The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of EnergyEfficiency and RenewableEnergy (EERE) is seeking applications for cost-shared research anddevelopmentof technologies which will provide the next step in the ?SuperBoiler? steamgeneration initiative. Projects will be in two phases. Phase I willinvolveresearch into methods to achieve ultra-high efficiency for industrialwater-tube and/or fire-tube package boilers. There will be adown-selectionfollowing Phase I. The project(s) continuing into Phase II will build ontheresults of Phase I to develop an industrial prototype fire- or water-tubepackage boiler and demonstrate the performance of the boiler in the field.Background: In 1999, the Department of Energy conducted a solicitationseekingapplications for innovative crosscutting industrial technologies that wouldenhance economic competitiveness, reduce energy consumption and reduceenvironmental impacts as described in the Industrial Combustion Vision(1998),and the Combustion Technology Roadmap (1999) (located atwww.eere.energy.gov/industry/combustion/partnerships.html ). Thesolicitationresulted in a research and development project for an advanced fire-tubedesignboiler. This type represents the largest number of industrial boilers.However, boilers of this type only represent about 1/3 of the energyconsumedin industrial boilers. The balance of energy is consumed, approximatelyequally, in package water-tube boilers and field erected boilers.In August of 2004 a workshop attended by industrial boiler stakeholders washeld to assist DOE in identifying the next steps that are needed to furtherthegoal of enhanced economic competitiveness, reduced energy consumption, andreduced environmental impact. The results of the workshop are recorded inareport, Ultra-High Efficiency Industrial Steam Generation R D Opportunities(http://www.eere.energy.gov/industry/combustion/partnerships.html ). Inaddition to reiterating the importance of advances in sensors and controls,heat transfer technologies and multi-fuel capability (opportunities alsocalledout in the Industrial Combustion Roadmap), the workshop attendees alsoidentified ultra-high steam generation at higher pressure and highertemperature as an important goal. Another outcome of the workshop was arequest to broaden participation in the research by designing the fundingopportunity announcement so that the first phase would encourageorganizationsthat would normally be competitors to join forces to solve particularlydifficult development problems. For the second phase (system design anddemonstration) of the work, the Combustion program will support patentwaiversthat would allow for protection of specific design concepts and would allowdevelopers to retain intellectual property ownership. Successfulapplicantswill need to complete the patent waiver request process located at 10 CFRPart784. This announcement incorporates these recommendations.The specific goal of this announcement is development and demonstration ofaninnovative steam generation technology capable of the following:? Thermal efficiency greater than 94% (HHV)? NOx emissions below 2 vppm? CO emissions below 2 vppm? VOC emissions below 1 vppm? Capable of operating on multiple fuels? Capable of producing high pressure/high temperature steam (greater than1500/degrees/F/1500 psig)? System weight and footprint 50% of currently available boilers withcomparable performanceApproximately $200,000 in fiscal year 2005 federal funds is estimated to beavailable to fund awards. DOE anticipates making two to four Awards forPhaseI and down-selecting and continuing with one to two projects to Phase II.ForPhase I, DOE anticipates approximately $600,000 will be available for eachtwoyear research project. For Phase II, approximately $1,200,000 over twoyearswill be available for the projects that will continue into this phase. Thegrants will be awarded in accordance with DOE Financial Assistanceregulations,10 CFR 600. Award of a grant under this Funding Opportunity Announcementdoesnot commit the Government to fund any follow-on research. Successfulapplicants will be required to submit quarterly and final reports to DOE.All applications shall include go/no-go decision points with the firstdecisionpoint occurring within approximately 24 months after the project starts.Thiswill become the end of the project?s first budget period and marks the endofthe research and development stage of the project. Subsequent budgetperiodsshould also be structured around major milestones and go/no-go decisionpointsat approximately one year intervals for the remainder of the project.Thesedecision points should be identified when addressing the Project ManagementPlan, Team Capabilities, and Commercialization Plan criterion. The projectmust demonstrate to DOE that it has met the identified objectives tied tothego/no-go decision point, has completed the objectives in compliance with amutually agreed upon management plan, has submitted timely and informativereports, and identifies the objectives planned for the new budget periodbeforeit can proceed to the next budget period. DOE will use these go/no-godecisionpoints to determine which project(s) (anticipated that one or two willcontinue) will be continued to the next budget period based on technicalprogress and funding availability. Due to the limited amount ofanticipatedfuture fiscal year funding, it is anticipated that some projects will notbecontinued after the end of each budget period, notwithstanding thetechnicalprogress made during that budget period, even if all anticipated objectiveshave been met or exceeded. DOE may appoint an independent peer review ortechnical review panel to assist in evaluating the technical progress ofeachproject and make recommendations to DOE regarding the project.All applications need to include a budget for the entire project, i.e.Phases Iand II. 20% non-federal cost share is the minimum requirement for ResearchandDevelopment projects in Phase I and 50% non-federal cost share minimum isrequired for projects continuing to Phase II for validation anddemonstration.Validation and demonstration of latter-stage technologies is defined asfull orcommercial scale testing of a process technology beyond pilot-scale.Cost share may be provided as cash or as in-kind contributions. Cost sharemaynot be other federal funding, including federal funding of a nationallaboratory through another contract vehicle (see 10CFR600.123 and10CFR600.127for non-profits and 10CFR600.313 and 10CFR600.317 for for-profitorganizations).ALL QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT MUST BESUBMITTED THROUGH THE IIPS SYSTEM (SEE SECTION VII OF THE SOLICITATION FORQUESTION SUBMITTAL INSTRUCTIONS).
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Eligible functional categories:
Conservation Research and Development
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