US DOE backs PV, CSP research with USD 53m

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October 24 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of Energy (DOE) on Thursday published a list of solar projects selected to receive up to USD 53 million (EUR 46.2m) in support to advance early-stage technologies in both photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP), and also train the solar workforce.

Several of these projects will develop and test new ways to speed up the integration of emerging technologies into the solar industry as a whole.

Of the announced funds, USD 12.4 million will go for 15 CSP research projects aiming to advance different components such as collectors, power cycles, and thermal transport systems. SolarReserve LLC is among the awardees, having secured about USD 2 million in DOE support for a project titled “HelioSR3 - Fully Autonomous Heliostat System for SolarReserve Exceeding Gen3 Targets”.

Total of 31 projects focused on new PV materials, such as perovskites, will get USD 27.7 million in funds. The projects aim to increase performance, reduce materials and processing costs, and improve reliability of PV products, thus leading to even lower costs.

The University of Texas at Dallas, the Colorado School of Mines, Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of Washington, Columbia University, and the University of Colorado Boulder all have projects related to perovskites, for which they will receive between USD 200,000 and USD 1.5 million of funding per project.

The University of Michigan will get USD 1.3 million for work on semi-transparent organic solar cells for building integrated applications. Washington State University has been awarded almost USD 199,000 for preparation and evaluation of N-type CdSeTe as an absorber in thin-film CdTe PVs. Cypress Creek Renewables is to receive USD 1.5 million for a project focusing on the regional optimisation of the electrical architecture to capture the full benefits of bifacial modules.

The announcement on Thursday also includes USD 12.7 million for seven projects related to the expansion and training of the solar workforce. The full list of awardees per category is available at https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office-fiscal-year-2018-funding-program-seto-fy2018.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.87)

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