SETO Newsletter: 12 New Solar Projects Selected; Apply for Solar Prize Round 5

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Systems Integration and Hardware Incubator Selections Announced

Drumroll, please: SETO has selected 12 projects to support innovative research, development, and demonstration projects that enable solar deployment, boost American solar manufacturing, and improve the resilience of the nation’s electric grid. Selections includea $25 million consortium to advance grid-forming inverters.

New Funding to Decarbonize Manufacturing  

DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) has a new funding opportunity that includes solar topics. It is designed to decarbonize the industrial sector and includes topics on high-temperature heat exchangers and turbomachinery 

Deadline Approaching: Become a Regional Partner in the Pacific Northwest  

Now is your chance to get hands-on with long-term energy planning. The Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) seeks a regional partner in Washington, Oregon, and Northern California that can support remote and island communities through resilient energy system development, stakeholder outreach, and engagement. ETIPP regional partner proposals are due August 31

You Are a Gem: National Lab Announces Diverse Talent Fellowship

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) selected 24 fellows for its Graduate Education Minority (GEM) Fellowship programits largest class of fellows in the program to date. The GEM Fellowship is a 10-week summer internship for underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math who are interested in attending or are already attending graduate school

Enter the Solar Prize Round 5 Competition

There’s still time to apply for the $5 million American-Made Solar Prize Round 5 competition, which has a hardware track and a software trackRound 5 is designed to accelerate the commercialization of products that enable widespread, equitable solar energy deployment and support domestic manufacturing. The deadline to apply for both tracks is October 5

Solar Prize Round 5 graphic

Upcoming Events

American-Made Challenges Solar Prize Round 5 Informational Webinar

August 20 | 2 p.m. ET
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) will provide an in-depth overview of the American-Made Solar Prize Round 5 competition. Previous winners will join to offer insights into how best to prepare a winning application. 

Generation 3 Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Summit

August 25-26 | 11 a.m. ET 
SETO’s concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) team will host a virtual Generation 3 CSP Summit, gathering SETO-funded awardees and the research and utility communities for a discussion on current market activity, research, and development for CSP technologies.

The American-Made Solar Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Prize Webinar

August 25 | 2 p.m. ET 
The American-Made Solar Prize Round 5 software track contains an optional Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Contest. This webinar will review how to compete for the JEDI Prize and the technical support applicants will receive in the process.

Investors Welcome: SETO Manufacturing and Competitiveness Showcase

September 8 | 2 p.m. ET 
In partnership with the CEBN and Potential Energy DC, SETO’s Manufacturing and Competitiveness team will host a showcase to connect awardees with clean technology investors in an effort to facilitate follow-up investment. Each awardee will present their products and solutions in five-minute pitches. The showcase is for prospective investors and advisors only.

Industrial Decarbonization Workshop: Renewable Process Heating from CSP

September 14-15 1 p.m. ET 
Join SETO for a two-day workshop in collaboration with AMO and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technology Office on decarbonizing industrial processes using CSP. The workshop will feature presentations and discuss how research can transform these processes with or without electricity production.

Solar Prize Round 4 Go! Demo Day Winner Announcement

September 16 | 2 p.m. ET 
Join us as we announce the Round 4 winners, and find out which teams will take home $500,000 in cash and $75,000 in support vouchers.  

Products & Publications

In Case You Missed It

Energy Secretary with Laura Morales at a Summer of Solar event

Summer of Solar Citizens: Meet Laura Morales

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm celebrated the Summer of Solar with a visit to Laura Morales’s home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Laura showed us her solar panels, shared her installation process, and discussed how it increased the value of her home. 

Replacing Your Roof? It’s a Great Time to Add Solar

The average homeowner will spend about $10,000 trying to replace their roofSETO Director Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus details why you might combine your roof replacement with a solar installation. 

Solar District Cup Informational Webinar

Ready to join the next class of the Solar District Cup? The competition invites multidisciplinary teams to create and present innovative distributed energy systems for a campus or urban district. 

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