category B: Considerations for For-Profit Energy Technology Entities that have received or sought Investments from For-Profit Investors:

[Grant] What factors lead to an early technology entity receiving a federal, state, or local grant or financial resources? Please address the following related issues using a specific example (or examples) from your experience:: What are the details of the federal, state, or local grants received including the amount, purpose, and government organization that provided funding?

How did the government grant process occur? What was the grant impact on your firm’ ability to innovate early stage CR/EE technologies? How did the early stage government grant assist in achieving later stage private capital? How did the process differ from the follow-on funding from for-profit investors?

[Investment Received] What factors have led to successful private capital investment into your firm? What conditions facilitated the meetings with the investors? Please use a specific recent example (or examples) to address these questions and the related issues: What conditions were considered in the due diligence process? valuation discussions? What investment amount was received? What are the different investment standards among the various investor types?

[Investment Rejection] What conditions have led to a for-profit investor rejecting the investment in spite of performing due diligence process? Please use a specific recent example (or examples) to address this question and the following related issues: How extensive was the investment review? What investment did you receive from other investors? What factors led to the investments received from other for profit investors? What policy incentives could have turned the rejection into a positive investment?

[Investment Metrics] What presentation materials and strategy was deployed by your entity to achieve a successful investment from private capital investors? Please address these related issues: What kind of assistance did your entity receive in preparing for investors from ARPA-E or others? What factors did your presentation emphasize - e.g. cost advantage, market scale, location of your firm, prototype, commercialization time frame?How did the due diligence process differ between corporate and private investors? What factors are considered in selecting to partner with corporate investors and private venture capital?

[1] Venture Capital and Cleantech: The Wrong Model for Clean Energy Innovation, An MIT Energy Initiative Working Paper July 2016

[2] Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016, Frankfurt School-UNEP Centre/BNEF. 2016.

[3] https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=news-item/arpa-e-projects-receive-more-125-billion-private-follow-funding-transformational-energy

[4] PwC Cleantech Moneytree Report: Q4 2014. http://www.pwc.com/cleantech

[5] Jenkins, J. & Mansur, S. “Bridging the Clean Energy Valleys of Death”, Breakthrough Institute, November 2011.

[6] Hartley, P. R., & Medlock III, K. B. (2014). The Valley of Death for New Energy Technologies. University of Western Australia, Economics.

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  • Financial_Engineering_RFI_20170112 (Last Updated: 1/12/2017 03:54 PM ET)

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    Responses to this RFI should be submitted in Word format by e-mail only to ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on February 24, 2017.

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0001691: Power Nitride Doping Innovation Offers Devices Enabling SWITCHES (PNDIODES)

The PNDIODES (Power Nitride Doping Innovation Offers Devices Enabling SWITCHES) program seeks to fund transformational advances and mechanistic understanding in the process of selective area doping in the III-Nitride wide band gap (WBG) semiconductor material system and the demonstration of arbitrarily placed, reliable, contactable, and generally useable p-n junction regions that enable high-performance and reliable vertical power electronic semiconductor devices. The microscopic mechanistic understanding and transformational technologies will address the major obstacle in the fabrication of vertical GaN power electronic devices experienced by most of the teams in the ARPA-E SWITCHES (Strategies for Wide Bandgap, Inexpensive Transistors for Controlling High-Efficiency Systems) program. This challenge has been the lack of a viable GaN selective area doping or selective area epitaxial regrowth process that yields material of sufficiently high quality to enable a defect-free p-n junction on patterned GaN surfaces. Success in this area will allow further development of a revolutionary and powerful class of vertical GaN power electronic devices suitable for 1200V to 10kV broad range of applications (consumer electronics, power supplies, solar inverters, wind power, automotive, motor drives, ship propulsion, rail, and the grid).

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  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 10/27/2016 03:57 PM ET)
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    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

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/4/2017 5:00 PM ET
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RFI-0000028: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: DIGITAL TRANSPORTATION

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), tentatively entitled: Digital Transportation. The final FOA is expected to be issued in November 2016. When the FOA is issued, ARPA-E anticipates that the deadline for submission of Concept will occur 30 days after issuance. The overall goal of the Digital Transportation program will be to develop communication technologies that are preferable to physical travel, consistent with ARPA-E’s statutory goals including development of energy technologies that improve energy efficiency, reduce energy-related emissions, and reduce energy imports from foreign sources. To achieve the Digital Transportation program goals, technologies are needed that enable the real-time capture and digitization of extremely detailed communicative information, which, after having been transmitted over a digital information network, can then be reconstructed and displayed in a highly natural and immersive way to a remote observer. 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 forthcoming Digital Transportation FOA will provide specific program goals, technical metrics, selection criteria, and other terms and requirements. For purposes of this Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the FOA:

