U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
01/21/22 5:00 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, for-profits, and individuals for projects that advance hydroelectric power technologies. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Concept papers are required prior to submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to support technological innovations that increase the flexible operation potential of hydropower units. The purpose of the program is to develop unit-level technologies to improve the ability of hydropower plants to operate in a flexible fashion, and/or to mitigate negative impacts on equipment of more flexible operation.
Technology Innovation to Increase Hydropower Flexibility
The FOA seeks next-generation technologies from manufacturers, equipment vendors, and research organizations to improve the flexible capabilities of the U.S. hydropower fleet. The development of technical solutions to improve hydropower flexibility – either by improving performance across various dimensions of unit-level flexibility, or by reducing potential negative impacts of flexible operations – can improve hydropower’s ability to integrate additional variable renewable resources and support power system decarbonization.
Flexibility may be broadly defined as the ability of a system or component to adapt to changing grid conditions while providing electricity safely, reliably, affordably, and in an environmentally responsible manner. Hydropower has significant capabilities for flexible operation.
Technology innovations of interest in this FOA include those that can increase the flexibility of hydropower units, for example, through enabling expanded operating range, faster ramping and start-stops, and improved frequency and voltage control. Also of interest are innovations to reduce the negative impacts, such as accelerated machine wear-and-tear, associated with operating the unit more flexibly. The FOA will solicit technology innovations that can advance to the prototype testing or demonstration stage, preferably including partnership with a hydropower owner or operator.
Innovations developed under this FOA will support WPTO’s HydroWIRES Initiative, which seeks to understand, enable, and improve hydropower and pumped storage hydropower’s (PSH) contributions to reliability, resilience, and integration in the rapidly evolving U.S. electricity system. This FOA will proceed to the next step of increasing hydropower flexibility through novel technology development.
The research and development (R&D) activities to be funded by this program will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. Specifically, this FOA will seek technology advancements that can increase the flexibility of the hydropower fleet, so that hydropower can better enable increased deployment of other sources of renewable generation to support the goals of carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035 and net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.
For Scope, technical requirements, and work to be performed, see file:///C:/Users/jaost/Downloads/HydroWIRES%20-%20FOA-0002417%20-%20MOD0001%20(2).pdf#page=15.
GrantWatch ID#: 198857
EERE anticipates making approximately 2 to 6 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards.
- Award Ceiling: $4,000,000
- Award Floor: $1,000,000
Anticipated Period of Performance: 18-36 months
EERE may, at its discretion, authorize the following actions: (1) Continue to fund the project, contingent upon the availability of funds appropriated by Congress for the purpose of this program and the availability of future-year budget authority; (2) recommend redirection of work under the project; (3) place a hold on federal funding for the project, pending further supporting data or funding; or (4) discontinue funding the project because of insufficient progress, change in strategic direction, or lack of funding.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply online: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fSubmissionDetailsEdit.aspx%3ffoaId%3d3908789d-e780-4e22-a987-3988e9b8ca27
For Questions about this FOA, email HydropowerFOA@ee.doe.gov.
For technical support, email EERE Exchange at EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov. (Include FOA name and number in
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