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Find resources to help you design and refine a prototype of a new clean energy technology or product. For prototyping, areas to consider include materials characterization; models and tools; intellectual property protection; small-scale production; R&D funding; and regional, state, and local resources.

For more resources, see the Clean Energy Manufacturing Federal Resource Guide.

Characterize Materials

Shared Research Equipment User Facility – a facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that provides access to advanced instruments and scientists for the scale characterization of materials.

DOE Office of Science: Nanoscale Research Centers – user facilities for interdisciplinary research at the nanoscale, including characterization of nanomaterials.

DOE National Laboratories – many of these labs have the state-of-the-art capabilities relevant to materials characterization.

Find Models and Tools

Renewable Energy Technologies Financial Model – a calculator, known as RETFinance, used to estimate the costs of electricity generation from renewable energy technologies.

System Advisor Model – a performance and financial model, called SAM, designed to facilitate decision-making for people in the renewable energy industry.

Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool – an economic cash flow model, called CREST, designed to assess project economics, design cost-based incentives, and evaluate the impact of various state and federal support structures.

DOE Federal Renewable Energy Screening Assistant – a tool, called FRESA, used to analyze the use of renewable energy technologies for buildings and facilities.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Renewable Resource Data Center – provides access to an extensive collection of renewable energy resource data, maps, and tools.

DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office: Steam Systems Tool Suite – consists of four online software tools used to analyze energy use and savings opportunities in industrial steam systems.

Protect Intellectual Property

Advanced Research Projects Agency: Tech-to-Market Resources – general tech-to-market (T2M) resources, including those on intellectual property.

U.S. Patent Office: General Information Concerning Patents – includes resources on patent rights, patent attorneys and agents, and more.

Test and Demonstrate Product

DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office: Manufacturing Demonstration Facility – a collaborative manufacturing community that provides access to advanced physical and virtual tools for new technology demonstration.

DOE Building Technologies Office: Standards and Test Procedures – energy efficiency standards and test procedures for appliances and equipment.

DOE Federal Renewable Energy Screening Assistant – a tool, called FRESA, used to analyze the use of renewable energy technologies for buildings and facilities.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Renewable Resource Data Center – provides access to an extensive collection of renewable energy resource data, maps, and tools.

DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office: Steam Systems Tool Suite – consists of four online software tools used to analyze energy use and savings opportunities in industrial steam systems.

Produce at Small-Scale

DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office: Manufacturing Demonstration Facility – a collaborative manufacturing community that works to provide real data to reduce the technical risk associated with full commercialization of processes and materials innovations.

Obtain R&D Funding
Funding Resources by Agency

DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Financial Opportunities – provides information on funding and grant opportunities as well as other types of financial assistance.

DOE Office of Science: Grants and Contracts Support – features funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) and information about its grant application process.

Advanced Research Projects Agency: Apply for Funding – provides information on funding opportunities, which are focused on overcoming specific technical barriers around a specific energy area.

Funding Resources by Technology Sector

DOE SunShot Initiative: Current Opportunities - lists current solicitations and funding opportunities for photovoltaic, concentrating solar power, and other solar technology projects.

DOE Wind Program: Financial Opportunities - lists current solicitations and funding opportunities for wind technology projects.

DOE Water Power Program: Financial Opportunities - lists active solicitations and funding opportunities for hydropower, and marine and hydrokinetic technology projects.

DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office: Active Solicitations - lists financial opportunity solicitations for manufacturers with regards to energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

DOE Geothermal Technologies: Current Opportunities - lists active solicitations for geothermal technology projects.

DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office: Current Financial Opportunities - lists financial opportunity solicitations for hydrogen-related fuel cell technology projects.

DOE Vehicle Technologies Office: Active Solicitations - lists financial opportunity solicitations for a variety of vehicle technology projects.

DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office: Solicitations - lists active solicitations for bioenergy technology projects.

Start or Develop Your Business

U.S. Small Business Administration: Starting a Business - resources to help you learn about what it takes to start and manage a business.

Find Regional, State, and Local Resources

Advanced Research Projects Agency: Regional Resource Map – identifies regional and national resources to help evaluate the market viability of technologies.

DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy: States and Local Communities – features a variety of state and local resources related to clean energy technologies.

DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy: Energy Analysis – provides access to energy analysis products including published analyses, energy data and maps, and tools.