Concentrating Solar Power Competitive Awards

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The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) supports the development of novel concentrating solar power (CSP) research and development projects that will reduce the levelized cost of energy to $0.03 per kilowatt hour or less without subsidies by 2030. These projects aim to engineer new concepts in the collector, receiver, thermal storage, heat transfer fluids and power cycle subsystems, including technologies that will lower operations and management costs. Projects are managed and executed with the goal of being commercially relevant for electricity generation applications. The CSP subprogram is especially interested in transformative concepts with the potential to break through existing cost and performance barriers.

Current Awards

Past Awards

Funding Program                                                                                     Year Announced Amount Awarded
SunShot Incubator 2014 $1.1M
Solar Manufacturing Technology (SolarMat) 2013 $2M
CSP Heat Integration for Baseload Renewable Energy Deployment (CSP HIBRED) 2013 $10M
National Laboratory R&D 2013 $27M
MURI HOT Fluids 2012 $10M
CSP SunShot R&D 2012 $56M
Bridging Research Interactions through collaborative Development Grants in Energy (BRIDGE) 2012 $0.5M
CSP Baseload 2010 $62M
CSP ARRA 2009 $30M
Advanced Heat Transfer Fluids and Novel Thermal Storage Concepts for CSP 2008 $35M
Concentrating Solar Power R&D 2007 $25M
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Cost Share

SETO issues competitive solicitations that fund cooperative research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects by private companies, universities, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.03 per kilowatt-hour (not including incentives). Per Section 988 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, all of our awards have a cost share requirement that awardees must meet to receive their funding, which can be met through direct or indirect project costs. The cost sharing requirements generally require a 20 percent cost share for research and development, with an exemption for basic or fundamental research and development, and a 50 percent cost share for demonstration and commercial application activities. Learn more about the Energy Department’s Financial Assistance.  

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