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Funding Opportunity Announcement: CSP: Concentrating Optics for Lower Levelized Energy Costs (COLLECTS)

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001268

Funding Amount: $15,000,000


Building upon the successful outcomes of the 2012 SunShot CSP Research and Development funding program, the CSP: Concentrating Optics for Lower Levelized Energy Costs (COLLECTS) funding program seeks to further CSP system technologies by soliciting disruptive, transformative projects for the concentrating solar collectors in the CSP plant. These innovative projects will seek to surpass the targets set out in the SunShot Vision Study, enabling CSP to be cost-competitive with conventional forms of electric power generation. Projects will target the design and manufacturing of novel solar collectors with the ability to significantly reduce the solar field contribution to the overall levelized cost of energy of the CSP plant, and which have not been previously specifically targeted by CSP funding programs. These developments should lead to subsequent system integration, engineering scale-up, and eventual commercial production for electricity generation applications by 2020.

It is anticipated that awards will range from $750,000 to $3,000,000, totaling approximately five to 20 total awards. The cost share requirement is 20% for R&D activities and 50% for demonstration and commercial activities.

Prior to submitting a full application for this opportunity, a brief, mandatory concept paper is due on June 25, 2015. See all application dates below.

FOA Issue Date: May 26, 2015
Informational Webinar: June 2, 2015, 12:00pm ET - Register here
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: June 25, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: August 25, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: October 2015
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: November 2015
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: February 2016


Additional Information

Download the full funding opportunity on the EERE Exchange website

Register for the informational webinar on June 2, 2015 at 12:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Read the EERE press release about this funding opportunity announcement

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