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  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

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

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

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

A list of potential teaming partners can be found here: - GENSETS


  • GENSETS FOA - Full Application - MOD 01 - 02.09.2015 (Last Updated: 2/9/2015 10:58 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • GENSETS FOA - Concept Paper - 10.16.2014 (Last Updated: 10/16/2014 01:51 PM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

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Concept Paper

  • GENSETS - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 10/16/2014 02:02 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 2/9/2015 03:44 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 2/9/2015 03:46 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 2/9/2015 03:46 PM ET)
  • GENSETS Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 2/9/2015 11:00 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 2/9/2015 03:49 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 2/9/2015 03:51 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release - Template (Last Updated: 2/9/2015 03:56 PM ET)
  • GENSETS Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 2/9/2015 11:01 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments - Template (Last Updated: 2/9/2015 04:20 PM ET)

Contact Information

    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
    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: 12/1/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/23/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/1/2015 5:00 PM ET – 5/6/2015 5:00 PM ET