The technical goals of the anticipated FOA will primarily focus on real-time capture and digitization of extremely detailed communicative information, which can then be reconstructed and displayed in a highly natural and immersive way to a remote observer. All communicative information must be captured, including, but not limited to, shared gaze, facial expressions and microexpressions, all body language, and spatialized audio. This digital reconstruction must be able to be ported across many display modalities, have lighting conditions and viewing angles changed in real time, and enable the comfortable meeting of many individuals at the same time in a split screen or digital environment. The motion capture must be done conveniently, at low cost, and must have the potential to be display-integrated. The digitization and encoding must be done in real time to foster simultaneous live communication, with capture-to-display latencies below 150 ms (including network latencies across the United States). The encoded information is expected to be highly bandwidth efficient, allowing beyond-human-perception levels of resolution and refresh-rate on the display side, both aurally and visually, for less than 1 Mbps of transmitted information per conversation member. The anticipated FOA will also enable the development of complementary technologies that the community justifies as being necessary for the realization of digital transportation. Finally, the anticipated FOA will include a call for studies that aim to definitively and quantitatively establish the set of requirements for digital transportation technologies to be preferable to physical travel, and methods to test and validate progress of these technologies towards travel-reduction. It is envisioned that accomplishing these objectives will allow users to leverage information networks for their communication-based travel needs instead of physically travelling, saving at least one order of magnitude of energy in the process, and potentially saving the United States several percent of the nation’s yearly energy consumption.

ARPA-E anticipates that the FOA will target research in: (1) real-time capture, digitization, and reconstruction of extremely detailed communicative information, of a fidelity commensurate with travel-replacement, with cross-platform display compatibility; (2) complementary technologies proposed as necessary for travel reduction, including but not limited to server-side communication environments, novel display modalities, and stationary capture and digitization tools; and (3) third party testing and validation of digital transportation technologies which will yield clear and quantitative results regarding system performance necessary to replace physical travel and save energy.

In order to realize the goals of the Digital Transportation program, ARPA‐E aims to bring together diverse engineering and scientific communities including, but not limited to, computer-generated imagery and image processing, modular software architectures, machine perception and motion capture technologies, visual display technologies, human movement physiology, real-time communication server-side management, parallel processing and GPU-based visual rendering, user interface and user experience, telecommunication companies, internet companies, scholarly validation of travel-replacement criteria, and business management and other related researchers that can develop and test the new digital transportation technologies such that they are successful in the marketplace in ultimately replacing travel and saving energy.

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 in November 2016. 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 November 2016, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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  • Digital Transportation - Teaming Partner List (Last Updated: 10/20/2016 03:20 PM ET)

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DE-FOA-0001683: Request for Information (RFI) on Grid Optimization Competition Design

On November 7, ARPA-E hosted a webinar on this RFI. To view a recording of the webinar and the slides presented, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbOBzwbxXCwAs.

ARPA-E seeks input on the design of a competition (carried out in multiple phases) to accelerate the development and comprehensive evaluation of new solution methods for grid optimization. Specifically, ARPA-E seeks to provide a platform for the identification of transformational and disruptive methods for solving power system optimization problems including Security Constrained Optimal Power Flow (OPF) and Security Constrained Unit Commitment (UC). Algorithms that perform well in the proposed competition will enable increased grid flexibility, reliability and safety, while also significantly increasing economic and energy security, energy efficiency and substantially reducing the costs of integrating variable renewable generation technologies into the electric power system in the United States.

With this RFI, ARPA-E is soliciting opinions regarding various details of the competition design—including the baseline problem specifications, competition rules, eligibility for participation, scoring metrics, criteria for winning, prize structure and online competition computational platform design details. ARPA-E is anticipating total prize money in this competition of $3,500,000, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Designing a competition that identifies and validates the most promising new grid optimization solution methods in a fair and transparent manner is critically important.

