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DOE Notice of Intent (NOI) Marine Hydrokinetic Technology Readiness Advancement Initiative NOI Number: DE-FOA-0000310 Program Manager/Area: Megan McCluer, Program Manager, Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Subject: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) No: DE-FOA-0000293 Description: This announcement is intended to provide potential applicants advance notice of the upcoming Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology FOA. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Prospective applicants should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to FedConnect, no later than March 31, 2010. Please do not respond or submit questions in response to this Notice of Intent. The Department of Energy‟s (DOE) Golden Field Office (GO) intends to issue, on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program (WHTP), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Readiness Advancement Initiative”. In this regard, DOE intends to solicit applications from industry-led partnerships that propose to advance the technology readiness of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies (systems and/or components), using MHK-specific technology readiness level (TRL) definitions and guidelines, as devised by DOE. For the purposes of this solicitation: MHK technologies refer to systems that produce renewable electricity by harnessing the kinetic or thermal gradients of a body of water; including, but not limited to: waves, currents, tides, free-flowing rivers, and ocean thermal energy. Regarding ocean thermal energy technologies, only applications for component development will be eligible. For subtopic area 2 (see below) the industry lead can be a technology developer, and/or a utility. Background: Technology readiness levels are used by numerous federal agencies and many private sector companies, as a metric to assess the maturity of evolving technologies in a consistent and uniform manner. The adoption of this metric is being proposed to guide and evaluate MHK technology development efforts and to accelerate the operational readiness of MHK systems and components. Preliminary definitions of DOE‟s proposed TRL categories are as follows: TRL # TRL Description TRL Definition TRL 1-3 Discovery / Concept Paper, analytic and laboratory studies validating Definition concepts have been performed; first order energy capture model developed that allows rough order of magnitude cost-to-manufacture and COE projections. TRL 4 Proof of Concept Component and/or system mock-up at a scale model level, validating form, fit and function (F3) TRL 5 Laboratory Validation of Component and/or system testing is performed in a Scale Model laboratory-simulated environment. TRL 6 Test Facility Validation of Well evolved scale-model or prototype system is Scale Model tested and demonstrated in a test facility capable of simulating the operational environment. TRL 7 Open Water System Test System prototype, incorporating final design and Validation evolutions, is tested in the applicable open-water environment TRL 8 System Demonstration / Final system design achieved, with all applicable Operational Verification specifications and performance parameters verified. TRL 9 Commercial-Scale The system is in production and being Application applied/deployed in commercial applications. Specific subtopics of interest are: 1. Marine and Hydrokinetic Technologies- Concept Development: The objective of this topic area is to stimulate and support technological innovation for the investigation and advancement of innovative water power technologies at both the component and system level, with a focus on funding projects in DOE TRL 1-3, and advancing the best concepts to TRL 4. We intend to fund analytical studies of innovative concepts or projects that propose a sound but novel approach to a potentially important water power technology, science, or engineering breakthrough that can be applied to, or add to the portfolio of, innovative water power technologies. This can be a solution or an improvement to an existing component or system, or the pursuit of a new technology or system, with the principal focus on systems capable of producing utility-scale electricity. Projects shall evaluate, insofar as possible, the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of ideas that appear to have commercial potential and/or substantial applications in support of water power technologies. These projects may; (a) focus on innovative water power systems that seek to effectively capture the hydrokinetic energy of waves or currents for the production of electricity, or, (b) seek to develop advanced components for existing water power systems (such as power takeoff devices). The grant application should concentrate on research that will contribute to proving scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. As stated above, the principal objective is to advance “concepts” that fall within DOE TRL 1-3 (Concept Definition) to DOE TRL 4 (Proof of Concept). 2. MHK Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Advancement: The objective of this topic area is to advance the technological and operational readiness of water power technologies (systems and components) with a focus on funding projects in DOE TRL 4 – 9. DOE‟s Water Power Program intends to employ TRLs as a systematic and consistent metric that supports assessments and comparisons of the maturity of a wide range of diverse and sometimes competing water power technologies. Through this initiative, the Program will use TRLs to make decisions concerning the following: 1. the appropriate TRL designation (e.g., the current development status) of water power technologies and systems; 2. the selection of, and funding amounts for, water power technologies (systems and components) in various TRLs. 3. the effective transitioning of technologies along the TRL scale towards “operational readiness” and commercialization; Applicants will be required to (1) appropriately self-categorize their technology based on DOE TRL definitions and guidelines that will be further defined and included in the FOA, and (2) present a comprehensive RDT&E plan that advances the technology readiness (as measured by advances in TRL categorization) of the technology (system or component). General Information: The concept and application of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) are discussed in greater detail in the report, Best Practices: Successful Application to Weapon Acquisitions Requires Changes in DOD’s Environment (GAO/NSIAD-98-56, Feb. 24, 1998) and Best Practices: Better Management of Technology Development Can Improve Weapon System Outcomes. Applicants may also be interested in reviewing the report, Ocean Energy: Development and Evaluation Protocol (HMRC, September 2003), and/or Tidal-current Energy Device Development and Evaluation Protocol (UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (URN 08/1317), released 2008 This announcement is intended to provide potential applicants advance notice of the upcoming Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology FOA. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Prospective applicants should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to FedConnect, no later than March 31, 2010. Please do not respond or submit questions in response to this Notice of Intent. There are several one-time actions prospective applicants must complete in order to submit an application through FedConnect. All interested parties must be registered with FedConnect, have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). Due to the likelihood of a short response period, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure these requirements have been met. Applicants may use the FedConnect Quick Start guide at https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/PublicPages/FedConnect_Ready_Set_Go.pdf for assistance with the FedConnect registration process. Designating an E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) and obtaining a special password called an MPIN are important steps in the CCR registration process. Applicants not yet registered with CCR and FedConnect should allow at least 21 days to complete these requirements. It is strongly recommended that the process be started as soon as possible. If your organization does not have a DUNS number, go to the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) online registration located at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do to receive a number free of charge or call 1-866-705-5711. The Central Contractor Registration (CCR) collects, validates, stores, and disseminates business information about the Federal Government's trading partners in support of the contract award, grants, and the electronic payment processes. To see if your organization is already registered with CCR, check the CCR website located at http://www.bpn.gov/ccrinq/scripts/search.asp. You will be able to search CCR by using either your organization‟s DUNS Number or legal business name. If your organization is already registered, take note of who is listed as the organization‟s E-Business Point of Contact (E- Business POC). This person will be responsible for registering in FedConnect. To register in FedConnect, go to https://www.FedConnect.net/FedConnect/ or contact the FedConnect Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that the system functionality of FedConnect requires organizations to be registered with the CCR before registering with FedConnect. (FedConnect „Quick Start Guide‟: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/PublicPages/FedConnect_Ready_Set_Go.pdf ) If your organization is not registered in CCR, go to the CCR Website at http://www.ccr.gov and select the "Start New Registration" option to begin the registration process. Please allow up to 7 days for processing of your registration which includes the IRS validating your Employer Identification Number (Taxpayer Identification Number or Social Security Number). The organization‟s E-Business POC will be designated during the CCR registrations process. A special Marketing Partner ID Number (MPIN) is established as a password to verify the E- Business POC. The DOE will not entertain questions at this time. Once the FOA has been posted, all registered users will be able to submit questions through FedConnect. Disclaimer: This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the DOE‟s intention to issue this FOA. DOE reserves the right to change the requirements of any proposed FOA, issue a FOA involving only a portion of the elements listed, or not issue a FOA at all. Any of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. Any amounts proposed for funding are subject to the availability of funding.
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