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Solar Energy Tech Office: SBIR/STTR FY2022 Phase I Release 2: LOI Due: 1/3/2022

Description: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs encourage U.S. small businesses to engage in high-risk, innovative research and technology development with the potential for future commercialization. The programs are administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science and award projects in technology areas across the entire department. They are part of the larger SBIR program across the federal government, which is administered by the Small Business Administration. Learn more about these programs’ past awards in solar energy.


Topics Open to both SBIR/STTR Applications:

  • Multiuse Integrated Photovoltaic (PV) Systems – technology components and systems that integrate photovoltaic technologies with other energy, agricultural, and built environment systems.

  • PV Recycling – new materials, designs, technologies, and practices that can help reduce PV manufacturing’s environmental impact by minimizing waste, energy use, negative effects on human health, and pollution.

  • Next-Generation Power Electronics Based on Silicon Carbide and/or Planar Magnetics – power-electronic components and systems that integrate and leverage the greater efficiencies, lower costs, and lower weight of devices based on silicon carbide and gallium nitride.

  • Technologies to Integrate Solar Generation with Energy Storage Systems and/or Electric Vehicle Charging – technologies to integrate and optimize distributed energy resources—in particular, PV generation—with energy storage capabilities and infrastructure for electric vehicle charging.

  • Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power System Construction, Manufacturing, and Reliability – innovative technologies to engineer and build reliable concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) plants.

  • Solar Hardware and Software Technologies: Affordability, Reliability, Performance, and Manufacturing – solutions that can advance solar energy technologies by lowering cost, increasing domestic content in solar hardware, and facilitating its secure integration into the Nation’s energy grid.

  • Technology Transfer Opportunity: Hierarchical Distributed Voltage Regulation in Networked Autonomous Grids – develop and commercialize a product that optimizes real-time dispatch of distributed energy resources.

  • Technology Transfer Opportunity: Novel Solar Collector Tracking Error Direction: “NIO-Heliostat” – a non-exclusive license to develop and commercialize a technology to track solar collector error direction on a commercial-scale heliostat field.

Topics Open to STTR Applications:

  • Transferring Novel Solar Technologies from Research Laboratories to the Market – spinning out solutions from research institutions, such as universities and national laboratories.

  • Concentrating Solar Power Technologies for Industrial Decarbonization – technology transfer from research institutions to small businesses in the area of industrial thermal and thermochemical processes.

  • Next-Generation Solar Forecasting – development and commercialization of the next-generation tools and capabilities to increase accuracy and reliability of solar forecasting.

Award Details: SBIR/STTR Phase I awards are up to $200,000 for six months to one year. Details on the topics for the FY 2022 Phase I release are detailed below. View the funding opportunity announcement document for more information on the program, the application process, and eligibility.

Submission Details: Letters of intent for this funding opportunity are due January 3, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. ET. Along with your business information, the letter of intent must contain a 500-word technical abstract of your innovation. Full applications are due February 22, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. ET.

Grant Management Associates has years of experience submitting applications for SBIR/STTR opportunities such as this one. Contact us for a consultation.

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