Author: US DOE Staff      Published: 11/17/2022      SETO

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Supporting small business solar innovations

On November 7, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the topics for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) funding programs for fiscal year 2023. The programs give U.S. small businesses an opportunity to conduct high-risk, innovative research and technology development with potential for commercialization, spurring innovation and job creation.

SBIR/STTR funding enables small businesses to achieve their goals in two phases: Phase I provides up to $200,000 to prove an idea’s feasibility. If successful, awardees can then receive up to $1.1 million in Phase II to develop a prototype.

The DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office is hosting an informational webinar on November 30, at 12:30 p.m. ET to discuss the Phase I solar topics, listed below. Register for the webinar.

DOE plans to fund projects that advance a broad range of ideas in the following topic areas:

  • Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics
  • Photovoltaic Recycling
  • Solar Systems Resilient to Weather-related or Cyber Threats
  • Heliostat Components and Systems for Low-Cost, Autonomous, and High-Concentration Solar Collectors
  • Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power (CSP) Technologies for Gen3 CSP or Industrial Decarbonization
  • Solar Hardware and Software Technologies: Affordability, Reliability, Performance, and Manufacturing
  • Transferring Novel Solar Technologies from Research Laboratories to the Market (open to STTR applications only)

Mandatory letters of intent are due in early January. Learn more about the solar topics, and look for the funding opportunity announcement in the coming weeks.