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 competition and program planning, without attribution. THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THIS NOTICE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA) OR INITIATION OF A COMPETITION. NO FOA OR COMPETITION EXISTS AT THIS TIME. Respondents shall not include any information in their response to this RFI that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

Background:

Reliable operation of electric power systems requires the real-time matching of instantaneous electricity generation and demand. Achieving a continuous match between supply and demand requires utilities, grid operators, and other stakeholders to use a variety of sophisticated optimization algorithms operating across a wide range of timescales. A number of emerging trends, including the integration of high penetrations of renewable electricity generation, changing electricity demand patterns, and the improving cost effectiveness of distributed energy resources (including storage), will substantially alter the operation and control of electric grids over the next several decades. This expected growth in system complexity will require the development of substantially improved software optimization and control tools to assist grid operators, and deliver the societal benefits of improved grid performance.

Many new grid optimization methods have been proposed in the research community in recent years.[1],[2],[3],[4] In addition, many claims have been made regarding the possible practical benefits that these new algorithms might offer utilities and grid system operators. Today, it is extremely difficult to compare strengths and weaknesses of different proposed approaches. The vast majority of reports only test new algorithms on relatively small-scale models that often must be heavily modified to satisfy the modeling requirements for each algorithm. Computational experiments are also typically conducted on a wide range of computational systems (ranging from commodity laptops to large-scale clusters with many thousands of nodes). Variations in modeling assumptions further complicate the comparability of algorithm testing results (for example, what types of contingency constraints are included and/or how normal vs. emergency ratings are considered). Even small changes in how specific constraints are modeled or which constraints are considered can have significant implications for algorithm performance and solution quality. A new paradigm for the testing and evaluation of emerging grid optimization algorithms is needed to accelerate the adoption of these transformational techniques by industry.

This competition seeks to lay the foundation for that change. In particular, ARPA-E is considering filling this gap through the establishment of a prize competition, executed in multiple phases, using a common computational platform for the fair and consistent evaluation of new algorithms. The existence of this platform will accelerate the use and widespread adoption of new power system optimization and control approaches. As currently envisioned, success will require competitors to demonstrate the applicability and strength of new algorithms across a wide range of system operating conditions.

Initially, the competition is expected to focus on the central optimization challenge underlying a wide range of grid planning and operations tools: the security constrained Optimal Power Flow (OPF) problem. Simply stated, the OPF problem is that of finding the optimal dispatch settings for power generation, flexible customer demand, energy storage, and grid control equipment that maximize one or more grid objectives.[5],[6],[7] In order to be deployable, the recommended settings must satisfy all physical constraints of electric power infrastructure and applicable operating standards (including, for example, minimum/maximum voltages at each bus, minimum/maximum power generation from all generators, thermal transmission constraints, and constraints related to the security of the system when contingencies occur). For a more complete history and formal problem formulation, we refer the reader to a history authored by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).[8]

The core OPF solution methods predominantly used in industry today were designed in an era when computers were far less capable and more costly than they are currently and formal general purpose optimization solvers were in their infancy. Grid operators, power system software vendors, and the research community were required to make a range of simplifying assumptions, most commonly a set of linearizing assumptions which ignore voltage and reactive power optimization, referred to as “DC-OPF.”[9] Many proprietary variations on these algorithms have been developed over the past several decades by industry vendors. Despite improvements in DC-OPF formulations and solvers, there are no tools currently in widespread use in industry that use the full AC power flow equations (without linearizing assumptions) and simultaneously co-optimize both real and reactive power generation (known as “AC-OPF”).

The OPF tools in use today often result in conservative solutions that additionally must be iteratively checked for physical feasibility before implementation. The development and demonstration at scale of OPF solution methods providing physically feasible solutions and capable of optimizing both real and reactive power generation and demand within the time limits required for practical application remains an open, unsolved problem. Achieving these capabilities are expected to become increasingly critical in the future as electricity systems evolve, especially as OPF becomes increasingly important in the context of electric distribution systems.

Improved OPF algorithms could yield significant benefits. For example, recent studies have suggested that enhanced OPF algorithms could offer as much as 5–10% reductions in total U.S. electricity cost due to the alleviation of grid congestion (corresponding to $6–$19B saved depending on energy prices).[10] In addition, the full realization of the potential benefits of renewable generation as well as recently developed electric transmission power-flow controllers, distribution automation technologies, distributed generation, energy storage, and demand-side control will require more complex grid operation optimization and dispatch algorithms. Further, as the number of controllable resources connected to electric power systems (at both transmission and distribution voltages) grows substantially, distributed or decentralized versions of OPF algorithms could become increasingly important. The importance of new “AC-OPF” methods was also recently recognized by the National Academies.[11]

