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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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  • 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

  • June 12, 2016

    Structural Support of Windows in Walls with Continuous Insulation
    Award Number: DE-EE0007574
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 6/2/2016
    Location(s): MD
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 12, 2016

    Development of the Industry's First Smart Range Hood
    Award Number: DE-EE0007569
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 6/2/2016
    Location(s): MD
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 11, 2016

    Sound Assisted Low Temperature Spalling for Low Cost Silicon Modules
    Award Number: DE-EE0007367
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 4/8/2016
    Location(s): AZ
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 11, 2016

    Single-junction Organic Solar Cells with >15% Efficiency
    Award Number: DE-EE0007362
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 4/6/2016
    Location(s): FL
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 11, 2016

    A new class of tandems: Optically coupled III-V/silicon module with outdoor efficiency exceeding 30%
    Award Number: DE-EE0007368
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B3.11
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 4/14/2016
    Location(s): AZ
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 11, 2016

    Low‐Cost Nanostructured Substrates for Efficient Epitaxial Lift‐Off of III‐V Solar Cells
    Award Number: DE-EE0007369
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B3.15
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 4/8/2016
    Location(s): CA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 11, 2016

    Interfacial Work Function Modifiers in PV: a potentially disruptive science for extreme lifetime performance
    Award Number: DE-EE0007360
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 4/6/2016
    Location(s): OH
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 11, 2016

    Novel Approach to Front-Contact Passivation for CdTe Photovoltaics
    Award Number: DE-EE0007365
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 03/31/2016
    Location(s): CO
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 11, 2016

    Enabling Efficiencies Greater Than 22.5% with Metal Oxide Passivated Contacts Using Low-Cost In-Line Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition
    Award Number: DE-EE0007533
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technology Office
    Date: 6/23/2016
    Location(s): FL
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 11, 2016

    Green, stable and earth abundant ionic PV absorbers based on chalcogenide perovskite
    Award Number: DE-EE0007364
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 03/31/2016
    Location(s): NY
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 11, 2016

    Aluminum epilayers for controlled growth and processing of flexible III‐V solar cells on low‐cost substrates
    Award Number: DE-EE0007363
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 03/31/2016
    Location(s): SD
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 11, 2016

    Low-Cost III-V Photovoltaic Materials by Chloride Vapor Transport Deposition Using Safe Solid Precursors
    Award Number: DE-EE0007361
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 03/31/2016
    Location(s): OR
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 8, 2016

    Improved Reliability of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems – LG Fuel Cell Systems
    CX(s) Applied: B3.6
    Date: 01/21/2016
    Location(s): Washington
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • May 26, 2016

    Hydro Research Foundation University Research Awards
    Award Number: DE-EE0006506
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.6
    Water Power Program
    Date: 05/19/2016
    Location(s): OR
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 26, 2016

    Enabling Automation for <$0.10/W High-efficiency Kerfless Wafers Manufactured in the US
    Award Number: DE-EE0006808
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 5/26/2016
    Location(s): MA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 19, 2016

    One-Step Super Emitters for High Efficiency Solar Cells
    Award Number: DE-EE0007191
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 05/2/2016
    Location(s): AR
    Office(s): Golden Field Office