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Sandia and Sunshine-to-Petrol™: Renewable Drop-in Transportation Fuels

Solicitation Number: 14_396
Agency: Department of Energy
Office: Sandia Corp. (DOE Contractor)
Location: Sandia National Laboratories
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Special Notice
Added: Oct 29, 2013 7:12 pm
Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) is conducting ongoing research and development into solar fuels, the conversion of sunlight, CO2, and H2O into high energy density, gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel pre-cursors. Our solar fuels program, Sunshine to Petrol (S2P), is cost competitive with other renewable transportation fuel options such as biofuels, gas-to-liquid reforming, solar electrolysis and photoelectrocatalysis. In addition to cost competitiveness, the unique value in S2P is the production of fuels other than methanol, ethanol, and hydrogen that can be integrated directly into the existing transportation infrastructure.

S2P uses a two-step solar thermochemical cycle. Sandia is the world leader in this technology having developed two engine prototypes, in addition to pioneering the gold standards in redox/catalyst materials, and also completing thorough systems studies and life cycle analysis. Sandia has authored multiple publications and owns a substantial intellectual property (IP) portfolio.

Sandia is seeking a company or companies interested in this unique opportunity which will lead to the demonstration and deployment of this technology. We are seeking a partner interested in Cooperative Research & Development Agreements (CRADAs) or Work for Others agreements (WFOs). Potential partners must have a significant interest in developing this technology to the demonstration and deployment stage. The CRADA or WFO is expected to include funds-in to Sandia from the partner(s). Background IP and new IP developed in the course of the relationship will be available for licensing, up to an exclusive license. Interested companies are preferred but not required to have experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

• Research and development of high temperature metal oxide formulations to optimize the thermodynamics, kinetics, and stability of solar thermochemical redox reactions.

• Research and development of high temperature engine fabrication including heat management and thermal cycling, gas reactant and product separations, and integration to on-sun applications.

• Deployment of concentrating solar power technologies to chemical reaction methodologies.

• Commercialization and integration of renewable transportation fuel options into the existing petrochemical/fuel infrastructure.

For further information, please respond to Anthony Martino at Sandia National Laboratories by email

Contracting Office Address:
Sandia National Laboratories
Anthony Martino
P.O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM 87185 USA

Primary Point of Contact:
Anthony Martino

PO Box 5800
MS: 0115
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185
Anthony Martino