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Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage Funding Opportunity

By April 25, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative CSP Program is pleased to announce the Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP:ELEMENTS) funding opportunity, which will provide up to $20 million toward CSP thermochemical energy storage (TCES) research and development. TCES presents opportunities for storing the sun’s energy at high densities in the form of chemical bonds. CSP: ELEMENTS is focused on leveraging the science and engineering that drive chemical equilibria to develop and demonstrate TCES systems with the capability for a minimum of 6 hours of thermal storage for use in utility-scale CSP electricity generation.

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Key Dates

  • Required Concept Paper Deadline: 5 p.m. ET, May 23, 2013
  • Full Application Deadline: 5 p.m. ET, July 23, 2013

Description

This program supports research and development of TCES systems that can validate a cost of ≤$15 per kilowatt-hour-thermal (kWht) and operate at temperatures ≥650°C. 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.

There are two topic areas of research for TCES systems under this funding opportunity. Topic Area 1 is for proposals to develop complete TCES systems that address all of the major technical focus areas below. Topic Area 2 is for “Seedlings” to focus on one or a few areas of major technical focus. The major technical focus areas are:

  • Efficiency Maximization
  • Process Engineering
  • Reactor Engineering
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Catalysis
  • Modeling
  • Materials
  • On-Sun Testing.

For more information and application instructions, visit the CSP: ELEMENTS FOA page