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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: DOE announces $7.0 million in funding to advance renewably supplied district energy systems

By District Energy posted 02-08-2022 14:59

  

The U.S. Department of Energy is proud to announce up to $7.0 million in funding to advance renewably supplied district energy systems. Our Technical Partnerships funding opportunity seeks applicants and proposals to design, construct, and demonstrate advanced district energy systems that offer fuel-flexibility and incorporate flexible combined heat and power, energy storage, or renewable sources such as biomass, geothermal, solar PV, solar thermal, and wind.

 

We welcome your interest and your help in sharing this opportunity with your network. The attached stakeholder toolkit provides more information about the funding opportunity, as well as sample emails and social media posts for you to share.

Learn more about both FOA topics and apply here by March 18.


More about Topic Area 1:

Topic 1: Development and Demonstration of Renewably Supplied District Energy Systems

DOE anticipates making two to three awards for topic 1 ($7,000,000)

District energy systems provide multiple buildings with heating and/or cooling from a central plant. These systems increase efficiency and reduce emissions compared to individual building systems. They also provide a reliable and resilient source of thermal energy that is particularly useful for large energy users such as manufacturing facilities, healthcare campuses, and military bases. However, district energy systems are traditionally fossil fuel-based.

AMO seeks projects to design, construct, and demonstrate advanced district energy systems that:

  • Offer fuel-flexibility and incorporate flexible combined heat and power, energy storage, or renewable sources such as biomass, geothermal, solar PV, solar thermal, and wind; or,
  • Convert existing fossil-fueled heating equipment or CHP systems in district energy systems to renewable fuels 

Proposals should describe the innovation drivers and challenges, identify the potential for replication and the underlying value proposition, quantify the anticipated pollutant and carbon dioxide emissions reduction potential at the site, and highlight opportunities for diversity, equity and inclusion as well as environmental justice and the potential to positively impact historically underserved communities.


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