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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program has announced the release of its FY 2021 SBIR/STTR Phase I topics. Letters of intent (LOIs) are due on Monday, January 4, 2021.

As part of this release, BTO is seeking applications for 12 SBIR/STTR subtopics under three topic areas that aim to develop innovative, cost-effective, energy-saving technologies that could lead to significant reductions in building energy consumption and enable interactions between buildings and the power grid.

Topic 12 includes the following five subtopics, which aim to achieve these advances:

  • Remote Building Data Collection Technologies for Virtual Audits and Inspections solicits innovative approaches for leveraging remote sensing data collection and curation techniques to automate the importing of building characteristic data into existing virtual audit and inspection platforms.
  • Building Energy Models solicits R&D proposals for new methods, tools, applications for whole building energy modeling (BEM) and closely related areas. BTO’s goal is to expand the effective use of BEM in all use cases, supporting energy efficiency, demand flexibility, or both.
  • Solid-State Lighting Technologies includes three subtopics seeking innovative solutions in advanced solid-state lighting technologies (SSL):
    • SSL Technology Development seeks product- and market-facing technology development that achieves energy through optical delivery, intensity controls, source and fixture efficiency, and spectral optimization.
    • Manufacturing Technologies and Materials for SSL seeks additive and sustainable manufacturing techniques and materials for SSL for all portions of the value chain.
    • SSL Material Science seeks research to advance understanding of SSL degradation mechanisms, carrier dynamics, performance under different operating regimes, photon generation and control, and downconverter properties.
  • Advanced Building Control Systems for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) solicits proposals investigating innovative solutions for the refinement, integration, and expansion of existing building management systems and tools for CEA applications. Advanced building control systems for CEA can be considered analogous to building management systems but customized for integration into the unique processes and requirements of indoor farms.
  • Healthy Efficient Buildings includes two subtopics:
    • Low-Cost, Smart Ventilation Systems and Components for Healthy, Efficient Residential Buildings seeks to identify and encourage development of innovative ventilation system and/or component technologies with the potential to improve indoor air quality and comfort in new and existing homes, with little or no energy penalty and very low incremental cost to builders and contractors.
    • Health-Energy Nexus in Commercial Buildings seeks innovative research, analysis, and development of building technologies and solutions that improve building energy performance and maintain comfortable, healthy, productive indoor environments despite disruptive events such as natural disasters, the spread of infectious disease, and grid interruptions.

BTO is also seeking proposals through a joint topic with the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) called Advanced Building Construction Technologies (Topic 13). This topic supports DOE’s Advanced Building Construction (ABC) initiative, the objective of which is to help realize the vision of a modernized U.S. construction industry that delivers high-performance, low-carbon new buildings and retrofits at scale. ABC approaches are intended to result in residential and commercial buildings that have ultra-efficient energy performance, fast on-site construction, and renovation timelines, and are affordable and provide additional value to owners and tenants through improved aesthetics, comfort, resilience, and occupant health.

Topic 13 includes the following four subtopics, which aim to achieve these advances:

  • Diagnostic Technologies and Tools solicits proposals for innovative technologies and tools critical for design and manufacturing of retrofit solutions for buildings. Technologies that can characterize the key energy and moisture performance-related properties of existing opaque envelopes could facilitate retrofit adoption and aid offsite manufacturing by quantifying the benefit of retrofits, pinpointing specific areas to retrofit, determining if an envelope retrofit can be safely conducted, and verifying post-retrofit performance.
  • Low-Cost, High-R Insulation solicits proposals for development of low-cost, high-R factor insulation (targeting under $0.05/inch*R and no greater than $1/square foot per inch) using readily available and scalable manufacturing processes.
  • Advanced Building Equipment Technologies seeks proposals for the design of new energy-efficient advanced building equipment technologies. HVAC and water heating technologies influence the design of new buildings and retrofit opportunities, and by taking these technologies into consideration will allow DOE to expand the ABC R&D portfolio beyond existing state-of-the art integrated heat pump (IHP) solutions.
  • Advanced Building Construction Digitization Solutions solicits proposals that identify and encourage development of innovative information technology solutions that support the objectives of the ABC Initiative and construction digitization, including but not limited to, the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Finally, BTO is also soliciting proposals as part of a joint effort in topic 20: CABLE Materials and Applications. The objectives of the Conductivity-enhanced materials for Affordable, Breakthrough Leapfrog Electric and Thermal Applications (CABLE): Materials and Applications topic are 1) to transfer technology for the fabrication of breakthrough CABLE enhanced conductivity materials and 2) to support leapfrog applications in the design and use of enhanced conductivity materials that will make performance improvements and energy savings more affordable.

Topic 20 includes the following three BTO subtopics (c, d, and e), which aim to achieve these advances:

  • Non-Metallic Heat Exchangers solicits proposals for next-generation non-metallic heat exchanger systems to improve the energy efficiency of heat pumps and air conditioners over a broad range of operating conditions for building and industrial applications that leverage CABLE non-metallic materials with enhanced thermal conductivity.
  • Ice-Storage and Other Thermal Storage-Related Systems seeks proposals for high-performance (efficient and cost-effective) ice-based thermal storage technologies that leverage CABLE enhanced thermal conductivity materials.
  • Electric Systems – Generators and Motors solicits proposals for more affordable, efficient direct current (DC), single-phase and three-phase alternating current (AC) electric motors/generators that leverage innovations in CABLE materials or improve overall performance.

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