DOE awards $130M for solar applied sciences tasks

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DOE awards $130M for solar technologies projects

DOE awards $ 130 million for solar technology projects

Posted on November 17, 2020 by Dave Kovaleski

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has made available US $ 130 million for various projects to advance solar technologies.

Through the DOE’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE will fund 67 research projects in 30 states that will reduce solar costs, make US manufacturing more competitive, and improve grid reliability.

“Ensuring affordable, reliable electricity for all Americans while minimizing risk is a top priority for this department,” said US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. “That means creating domestic production opportunities and increasing the resilience of the power supply system in the event of disruptions. Projects to further develop solar technology are critical to achieving these goals. “

Among some of the awards, $ 14 million will be used on eight projects that will extend the life of PV systems and increase the reliability of solar systems made from silicon solar cells as well as new technologies such as thin film and bifacial solar cells. In addition, $ 39 million will go to Heliogen to build and operate a supercritical carbon dioxide electrical circuit that will serve as a test site to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost CSP systems.

In addition, $ 34 million will be used on 10 research projects developing resilient municipal microgrids to maintain and restore power during man-made or natural disasters, improve cybersecurity for PV inverters and power systems, and develop advanced hybrid systems that Other resources are collaborated for improved reliability and resilience.

In addition, $ 7.3 million will be awarded for 10 projects that use AI and machine learning to optimize operations and solar forecasting, improve situational awareness in the distribution system and behind the meter, and enable the integration of more solar energy.

The full list of projects can be found on the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office website.

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