Fossil Fuel Large-Scale Pilots

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support the design, construction, and operation of two large-scale pilots for transformational coal technologies, as mandated by statutory requirements and guidance accompanying the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Omnibus appropriations bill.  The Department of Energy (DOE) supports a number of potentially transformational coal technologies aimed at enabling step change improvements in coal powered system performance, efficiency, and cost of electricity.  Examples include, but are not limited to, chemical looping, pressurized oxygen combustion, supercritical carbon dioxide (SCO2) turbines, solid oxide fuel cells, advanced ultra-supercritical power generation cycles, advanced cooling systems, controls, materials.  In addition, there are a number of transformational pre- and post- combustion CO2 capture technologies including, but not limited to, non-aqueous solvents, advanced membranes systems, and sorbents that could significantly improve the performance, efficiency, and cost of electricity of a coal-fueled system.    

While these technologies are at various stages of development, some are ready to proceed to the large pilot scale.  Large-scale pilots are necessary to reduce the technical and financial risk associated with the adoption of a new technology in the marketplace.  This is the final stage of Research and Development (R&D) prior to commercial demonstration.  While the scale and definition of “large pilot” is dependent on the type of technology being deployed, applicants to this FOA should have already demonstrated technical success of the integrated components at the small-pilot scale.   The pilots supported by this FOA will be used to demonstrate the scalability and commercial potential of transformational coal technologies, helping mitigate risk and aiding in commercial adoption. 

Applications should note that Congress provided the following direction in the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill: “In making the awards for large-scale pilots, the department should prioritize entities that have previously received funding for these technologies at the lab and bench scale.”  Therefore, previous federal support of the proposed technologies will be taken into account while making selections under this FOA. 

The purpose of this FOA is to seek applications for projects to design, construct, and operate large-scale pilots of transformational coal technologies aimed at enabling step change improvements in coal powered system performance, efficiency, and cost of electricity.  The FOA will be carried out in three phases, with a down-select between phases.  Phase I (Feasibility) will be aimed at supporting recipients’ efforts to secure team commitments (including host sites and recipient cost share for Phase II), update the preliminary cost estimate and schedule for design, construction, and operation, and complete an environmental information volume (EIV).  Projects selected for Phase II (Design) will complete a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study, secure construction/operation cost share funding, and complete the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.  Finally, at least two projects will be selected for Phase III (Construction/Operation), which will support construction and operation of the large-scale pilot facilities.  

Deadline: Oct. 19, 2017

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Amount Description

Approximately $100,000,000 is expected to be available for new awards under this announcement.  Funding for all awards and future budget periods are contingent upon the availability of funds appropriated by Congress for the purpose of this program and the availability of future-year budget authority.

At least 20% non-Federal cost share of the total allowable costs must be provided. Funding for all awards and future budget periods are contingent upon the availability of funds appropriated by Congress for the purpose of this program and the availability of future-year budget authority.

Ceiling (i.e., the maximum amount for an individual award made under this announcement):  

  • Phase I: The maximum individual award value will be $1,000,000
  • Phase II: The maximum individual award value will be $3,000,000.
  • Phase III: The maximum individual award value will be $80,000,000

Floor (i.e., the minimum amount for an individual award made under this announcement):  None

 

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

October 19, 2017