Funding Alert: STRIVES for Solar Technologies’ Rapid Integration & Validation!

By Oliver Townsend May 29, 2024
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When it comes to clean energy technologies, innovation and advancement are crucial for a sustainable future. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) recently announced the Solar Technologies’ Rapid Integration and Validation for Energy Systems (STRIVES) funding opportunity. This initiative aims to provide up to $31 million for research, development, and demonstration projects to enhance power systems simulation software tools and explore new business models for distribution systems operations. The goal is to optimize the value of inverter-based resources (IBRs) and distributed energy resources like solar generation, wind generation, energy storage, buildings, and electric vehicles.

Driving the Transition to Clean Energy

The shift towards clean energy technologies is reshaping the electric grid, leading to a decentralized, digitally controlled system that requires effective coordination of diverse assets. To ensure a reliable, resilient, and secure grid, new operational tools and methods are essential. The clean energy transition also introduces new stakeholders to the energy sector, creating opportunities for innovative organizational models that promote equitable access and participation in electricity markets.

FOA Details and Topic Areas

This funding opportunity is part of a coordinated effort by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to issue multiple FOAs totaling more than $100 million for field demonstration projects and research supporting grid planning and operations. The STRIVES FOA focuses on two key topic areas:

Topic Area 1: Robust Experimentation and Advanced Learning for Distribution System Operators — This area will support 8–10 projects with funding ranging from $2.5-3 million each. Projects will design and conduct field demonstrations of distribution system operator models that consider technology development and involve non-traditional stakeholders in potential distribution electricity services and markets.

Topic Area 2: Improved Simulation Tools for Large-Scale IBR Transient and Dynamic Studies — This area will fund 4–5 projects with amounts ranging from $1-2.5 million each. Projects will focus on developing and demonstrating software tools and methodologies to enhance the ability of power systems engineers to model the dynamics of power systems with geographically dispersed IBRs.

Webinar and Teaming Partner List

SETO will host an informational webinar on June 10 at 1 p.m. ET to provide insights into the funding opportunity and the topic areas. Additionally, DOE is compiling a “Teaming Partner List” to facilitate the formation of project teams. Organizations interested in participating can express their interest and explore potential partnerships through the Teaming Partner List on the EERE eXCHANGE website.

For detailed submission instructions and additional information, interested parties can visit the official funding opportunity page on the EERE Exchange website. Concept papers are due on July 25 at 5 p.m. ET, and the DOE will host an informational webinar on June 10 to discuss the program further and highlight the focus areas. Stay informed about renewable energy funding opportunities by signing up for the EERE email list, the SETO newsletter, and the WETO newsletter.

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