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The Solar Desalination funding program will develop novel technologies or concepts using solar thermal energy to assist in creating freshwater from otherwise unusable waters. Thermal desalination is a potential solution to increase water supplies for municipal water and agriculture, and is an important technology to purify water produced from various industrial processes, including oil and gas production.
|Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems (Gen3CSP)||
The Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems (Gen3CSP) funding program will take successful, high temperature, lab-scale sub-component concentrating solar power technologies, develop them into integrated assemblies, and test these components and systems through a wide range of conditions.
|Advanced Power Electronics Designs for Solar Applications||
The Advanced Power Electronics Designs for Solar Applications funding program will help the industry develop new technology to improve the devices that serve as the critical link between solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays and the electric grid.
|Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS)||
FOCUS projects aim to enable cost-effective solar energy systems that offer the best of today's existing technologies: high-efficiency conversion of sunlight to electricity and stored, dispatchable energy from heat.
|Defense Sciences Office (DSO)||
This office aims to identify and pursue high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and to transform these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security
|Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN)||
Recent advances in communications, computation, and sensing technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for the design of cyber-physical systems with increased responsiveness, interconnectivity and automation. To meet new challenges and societal needs, the Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN) Program invests in systems and control methods for analysis and design of cyber-physical systems to ensure stability, performance, robustness, and security.
Protecting and improving the resiliency of the Energy Sector in the face of both manmade and natural disasters is an ongoing effort that requires continued vigilance, contingency, planning and training. The department has several programs that fall within four main categories - information sharing and communication, physical and cyber security, coordination and planning and public confidence.
|Cybersecurity for Critical Energy Infrastructure||
A top priority for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) is to make the nation’s electric power grid and oil and natural gas infrastructure resilient to cyber threats.
The SUNSHOT initiative is a national effort to support solar energy adoption by making solar energy affordable for all Americans through research and development efforts in collaboration with public and private partners.
|Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS)||
CIS supports fundamental and innovative research necessary for designing, constructing, managing, maintaining, operating and protecting efficient, resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. Research that recognizes the role that these systems play in societal functioning and accounts for how human behavior and social organizations contribute to and affect the performance of these systems is encouraged.
|Energy for Sustainability||
The program supports fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and fuels, and for energy storage. These processes must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and use renewable resources.
The Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Sciences and Engineering (CyberSEES) program aims to advance interdisciplinary research in which the science and engineering of sustainability are enabled by new advances in computing in areas such as optimization, large scale data management and analytics, advanced sensing techniques, etc.
|Ground Mounted Solar PVs BRC Research Test Bed||
Implementation of the Solar Research Test Bed is an important part of the research scope of the Illinois Center for a Smarter Electric Grid (ICSEG). ICSEG’s research mission is to support the continuing development of the Smart Grid through research that tests and validates the trustworthiness (secure, reliable, private, resilient) of new components and systems that will be required to realize the full potential of the Smart Grid, and renewable energy systems such as wind and solar are critical to realizing this vision.
- Advanced Power Electronics Designs for Solar Applications
- Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS)
- Cybersecurity for Critical Energy Infrastructure
- Cyber SEES
- Defense Sciences Office (DSO)
- Energy Assurance
- Energy for Sustainability
- Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN)
- Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS)
- Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems (Gen3CSP)
- Ground Mounted Solar PVs BRC Research Test Bed
- Solar Desalination
- SUNSHOT Initiative