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Categorical Exclusion Determinations: B3.6

Existing Regulations

B3.6: Small-scale research and development, laboratory operations, and pilot projects
Siting, construction, modification, operation, and decommissioning of facilities for small-scale research and development projects; conventional laboratory operations (such as preparation of chemical standards and sample analysis); and small-scale pilot projects (generally less than 2 years) frequently conducted to verify a concept before demonstration actions, provided that construction or modification would be within or contiguous to a previously disturbed or developed area (where active utilities and currently used roads are readily accessible). Not included in this category are demonstration actions, meaning actions that are undertaken at a scale to show whether a technology would be viable on a larger scale and suitable for commercial deployment.

Previous Regulations

Categorical Exclusion Determinations dated before November 14th, 2011 were issued under previous DOE NEPA regulations. See the Notice of Final Rulemaking (76 FR 63763, 10/13/2011) for information changes to this categorical exclusion.

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  • August 22, 2016

    All-Digital Plug and Play Passive RFID Sensors for Energy Efficient Building Control
    Award Number: DE-EE0007683
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Buildings Technology Office
    Date: 8/15/2016
    Location(s): SC
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 22, 2016

    Novel Infiltration Diagnostics based on Laser-line Scanning and Infrared Temperature Field Imaging
    Award Number: DE-EE0007686
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Buildings Technology Office
    Date: 8/15/2016
    Location(s): IA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 22, 2016

    Improved Braze Joint Quality through use of enhanced surface technologies
    Award Number: DE-EE0007681
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Buildings Technology Office
    Date: 8/15/2016
    Location(s): WI
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 22, 2016

    In-Line Sensor for Inspection of Diamond Wire
    Award Number: DE-EE0007580
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technology Office
    Date: 8/2/2016
    Location(s): FL
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 22, 2016

    Solution for Predictive Physical Modeling in CdTe and Other Thin-Film PV Technologies
    Award Number: DE-EE0007536
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technology Office
    Date: 8/2/2016
    Location(s): AZ
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 22, 2016

    Pushing the efficiency limit of low-cost, industrially-relevant Si solar cells to greater than 22.5% by advancing cell structures and technology innovations
    Award Number: DE-EE0007554
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technology Office
    Date: 8/3/2016
    Location(s): GA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 22, 2016

    Texturizing Wind Turbine Towers to Reduce Bat Mortality
    Award Number: DE-EE0007033
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.3, B3.6
    Wind Power Program
    Date: 8/3/2016
    Location(s): TX
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 17, 2016

    Monolithic silicon module manufacturing at less than 0.40 $/W
    Award Number: DE-EE0007538
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technology Office
    Date: 7/25/2016
    Location(s): AZ
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 17, 2016

    15%-efficiency (Mg,Zn)CdTe solar cells with 1.7 eV bandgap for tandem applications
    Award Number: DE-EE0007552
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technology Office
    Date: 7/25/2016
    Location(s): AZ
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 17, 2016

    Research and Development of Architectures for Photovoltaic Cell-Level Power Balancing using Diffusion Charge Redistribution
    Award Number: DE-EE0007543
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technology Office
    Date: 7/26/2016
    Location(s): MI
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 11, 2016

    Single Active Switch PV Inverter
    Award Number: DE-EE0007591
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technology Office
    Date: 8/1/2016
    Location(s): NC
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 11, 2016

    Continuous Silicon Reduction and Consolidation (CoSiRC)
    Award Number: DE-EE0007550
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technology Office
    Date: 8/1/2016
    Location(s): CA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 11, 2016

    New Approaches to Low-Cost Scalable Doping for Interdigitated Back Contact Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells
    Award Number: DE-EE0007553
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technology Office
    Date: 8/1/2016
    Location(s): CO
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 11, 2016

    Second-Generation Mixotrophy for Highest Yield and Least Expensive Biochemical Production
    Award Number: DE-EE0007564
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 8/1/2016
    Location(s): DE
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 11, 2016

    Developing a low cost, high volume and scalable manufacturing technology for undoped and heavily p-type doped CdTe feedstock materials
    Award Number: DE-EE0007537
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 8/1/2016
    Location(s): WA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 11, 2016

    Integrated Insulation System for Automotive Cryogenic Storage Tanks
    Award Number: DE-EE0007649
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6,
    Fuel Cell Technologies Office
    Date: 8/5/2016
    Location(s): FL
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 20, 2016

    Thermally Conductive Backsheets (TCB) for Reduced Operating Temperatures
    Award Number: DE-EE0007138
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 7/12/2016
    Location(s): AZ
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 20, 2016

    Correlation of Qualification Testing with Field Degradation
    Award Number: DE-EE0007138
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 7/12/2016
    Location(s): AZ
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 20, 2016

    An Intelligent Adaptable Monitoring Package for Marine Renewable Energy Projects
    Award Number: DE-EE0006788
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Water Power Program
    Date: 7/12/2016
    Location(s): WA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 20, 2016

    Improving reliability and reducing cost in CdTe photovoltaics via grain boundary engineering
    Award Number: DE-EE0007545
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 7/12/2016
    Location(s): IL
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 19, 2016

    PowerAmerica Institute
    Award Number: DE-EE0006521
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.6, B5.23
    Advanced Manufacturing Office
    Date: 6/13/2016
    Location(s): NC
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 19, 2016

    Dielectric Metasurface Concentrators
    Award Number: DE-EE0007341
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technology Office
    Date: 6/13/2016
    Location(s): CA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 5, 2016

    Device Architecture for Next-Generation CdTe PV
    Award Number: DE-EE0007543
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technology Office
    Date: 6/21/2016
    Location(s): CO
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 5, 2016

    Crosscutting Recombination Metrology for Expediting VOC Engineering
    Award Number: DE-EE0007541
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technology Office
    Date: 6/21/2016
    Location(s): TX
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 12, 2016

    Algae Production CO2 Absorber with Immobilized Carbonic Anhydrase
    Award Number: DE-EE0007092
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.15
    Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 6/2/2016
    Location(s): CA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office