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Concentrating Solar Flux to Heat and Power

Open Date:

4/4/2024

Close Date:

8/8/2024

Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institutions
  • Local Governments
  • Native/Tribal Entities
  • Non-profits
  • Private Sector
  • State Governments

Program Purpose:

  • Energy Infrastructure

Reserved for Energy
Communities?

No

Upcoming Milestones:

Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/8/2024 5:00 PM ET

Bureau/Office:

Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Energy

Overview

DOE announced the Concentrating Solar Flux to Heat and Power funding opportunity, which will award up to $30 million for research, development, and demonstration projects that accelerate the large-scale development of CSP technology. CSP technologies offer unique value as a renewable energy resource that can readily deliver high-temperature heat for uses in the industrial sector and incorporate energy storage for on-demand solar power.

DOE anticipates making between six and 16 awards under this FOA ranging from $750,000 to $10 million. DOE encourages diverse teams to apply.

Topic Areas

  • Topic Area 1: Scalable Concentrating Solar Collectors – This topic seeks innovations to lower costs and demonstrate reliability of solar collectors.
  • Topic Area 2: Scalable Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (sCO2) Turbomachinery – This topic seeks proposals for scaled-up, advanced power cycles based on supercritical carbon dioxide that are more efficient than existing steam-based cycles.
  • Topic Area 3: Scalable Concentrating Solar-thermal Receivers and Reactors – This topic seeks proposals for novel solar receivers and solar reactors that convert concentrated sunlight into usable thermal energy at high temperatures. This includes the development of 90% efficient particle receivers and enabling unique system concepts consistent with DOE’s Industrial Heat Shot, Hydrogen Shot, and Clean Fuels & Products Shot at a levelized cost of heat of $0.02 per kilowatt hour.

Related Resources

Additional information is available on the Resources page.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant - match required
Total Amount Available:
$30,000,000
Limit per Applicant:
$10,000,000
Estimated Awards:
6 - 16

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

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