Solar Snapshot: New Funding to Study Place-Based Solar Energy; Small Innovative Projects Selected

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Funding Opportunities and Prizes

New Funding Opportunity to Study Locally-Based Energy

DOE announced $10 million in funding for tools that help decision-makers evaluate energy systems that produce and use local energy. The Energyshed: Place-Based Energy Generation funding opportunity is designed to enable more reliable, resilient, efficient, and affordable grids that address long-standing inequities in the distribution of cost and benefits across energy systems. Utilities, local governments, and community-based organizations are encouraged to form teams and apply by Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. ET.

Early-Stage Solar Research Projects Announced

DOE selected 19 projects to receive a total of $6 million in funding to pursue innovative, targeted, early-stage ideas in solar energy research and development through the Small Innovative Projects in Solar program. Projects in photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) research areas will focus on novel, high-risk, or high-impact ideas that can produce significant results within the first year of performance.


Apply for Funding to Study Solar and Wildlife

Full applications are due by June 21 at 5 p.m. ET for the Deploying Solar with Wildlife and Ecosystem Services Benefits (SolWEB) funding opportunity. DOE is seeking innovative solutions that maximize benefits and minimize impacts to wildlife and ecosystems from solar energy infrastructure. Applicants must have already submitted a concept paper.

Compete in the Perovskite Startup Prize

The countdown is on for entrepreneurs to accelerate the development and manufacturing of perovskite solar cells. Competitors who advance to the next stage of the American-Made Perovskite Startup Prize will receive $200,000. Assemble your team and apply by July 28.

Some Light 🌞 Reading

Connecting More Clean Energy to the Grid

DOE announced an initiative aimed at helping clean energy connect to the grid. The Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) brings together grid operators, utilities, state and tribal governments, clean energy developers, energy justice organizations, and other stakeholders to develop solutions for faster, simpler, and fairer interconnection of clean energy resources through better data, roadmap development, and technical assistance. Join i2X today!

i2X logo

Executive Action to Boost Solar Production

President Biden authorized DOE to use the Defense Production Act to boost the domestic solar supply chain. This action will lower energy prices, create good-paying jobs, and strengthen national security.

Apply for a Fellowship with SETO

Are you a student, researcher, or professional scientist interested in solar? Work with SETO to advance solar technologies and deployment through the Science and Technology Policy Fellowship! Selected participants will play an integral role in designing and implementing new initiatives. They will support office-wide research, demonstration, and development efforts in PV, CSP, and grid integration technologies, as well as solar manufacturing, behavioral science, data analysis, environmental justice, and communications. Apply by July 15.

Four Ways SETO Is Helping to Commercialize Perovskite PV

Perovskite solar cells have shown great potential in the lab, yet several challenges stand in the way of their commercialization. SETO is working to overcome hurdles and spur innovation toward the deployment of this promising solar technology.

DOE Accepting Applications for Global Clean Energy Technology Showcase

DOE is hosting the 2022 Global Clean Energy Action Forum on Sept. 21-23 in Pittsburgh. Clean energy innovators are invited to apply for the Technology Showcase that will take place alongside the Forum. Only engaging exhibits with interactive and experimental elements will be accepted. DOE is accepting proposals until June 30.

Request for Information on Long-Duration Energy Storage Initiatives

DOE’s Office of Electricity issued a Request for Information seeking public input on the structure of a $505 million long-duration energy storage initiative. This initiative will increase the availability of clean electricity whenever and wherever needed, and will support the ramp-up of affordable and reliable clean energy solutions. Responses are due June 16 by 5 p.m. ET.

SolarPACES Call for Awards

CSP researchers can apply for recognition at the Solar Power & Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES) conference. Applications for the Technology Innovation Award and Lifetime Achievement Award are due July 31.  

Upcoming Events

Energyshed: Place-Based Energy Generation Webinar

June 22 | 2 p.m. ET
EERE will host an informational webinar to discuss this newly-announced funding opportunity.

Perovskite Tech-to-Market Webinar

June 24 | 1 p.m. ET
In conjunction with the Perovskite Startup Prize, industry experts with experience commercializing thin-film solar technologies will share their tech-to-market strategies, especially around developing and validating commercialization plans for early-stage solar startups. 

In Case You Missed It

Spotted with Solar: Secretary Granholm

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visited a community solar site in Fort Washington, Maryland and highlighted the Administration’s commitment to deploying more solar energy to achieve a decarbonized grid by 2035.

Secretary Granholm at community solar site in Fort Washington

Come Together: Interconnection of Solar, Wind, and Energy Storage

Watch the recording of the event with Secretary Granholm, DOE experts, and partners discussing the new i2X initiative to help more clean energy connect to the grid.

How Not to Short Circuit the Clean Energy Transition

Researchers at NREL have learned how to ensure the grid is protected if there is a fault, such as a short circuit. A new guidebook and video explain how to solve this challenge and maintain power systems protection with higher levels of renewables in the future grid.

Simulating the Role of Grid-Forming Inverters in the Future Electric Grid

A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory research team recently developed a new model of a grid-forming inverter that will benefit a grid with increasing amounts of renewable power. The inverter plays a critical role in converting direct current (DC) electricity to alternating current (AC) electricity while maintaining the stability of power grids.

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