There are reasons to believe that recent advances could enable significantly improved OPF software. Dramatic improvements in computational power and advancements in optimization solvers in recent years have prompted research on new approaches to grid operation and new approaches to solving OPF and other grid optimization problems.[12] Since the turn of the millennium, the performance of the most powerful supercomputers has increased by almost four orders of magnitude (while the cost per computational step has dropped by approximately the same factor).[13],[14] Improvements in optimization and search methods have evolved similarly, especially those related to Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) and heuristic-based optimization methods. The relative speed of commercial general-purpose solvers such as CPLEX and GUROBI has also increased by over three orders of magnitude on fixed hardware.[15],[16] Cloud computing which can be used to leverage many of these gains, has also started to gain more widespread interest within the power system engineering community.[17]

In tandem, many new approaches to solving OPF problems have been proposed in the literature in recent years; it appears increasingly likely that scalable and more accurate approaches to solving the OPF problem may be within reach. For example, fast and accurate convex relaxations have been formulated where the global minimum can be found efficiently using semi-definite and second order cone programming.[18],[19],[20],[21] Often it can be shown that these relaxations give global solutions to the original, non-convex problem.[22],[23] Distributed and parallelizable OPF algorithms have also been proposed, for example, using the Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers (ADMM), suggesting that OPF solution algorithms can be designed that leverage more advanced computational hardware.[24],[25],[26] These same algorithms could enable the real-time coordination and/or optimization of large numbers of distributed energy resources. Finally, many unique methodologies using techniques such as genetic algorithms, neural networks, fuzzy algorithms and holomorphic embedding have also emerged, claiming, in many cases, to revolutionize solution methods for OPF. [27],[28]

Looking beyond OPF, the Unit Commitment (UC) problem is also critically important and relies, in part, on an OPF solver.[29] The UC problem focuses on making multi-period (typically 24-72 hour ahead) generation commitment decisions such as generator start-up and shutdown while also respecting generation ramp and other intertemporal constraints. Similar to OPF, Unit Commitment has also been the subject of intense research over the past decade and many new solution methods have been proposed, particularly focusing on solving the problem in the context of higher uncertainty due to growth in renewable generation.[30],[31] Traditionally, the UC problem has been viewed as a more difficult problem to solve since it involves binary decisions. Though, as more equipment with discrete controls are taken into account by OPF algorithms, the differentiation between those two problems is becoming less distinct. ARPA-E envisions that a UC algorithm competition would naturally follow and extend an OPF competition.

Despite numerous recent research projects and papers on improved OPF and UC solution strategies, most new advances have struggled to mature past the early-research stage. Few mechanisms currently exist to allow for the direct comparison of different solution methods; most recent advances remain non-validated on realistic, large-scale test models. It is difficult to know the precise relative strengths, weaknesses and operational limits of different algorithms.

Formal prize competitions appear to be an attractive mechanism for facilitating the development and comprehensive evaluations of new OPF and UC algorithms. Many other optimization and algorithm-intensive technical domains have successfully employed prize competitions to accelerate algorithm development and validation.[32],[33],[34] When objectives are clear and measurable and there exists a large population of potential solution providers, competitions have a number of advantages over traditional research grants. When employed properly, they can result in better solutions, more efficient use of funding, and engagement across broad communities of stakeholders. [35] Indeed, research at Harvard Business School has provided strong evidence that prize competitions can lead to faster, more efficient, and more-creative problem solving.[36] Prizes often also attract surplus investment, time, and talent from motivated participants. For example, teams competing for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE collectively spent over $100 million to develop reusable manned spacecraft. Successful prize competitions that produce vetted solutions can also create momentum towards more ambitious programs and greater financial involvement from the private sector. Since the Ansari X PRIZE concluded in 2004, $1.5 billion has been invested in the nascent space taxi industry.[37] Prize competitions can also increase the number and the diversity of entities that are addressing difficult challenges.

By bridging across disciplines and involving the private sector through problem definition, financial sponsorship, judging, and commercialization, prize competitions create communities in ways that grants cannot achieve.

