SAI PV Module Incubator Funding Opportunity Announced

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is offering an opportunity for funding with an emphasis on research and development (R&D) of photovoltaic (PV) component prototypes with full functionality, produced in pilot-scale operations.

Subject to Congressional appropriations, during 2007 DOE expects to issue an “incubator” solicitation. The responder to the solicitation must be a small business. The small business may team with a large company and/or university partner(s). It is expected that prototype technologies will have already completed proofs-of-concept for new manufacturing processes, either through contractor equipment, the NREL Process Design Integration Laboratory facilities, or other appropriate facilities. The emphasis will be on the barriers to entry for 2010 commercialization. Through awards to be made under separate financial opportunities, DOE via NREL is supporting industry-led research teams for achieving the aggressive cost goals of the SAI by 2015. For the year 2010, advances are needed to achieve prototype modules and pilot production, which will be established with this procurement. This procurement will be structured for flexibility with regard to the entrance/exit. It is expected that the subcontract duration will be 18 months. The expected results from awards made from this planned opportunity will be a clear and direct integration of DOE basic and applied research leading to the accelerated innovation necessary for development of prototype modules and system components with associated pilot production. To apply for this funding opportunity, a Letter of Interest is due May 7, 2007; and awards will be made June 29, 2007.