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Examples of 2014 DOE (Department of Energy) Grants, Loan and Financing Programs – Part 2 of 3

In last week’s post, we highlighted a number of available DOE grants for incubators. Today, we will be highlighting grants for research on geothermal systems and building technologies.

The DOE continues to support research being done by companies and think tanks nationwide. Enhanced insight into geothermal systems and solutions is of particular interest this year. The following research and development grants are now open:

1. Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline:  2/21/2014 11:59 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline:  4/11/2014 11:59 PM ET
  • Details: “The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is seeking applications for projects that address the overarching theme of uncertainty quantification and reduction, specifically through the development of Geothermal Play Fairways. A play fairway analysis defines levels of uncertainty with respect to the presence and utility of geothermal system elements, and translates them into maps to high grade the geographic area over which the most favorable combinations of heat, permeability, and fluid are thought to extend.”
  • Further instructions and documents: Click here.

2. Integrated Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Research and Development

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline:  3/21/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/30/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Details: “GTO seeks research projects that will facilitate a better understanding of physicochemical conditions to optimize subsurface engineering and stimulation methods, as well as assess and better understand the evolution and sustainability of a reservoir during long-term operations.”
  • Further instructions and documents: Click here.

The DOE is also offering a $10 million building technologies grant program. Details are below:

1. Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/31/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/19/2104 5:00 PM ET

Details: “DOE seeks to fund demonstration and deployment activities for technologies that are ready for market adoption but that may be underutilized due to market barriers including perception of risk, gaps in information and data on performance as well as cost. These technologies will offer a high degree of differentiation between current industry solutions, be widely replicable across the building size, sector and application and provide significant energy savings potential (as determined by market opportunity, site savings, and total potential savings at 100% penetration). Funding through this opportunity will enhance and accelerate the deployment and adoption of a broad range of competitively-solicited high impact energy saving technologies as well as new technology integration approaches

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