U.S. Department of Energy Announces $53 Million in New Projects to Advance Concentrated Solar Power and PV Technologies

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $53 Million in New Projects to Advance Concentrated Solar Power and PV Technologies

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced selections for up to $53 million in new projects to advance early-stage solar technologies. Through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, DOE will fund 53 innovative research projects that will lower solar electricity costs and support a growing solar workforce.

 

Recipient DOE Award ($) Cost Share ($) State Type
University of Texas at Dallas 200,000 69,113 TX PV: Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS)
Washington State University 198,578 49,645 WA PV: Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS)
University of Minnesota Twin Cities 200,000 50,000 MN PV: Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS)
Columbia University 200,000 50,000 NY PV: Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS)
Colorado School of Mines 2 200,000 50,000 CO PV: Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1 200,000 50,000 IL PV: Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2 200,000 50,000 IL PV: Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS)
University of Washington 1 198,806 50,329 WA PV: Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS)
Arizona State University 1 200,000 50,000 AZ PV: Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS)
DNV GL 200,000 50,000 CA PV: Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS)
Princeton University 1,500,000 375,000 NJ PV Cells, Modules and Systems
University of Michigan 1,300,000 325,474 MI PV Cells, Modules and Systems
Georgia Institute of Technology 700,000 175,000 GA PV Cells, Modules and Systems
Colorado State University 750,000 187,500 CO PV Cells, Modules and Systems
KWH Analytics 1,250,000 500,000 CA PV Cells, Modules and Systems
Stanford University 1,469,069 375,000 CA PV Cells, Modules and Systems
University of Washington 2 1,500,000 375,000 WA PV Cells, Modules and Systems
Arizona State University 2 1,000,000 250,000 AZ PV Cells, Modules and Systems
Cypress Creek Renewables 1,500,000 396,310 CA PV Cells, Modules and Systems
Case Western Reserve University 1,350,000 337,500 OH PV Cells, Modules and Systems
University of Colorado Boulder 1,499,764 375,235 CO PV Cells, Modules and Systems
University of Washington 3 681,016 179,090 WA PV Cells, Modules and Systems
Amtech Systems, Inc. 1,120,000 280,000 AZ PV: Collaborative Cross-Cutting Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1,500,000 375,000 MA PV: Collaborative Cross-Cutting Research
University of Delaware 800,000 200,000 DE PV: Collaborative Cross-Cutting Research
Arizona State University 3 1,500,000 375,000 AZ PV: Collaborative Cross-Cutting Research
Arizona State University 4 1,500,000 375,000 AZ PV: Collaborative Cross-Cutting Research
Groundswell 1,500,000 375,000 DC PV: Innovative Pathways
Int’l Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology 999,935 256,454 CO PV: Innovative Pathways
Arizona State University 5 1,229,307 307,328 AZ PV: Innovative Pathways
Grid Alternatives 999,470 2,022,801 CA PV: Innovative Pathways
Lucent Optics, Inc. 400,000 100,000 CA CSP: SIPS
Sundog Solar Technology 321,000 81,000 CO CSP: SIPS
Dartmouth College 400,000 100,000 NH CSP: SIPS
Purdue University 1 400,000 100,000 IN CSP: SIPS
Purdue University 2 400,000 100,000 IN CSP: SIPS
University of California, San Diego 400,000 100,000 CA CSP: SIPS
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1 399,991 100,102 VA CSP: SIPS
University of Utah 400,000 100,000 UT CSP: SIPS
University of Michigan 1 260,000 65,000 MI CSP: SIPS
SolarReserve, LLC 2,000,000 500,000 CA CSP: Advanced Collectors
University of California, Davis 2,219,315 582,988 CA CSP: Advanced Power Cycles
Comprex, LLC 1,242,525 317,174 WI CSP: Advanced Power Cycles
Colorado School of Mines 1 1,858,170 464,712 CO CSP: Advanced Thermal Transport
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 2 903,045 225,764 VA CSP: Advanced Power Cycles
University of Arizona 800,000 200,000 AZ CSP: Advanced Power Cycles
Midwest Renewable Energy Association 800,000 900,000 WI Workforce: Expansion
Blue Lake Rancheria 600,000 N/A CA Workforce: Expansion
Safer Foundation 800,000 N/A IL Workforce: Expansion
Illinois Green Economy Network 1,250,000 N/A IL Workforce: Expansion
The Solar Foundation 2,000,000 N/A DC Workforce: Expansion
Philadelphia Energy Authority 1,250,000 46,500 PA Workforce: Expansion
Electric Power Research Institute 6,000,000 1,500,000 TN Workforce: Digital Adaptation Training for DER

SOURCE: DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

“Innovation is key to solar’s continued growth in our nation’s energy portfolio. It increases our energy diversity and reinforces our ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “Developing new skills through workforce training is critical to expanding job opportunities in the renewable sector, which is why we are following through on our program to reach out to military veterans with new projects that will target this committed workforce.”

These selections will advance research and development in photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP). While PV materials convert sunlight directly to electricity, CSP concentrates the incoming sunlight to heat that then generates electricity like a traditional power plant.  The projects announced today span across 21 states plus the District of Columbia, and include PV research to increase grid resiliency in Puerto Rico. Selections are in the following areas:

  • Photovoltaics Research and Development: $27.7 million for 31 projects that will support early-stage research to advance new PV materials, like perovskites, which can essentially be painted on a surface to generate electricity. More innovation is needed to achieve high efficiency and stable performance over a long-time.
  • Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development: $12.4 million for 15 research projects that will advance the high-temperature components of CSP systems such as heat exchangers.  These projects will develop materials and designs for collectors, power cycles, and thermal transport systems that can withstand temperatures greater than 700 °C while being corrosion-resistant. Next-generation CSP systems operating at higher temperatures will be able to store more heat and dispatch solar electricity at any time, day or night.
  • Improving and Expanding the Solar Industry through Workforce Initiatives: $12.7 million for 7 projects that will pursue initiatives to grow and train the solar workforce. These projects will support training and curriculum development at community colleges and advanced training for a more digital electric power system, which includes communications technology. This includes programs to prepare veterans and interested transitioning military personnel to join the solar workforce, building on DOE’s pilot program, Solar Ready Vets.

See the full list of projects on the website HERE. Award amounts are subject to final negotiation.