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 a future competition related to grid optimization algorithm development.[1] 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 broad research community and industry stakeholders with an opportunity to contribute views and opinions regarding the design of multiple phases of a grid optimization algorithm focused competition. Based on the input provided in response to this RFI and other considerations, ARPA-E may decide to launch a substantial prize competition and/or decide to release a separate “Proposal Track” FOA related to this competition (to support algorithm development). If a separate FOA is published related to the competition, it will be issued under a new FOA number. No FOA or competition exists at this time. ARPA-E reserves the right to not issue a FOA in this area and not initiate a prize competition in this area.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDLINES:

ARPA-E is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives, or competition entries under this RFI. Responses to this RFI will not be viewed as any commitment by the respondent to develop ideas discussed or enter any future competition. ARPA-E may decide at a later date to issue a FOA or initiate a prize competition based on consideration of the input received from this RFI. 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 reserves the right to contact a respondent to request clarification or other information relevant to this RFI. All responses provided will be taken into consideration, 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 or Word format to the email address ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on November 22, 2016. ARPA-E will not review or consider comments submitted by other means. Emails should conform to the following guidelines:

Please insert “Responses for Grid Optimization Competition RFI” in the subject line of your email, and include:

your nametitleorganizationtype 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 addresstelephone numberarea of expertise in the body of your email

Responses to this RFI are limited to no more than 50 pages in length (12 point font size). Though, shorter, concise responses are encouraged.Responders are strongly encouraged to include preliminary results, data, and figures that support their perspectives but shall not include any information that might be considered proprietary or confidential. Responses to this RFI may be shared with organizations supporting ARPA-E’s efforts in designing the competition including national laboratory partners and academic subcontractors.[1]

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    Please submit your comments in PDF format by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on November 22, 2016. ARPA-E will accept responses to this RFI immediately.

Submission Deadlines

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

RFI-0000027: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: SCALABLE MACROALGAE CULTIVATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR FUELS AND CHEMICALS

On November 29, ARPA-E hosted a webinar on this RFI. To view a recording of the webinar and the slides presented, please visit https://vimeo.com/193881420 (password: arpae)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue anew Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in November, 2016, for the development of advanced cultivation technologies that enable profitable and energy efficient production of macroalgal-biomass (seaweeds) in the ocean. These technologies are expected to be deployed and support cultivation of macroalgal-biomass feedstocks at a scale relevant for the production of commodity fuels and chemicals. The primary challenge is to dramatically reduce capital and operating cost of macroalgae cultivation, while significantly increasing the range of deployment by expanding into more exposed, off-shore environments.

Specifically, ARPA-E is interested in new designs and approaches to macroalgae cultivation and production with integrated harvesting solutions. These systems may leverage new material and engineering solutions, autonomous and/or robotic operations, as well as advanced sensing and monitoring capabilities. In addition to “field-type” cultivation, ARPA-E is also interested in unconventional approaches, for example “ranching” where free floating macroalgae are harvested at locations predicted/determined by satellite imaging and current/drift modeling. Given the enormous size and geographic diversity of the U.S. marine Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), we expect that there will be different system solutions based on the intended area of deployment, macroalgal species to be cultivated, and downstream processing. To support and accelerate the development of these advanced cultivation systems, ARPA-E is also interested in hydrodynamic and ocean current models that can predict the mechanical stresses on a cultivation system as well as the flow and distribution of nutrients through a macroalgae “field”. Furthermore, to validate the performance of macroalgae cultivation systems, appropriate sensors to measure in situ biomass production and composition as well as nutrient concentrations will be required. Finally, to complement the new system design approaches, ARPA-E is also looking for advanced breeding tools that can help in the development of new, highly productive macroalgae cultivars. ARPA-E has determined that, at this time, biomass conversion is not a limiting factor for profitable and wide-spread production of fuels and chemicals from macroalgae, and consequently will not support work in that area at this time. However, an understanding of macroalgae conversion processes are expected to inform and guide the development of cultivation and harvest strategies, or other tools described below.

Overall, this program will address marine system design/engineering and integration with biomass production, hydrodynamic and ocean modeling, marine spatial planning, sensor technology development, macroalgae breeding tools, and field testing of cultivation systems and sensor technologies. The program will also address emerging markets necessary as “stepping stones” to a thriving marine macroalgae-to-fuels and chemicals industry.

ARPA–E held a workshop on this topic in February 2016; information on this workshop and other supporting material including a summary of the workshop output can be found at the webpage (http://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/macroalgae-workshop).

ARPA–E anticipates that this program will have four areas of interest.

Design and field testing of integrated macroalgae cultivation and harvest systems.Hydrodynamic and nutrient flux models to support the design, testing, and operation of the above cultivation systems and their integration with marine spatial planning tools to identify appropriate deployment opportunities for macroalgal cultivation.Sensors/technologies to monitor macroalgal biomass growth, distribution, and composition, as well as nutrient concentrations in the surrounding waters, either as mobile, field (ocean) deployable systems or via remote sensing/satellite imaging; and, sensors/technologies for biosecurity, including disease detection/prevention and herbivory.Development of advanced breeding tools, by leveraging modern terrestrial breeding methods, such as hybridization and genomic marker identification tools, and adopting them to the unique life cycles of macroalgae.

