On 12th November, the US Department of Energy (DOE) said that it would give $130 million for solar technologies. DOE expects to finance over 67 projects in 30 states through the Office of Renewable Solar Energy Technologies and the Energy […]
On 12th November, the US Department of Energy (DOE) said that it would give $130 million for solar technologies. DOE expects to finance over 67 projects in 30 states through the Office of Renewable Solar Energy Technologies and the Energy Efficiency’s office. These projects would raise US manufacturing competitiveness, decrease solar cost, and boost the nation’s grid reliability.
Dan Brouillette, the US Energy Secretary, said that the department’s major goal is ensuring all Americans get reliable and low-cost power all the time. He added this involves the increase of the electricity system’s resilience if there are any interference and the creation of local production opportunities. Dan said that this is achievable through advanced solar technologies.
DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies projects would involve new research areas such as hybrid plants, solar with agriculture, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The funds will cater to various projects. For instance, $14 million would be used to install eight PV systems. These projects are expected to be durable and to promote solar systems’ reliability. The solar panels are made using advanced technologies such as thin-film, silicon solar cells, and bifacial solar cells.
Heliogen Inc. is awarded $39 million for the construction and operation of a supercritical carbon dioxide power cycle. This integrated thermal energy storage will be a test site to speed off low-cost CSP plants’ commercialization. Ten research projects will receive $34 million for system integration. The projects will come up with resilient community microgrids for restoring and maintaining electricity after natural disasters or human error. They will also help to come up with advanced hybrid plants operating with other resources for increased resilience and reliability and increasing cybersecurity for power systems and PV inverters.
Another six research projects would get $9.7 million to help them examine how information is conveyed to stakeholders for sound decision-making concerning solar with energy storage, energy efficiency, and EVs (electric vehicles). For manufacturing innovations, ten research projects would be awarded $14 million to invest in advanced prototypes for the pre-commercial stage, such as US solar manufacturing products and installation cost reduction.
Concerning solar and agriculture, four research projects have been awarded $7 million that will be used for research, technological advancements, necessary practices for farmers, and ranchers. For small innovative projects in solar, 18 projects would receive $5 million for advance innovation, developing novel ideas in CSP and PV, producing better results over a period of one year.https://newsinpaphos.com/