The objective of this Announcement is to identify and accelerate the development of cross-cutting and unique products or processes that are expected to have a disruptive impact on the photovoltaics (PV) industry in support of the overall Department of Energy,Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) goals.
Successful applicants to this FOA will propose an R&D project based on a concept, process, or prototype, which has been demonstrated at a pre-commercial scale, and show how this technology has significant potential for near-term impact on a substantial segment of the PV industry. Near-term means within 2-5 years of award. Successful applicants will also describe how they plan to bring the technology they develop under the award to market within 1 to 3 years from the date of award and within the time span of the award. The impact of responsive applications may range from 1) innovative yet evolutionary improvements that can be supplied across the industry at high volumes and lower costs than conventional technology today; to 2) disruptive technologies applicable to a narrower segment of the industry, which can dramatically reduce costs and drive growth of this segment. In contrast to programs focused on technology development of unique cell module, or inverter product designs, this funding opportunity is directed to the possible cross-cutting cost reduction opportunities developed in the U.S. that will provide a generic benefit across a segment of the PV industry.
IMPORTANT: A Webinar will be held on April 28, 2010, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Mountain Daylight Time). The purpose is to provide clarification, answer questions, and discuss the Total Annual Impact requirements and calculations on this Announcement. Questions must be received in FedConnect by Sunday, April 25, 2010, at 11:59 PM Mountain Daylight Time to be included in the Webinar. The questions and the respective answers will be provided during the Webi