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Solar Manufacturing Technology (SolarMat)

Funding: Up To $15M Total

Open Date: 02/22/2013

Close Date: 05/03/2013

Funding Organization: SunShot Initiative

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000862


SolarMat intends to fund the development and demonstration of innovative, but commercially and technically viable, manufacturing technology that can achieve a significant market or manufacturing impact in 1 to 4 years. The FOA is motivated by the need for manufacturing advances in both Photovoltaic (PV) and Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies to significantly reduce costs of solar-generated electricity in the U.S. Consequently, this FOA has two topics areas: PV and CSP. Both topics focus on manufacturing technology and have the same overarching goal of driving down the cost of manufacturing and/or implementing efficiency-increasing technology in manufacturing. Ideally, this opportunity will create the next generation of solar industry-standard manufacturing technology.  

Proposed technologies to the PV Topic Area must address 3 key areas. First, how the technology is substantially differentiated compared to what is currently used or being developed in the industry. Second, how the technology affects key manufacturing metrics: throughput, yield, capital expenses, labor, and conversion efficiency at the module level. Third, how the changes to the metrics translate to reductions in $/Wp of PV modules.  

Proposed technologies to the CSP Topic Area must be for a hardware demonstration of manufacturing technologies and methodologies that can assemble a collector with attributes such as eliminating the need for a one-time use fabrication facility to be constructed, a pre-assembled (i.e. before either piece is placed in the solar field) reflective surface and collector foundation, utilization of wireless controls and power sources, and use of closed-loop software controls for collector pointing calibration. Proposals must demonstrate collector field costs of less than $75/m2.  

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Additional Information:

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 03/22/2013 5 p.m. ET
  • Expected Date for Concept Paper responses: 03/29/2013
  • Deadline for Questions: 04/26/2013 5 p.m. ET
  • Submission Full Application Submission Deadline: 05/03/2013 5 p.m. ET

Last updated: 05/01/2013

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.