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Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP: ELEMENTS)

Funding: Up to $20M Over 4 Years Total

Open Date: 04/23/2013

Close Date: 07/23/2013

Funding Organization: SunShot Initiative

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000805


DOE is supporting the development of thermochemical energy storage (TCES) systems that can validate a cost of less than or equal to $15 per kilowatt-hour-thermal (kWht) and operate at temperatures greater than or equal to 650 degrees Celsius. TCES presents opportunities for storing the sun's energy at high densities in the form of chemical bonds for use in utility-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) electricity generation.

As part of the SunShot Initiative, the CSP: ELEMENTS funding opportunity is designed to advance major technical focus areas and develop complete TCES systems. Successful projects will culminate in an on-sun test of the TCES system along with reliable projections of the full-scale performance for the entire integrated storage system through the utilization of validated performance models developed as part of the R&D effort.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Additional Information:

Submission Deadline for Mandatory Concept Papers:  May 23, 2013, 5 p.m. EDT  

Full Applications Due: July 23, 2013, 5 p.m. EDT

Last updated: 04/23/2013

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.