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

macroalgae biology and ecology macroalgae cultivation aquaculture technology and operations naval architecture and marine systems engineering marine logistics robotic/autonomous (aquatic) vehicle or systems engineering hydrodynamic modeling nutrient flux modeling spatial planning tool development satellite imaging and remote sensing sensor development and deployment in marine environments plant breeding genomics other

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.

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 September 2016. 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 Expertise, and Background. For larger organizations, multiple entries for subgroups with distinct areas of expertise and capabilities are acceptable. Under the category, “Background”, please list verbatim any and all areas of expertise listed above (if “other,” please provide additional detail).

ARPA-E recognizes the significant international efforts currently underway in macroalgae cultivation. However, there are limitations and stipulations regarding the amount of work that can be performed outside of the United States. Please keep this in mind during this team building period.

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 November 2016, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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RFI-0000026: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: POWER NITRIDE DOPING INNOVATION OFFERS DEVICES ENABLING SWITCHES (PNDIODES)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled: Power Nitride Doping Innovation Offers Devices Enabling SWITCHES (PNDIODES) to fund the development of a selective area doping process that can be used to fabricate high quality p-n junctions in the III-Nitride material system for achieving high-performance and reliable vertical power electronic semiconductor devices. The PNDIODES program will address one of the biggest road blocks for the viability of vertical GaN power electronic devices, namely, the lack of a GaN selective area doping or selective area epitaxial regrowth process that yields material of sufficiently high quality to enable a defect-free p-n junction on patterned GaN surfaces. Hence, the program will seek solutions that overcome the limitations of the current selective area doping technologies.

The overall goal will be to demonstrate randomly placed, reliable, contactable, and generally usable p-n junction regions in Gallium Nitride and other III-Nitrides for the purpose of enabling high performance and reliable vertical power electronic devices.

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 PNDIODES FOA. The FOA will provide specific program goals, technical metrics, and selection criteria; and the FOA terms are controlling. ARPA-E anticipates that the deadline for submission of Full Applications to this FOA will occur 60 days after its issuance. For purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the FOA:

The technical goals of the anticipated FOA will be centered on providing a pathway, based on fundamental science and technology, to fabricating high quality p-n junctions using selective area doping in Gallium Nitride and other III-Nitrides that are electrically equivalent to state-of-the-art as-grown p-n junctions. A secondary goal is the development of fundamental understanding of dopant incorporation, activation, diffusion, and defect passivation or elimination in the selectively doped regions along with an understanding of the impurities, defects, dislocations, and vacancies that are introduced by the selective area doping process. Efforts addressing a fundamental understanding of selective area doping must be clearly targeted toward developing actionable outcomes in addressing the goal of fabricating p-n junctions (using selective area doping techniques) that are electrically equivalent to state of the art as-grown p-n junctions with breakdown voltages exceeding 600V and commensurate forward characteristics on bulk GaN substrates.

Currently, ARPA-E anticipates that the FOA will target research in: (1) Selective area etching and epitaxial regrowth of doped regions using various growth techniques (MOCVD, MBE, etc.); (2) Ion implantation and dopant activation using various annealing schemes (rapid thermal anneals, laser anneals, etc.); (3) Solid-state diffusion of dopants; (4) Neutron transmutation doping, (5) Other novel experimental or theoretical doping schemes and studies; and (6) Electrical and material characterization of the selective doped regions using various techniques (Hg-probe, I-V, C-V, TEM, AFM, EPR, RBS, cathodoluminescence, photoluminescence, XRD, X-Ray topography, sub-Å microscopy and atomic imaging, 3-D electron tomography, positron annihilation, etc.) and other novel diagnostic methods .

In order to realize the goals of the PNDIODES program, ARPA‐E aims to bring together diverse engineering and scientific communities, including epitaxial growth specialists, semiconductor defect scientists, condensed matter theorists and experimentalists, electrical and nano-scale material characterization experts, chemists, semiconductor equipment engineers, semiconductor process specialists, and power electronics researchers.

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

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting September, 2016. 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 for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA-E will not pay for the provision of any information, nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information. Responses submitted to other email addresses or by other means will not be considered.

This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued in October 2016, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.