Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Core Technology Research

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

The mission of the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) program is to enable the efficient generation of low-cost electricity for (a) 2nd Generation natural gas-fueled SOFC distributed generation (DG) systems and modular, coal-fueled systems and (b) Transformational coal or natural gas-fueled utility-scale systems with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).   The program supports the overarching goals of the Clean Coal and Carbon Management Research Program (CCCMRP) through the collaboration between the R&D that addresses the technical and economic barriers to commercial viability and the development and deployment of SOFC power systems that validates those solutions.

The SOFC program has a two-pronged approach to complete the maturation of the SOFC technology from its present state to the point of commercial readiness:  Core Technology Research & Development (CTR&D) and Systems Development (SD).  The Core Technology Component (CTC) is the R&D element that identifies technical and economic barriers and develops solutions to those barriers.  The Systems Development component validates those solutions through multi-cell stack tests, Proof-of-Concept (POC) tests, and prototype system tests.  The program actively pursues two categories of technologies:  2nd Generation and Transformational.  2nd Generation technologies are those currently in R&D and scheduled to become available for large-scale testing around 2020 and available for commercial deployment in the 2025 timeframe.  Transformational technologies are emerging technologies in the early stages of development and offer the potential for game-changing improvements in cost and performance forecast to be available for large-scale testing around 2030 and available for commercial deployment in the 2035 timeframe.

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to solicit and competitively award research projects to develop Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology in order to support fuel cells system manufacturers in addressing issues related to cost and reliability of fuel cells systems.  This FOA aligns with the goal of advancing clean coal technology in the Administration’s “America First Energy Plan.”  This FOA supports advancing SOFC technology which is part of the CCCMRP. This FOA will have two areas of interest (AOI).  DOE may issue awards in one, multiple, or none of the areas of interest. 

Deadline: April 30, 2018

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Areas of Interest

  • AOI 1 – Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) Core Technology Research
  • AOI 2 – Core Technology Research and Development (R&D) in Support of Near-Term SOFC Power Systems Prototype Tests

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants may submit multiple applications under each area of interest of this FOA; HOWEVER, applicants may not submit duplicate applications under multiple areas of interest.  Put simply, each submitted application should be distinct and tailored to the specific area of interest.

Amount

$6,000,000

Amount Description

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

  • Topic Area 1 – Prototype System Testing: $6,000,000 (DOE Share)
  • Topic Area 2 – Core Technology Development: $300,000 (DOE Share)

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

  • Topic Area 1 – Prototype System Testing: $3,000,000 (DOE Share)
  • Topic Area 2 – Core Technology Development: $150,000 (DOE Share)

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

April 30, 2018