POWER Initiative: $65.8M in Available Funding

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) have created the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative to stabilize and grow the economic future of coal-impacted communities through job creation, capital investment, workforce development or reemployment opportunities. Through this program, $65.8 million in competitive federal funding will be awarded to communities and regions affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries.

Register for the May 27th Regional Workshop to learn about the POWER Initiative, funding and eligibility requirements, how to identify potential projects and collaborators, and the process for developing project proposals.

Carbon XPrize: New $20 million competition to reuse captured CO2

For decades, governments and the private sector have examined ways to capture CO2 and store it underground. These investments in research and development have led to significant improvements in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies, with several carbon capture solutions already being deployed today.

But what if instead of treating CO2 as waste, we turned that CO2 into something we can use?  The winning team will convert the most CO2 emissions into the highest value products. To be competitive, teams will have to make the business case for their approach as well as minimize their use of energy, water, land, and other inputs that have consequences for the environment.

Registration for the XPrize closes in March, and the first round of project submissions will be due in June. The grand prize will be announced in March 2020.

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NIST announces a “Transactive Energy” challenge (Sept 10-11)

On September 10-11, NIST in collaboration with federal partners and industry will host the NIST Transactive Energy Modeling and Simulation Challenge for the Smart Grid (TE) Kick-Off.

What is “transactive energy?”  It’s a way to organize the proliferating world of independent energy agents (sensor-enabled devices, distributed generation, energy storage, etc.)  in a way that won’t crash the one-way, centrally controlled grid that we want to connect them to.

The TE Challenge will bring researchers and companies with simulation tools together with utilities, product developers, and other grid stakeholders to create and demonstrate modeling and simulation platforms while applying TE approaches to real grid problems.

The products of the challenge will help industry understand the potential for TE and create a path for real-world trial implementations.

For more information on the challenge, please visit our TE Challenge Website.

Agenda:  Please see Draft Agenda (updated 8/28)

Online registration for the event:  All attendees must be pre-registered to gain entry to the NIST campus. Photo identification must be presented at the main gate to be admitted to the conference.  International attendees are required to present a passport. Attendees must wear their conference badge at all times while on the campus. There is no on-site registration for meetings held at NIST.

WEBCAST: Only the morning session (8:30am – 12:45pm ET) on day one will be webcast. The afternoon breakout sessions and day two will not be recorded. Please visit this page the morning of the workshop to access the Webcast Page.

Registration is not required to view the webcast. However, if you would like to register, and have a reminder and link to the webcast sent to you, you can do so at the TE Challenge Kickoff Webcast Registration Page. This registration link is only for webcast participation.

DOE Innovative Nuclear Research Funding Opportunity

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) conducts crosscutting nuclear energy research and development to develop innovative technologies that offer the promise of dramatically improved performance for advanced reactors and fuel cycle concepts. This funding opportunity is to support strategies and technologies for the safe, long-term management and eventual disposal of used nuclear fuel and advanced nuclear fuel and fuel cycle technologies that enhance the accident tolerance and enable sustainable fuel cycles to be demonstrated and deployed.

Current challenges include the development of high burnup fuel and cladding materials to withstand irradiation for longer periods of time with improved accident tolerance; development of simplified materials recovery technologies, waste management (including storage, transportation, and disposal), and proliferation risk reduction methods; and development of processes and tools to evaluate sustainable fuel cycle system options and to effectively communicate the results of the evaluation to stakeholders.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $56,200,000.  Applications due by Feb 18, 2016.
Full program and application details available at the National Energy University Programs website, and grants.gov

Two new energy prize competitions announced

CMU Jamathon for Sunshot Catalyst Prize Competition:  The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at CMU is hosting a Jamathon for the Department of Energy’s Sunshot Catalyst Prize Competition, a series of four contests with prizes from $1000 to $100,000 that aims to help teams with a raw idea build a real product that is ready for commercialization.

All entrepreneurs, developers, working professionals, mentors, makers, doers, and enthusiasts are invited to participate in the Jamathon.  Video pitch submission closes Friday August 14, 2015.  The event will take place in the Singleton Room on Carnegie Mellon’s campus.  You can register and get more information here: http://bit.ly/sunshot-catalyst-cmu.

The Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition:  the Pittsburgh region has been selected for a collegiate student energy entrepreneurship competition by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office.  The regional first place winner will receive a $50,000 prize and there will be additional prizes as well for other winners. The Scott Institute partners in co-hosting the competition are Innovation Works, Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Energy. An advisory committee that goes beyond the Pittsburgh area is being formed.

Check out http://cleantechprize.org to get more details.  They also need volunteers as mentors, judges, sponsors, subject matter experts, and advisory committee members. The event is tentatively scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 16. The deadline for submission of statements of intent is likely to be January 18, 2016 with final submissions by February 15, 2016.