ARPA-E Archived Funding Opportunities

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.



  • 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)

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.

View Application Forms and Templates

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

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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: 9/11/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/18/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 1/30/2018 5:00 PM ET – 2/5/2018 5:00 PM ET