Concentrating Solar Energy Technology – ( Solar Thermal Magazine)
The US DOE is looking for innovation ideas that will lead to cheaper concentrated solar power devices, specifically n the area of the solar collector design.
Last week, the SunShot Initiative announced that our latest concentrating solar power (CSP) funding opportunity announcement is open and accepting applications. COLLECTS, Concentrating Optics for Lower Levelized Energy Cost, seeks projects that will lead to the development of disruptive, novel technical innovations in collector optics for CSP.
Despite the strides that have been made in lowering the cost of CSP, there is still progress to be made to develop the most efficient and affordable solar collectors. Collectors are the most expensive elements of CSP plants, often accounting for up to 40% of the total system cost. Thus, a breakthrough development in CSP collector affordability would significantly drive down the cost of electricity from CSP, leading us further towards the goals of the SunShot Initiative.
COLLECTS will fund seven to ten projects, with $15 million in total funding and a required 50% awardee cost share. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an upcoming webinar to learn more about the goals and topics within COLLECTS:
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
To apply for funding under COLLECTS, a brief, mandatory concept paper must be submitted by Thursday, June 25 at 5:00pm ET. Questions about the COLLECTS funding opportunity should be directed to [email protected]
The SunShot CSP Team
ST Staff Writers
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.