The US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Flexible Combined Heat and Power for Grid Reliability and Resiliency”. CHP is a suite of predominately gas-fired distributed generation technologies that produce both electricity and thermal energy onsite, thereby providing the user with more efficient and lower cost electricity while at the same time increasing site reliability and energy security. CHP can also reduce line losses and strain on grid infrastructure.
Within AMO, CHP is the focus of both research and development (R&D) and Technology Partnership activities. The R&D activities are focused on researching new CHP technologies that will enable development of advanced CHP systems that support U.S. economic competitive advantage, promote economic development, instill resiliency in businesses and communities and create and maintain local energy-related jobs. It is anticipated that the FOA may include two areas of interest to research enabling technologies for CHP systems that are specifically designed to provide cost-effective support to the electric grid.
EERE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements. EERE plans to issue the FOA in February 2018 via the EERE Exchange website. If Applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange. When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE Exchange.
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