The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking project proposals as part of DOE funding to accelerate commercialization of solar energy technologies.
The Photovoltaic Technology Incubator project is designed to foster collaboration between U.S. small businesses and NREL, as well as other DOE laboratories and facilities. Funding is intended to focus attention on areas that are critical to meeting aggressive DOE goals to reduce the cost of PV-generated electricity and expand installed PV capacity by 2015.
NREL will accept responses to this solicitation in two categories: Tier 1 and Tier 2. Tier 1 projects will receive up to $1 million through 12-month subcontracts and focus on accelerating the development of innovative PV module-related technologies to the prototype stage. Tier 2 projects will receive up to $4 million through 18-month phased subcontracts and focus on shortening the timeline for companies to transition innovative lab-scale and pre-commercial prototypes into pilot and, eventually, full-scale manufacture.
In previous rounds of the PV Incubator program, separate solicitations have been issued under Pre-Incubator and Incubator programs. For this round, NREL is requesting letters of interest (LOI) in Tier 1 and Tier 2 categories, bringing these two program areas under a single solicitation.
The solicitation for LOI can be viewed here.