Opportunity Notice for Parties Interested in Partnering with NETL under FOA No. DE-FOA-0000805
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has a 100 year history of fossil energy research and expertise in experimentation and modeling in energy conversion, thermal management, and ancillary operations related to power production and utilization. The NETL is interested in submitting an application to the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Office in response to Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number DE-FOA-0000805, "Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP: ELEMENTS)", an effort to develop thermal energy storage systems for large-scale solar power installations. The estimated total value of this effort will be $1,200,000, with 20% of that, or $200,000, required to come from cost-shared funds. Parties interested in obtaining additional information regarding NETL's proposed approach to thermochemical storage are required to submit the attached non-disclosure agreement.
The NETL is seeking project partners that can contribute technical experience, services, or equipment to meet the mandatory 20% minimum cost-share to qualify for support of the research effort to be conducted under the EERE FOA. Cost-share can be in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions. Allowable in-kind contributions include but are not limited to personnel costs, rental value of building or equipment or the value of a service or other resource. Qualified candidate partners are required to have a minimum of 5 years experience with solar power plants and gas turbine technology and provide evidence of prior experience in partnering with federal agencies. Candidate partners will be required to contribute their expertise in developing a techno-economic assessment of NETL's approach to thermochemical storage, as well as provide insight on how the concept could be implemented in a commercial design.
Qualified candidates interested in partnering with NETL under the EERE FOA and able to meet the cost share requirement are invited to email a submittal to NETL no later than 8:00 AM EDT June 10, 2013 (email address identified below). The submittal shall not exceed 3 pages in length and shall include the following: a)no more than a 2-page technical discussion addressing the requirements described above, a description of their overall commercial interest in thermochemical storage, and a description of relevant experience, key personnel, and facilities and equipment that might be utilized; and b) less than 1-page budget summarizing the overall proposed project cost contribution with clear delineation of the allowable cost-share components.
Submittals will be evaluated on (1) technical understanding of the requirements for energy storage systems, (2) qualifications and experience of proposed key personnel, (3) organizational and management experience, including teaming, and (4) adequacy and feasibility of the proposed budget. Each criterion will carry equal weight. The selection decision will be based on overall best value.
The NETL will incorporate the information from the partner it intends to use as part of NETL's application to EERE under the FOA described above. The NETL will not enter into a partnership arrangement unless and until NETL is selected for a reimbursable work opportunity by EERE under the FOA described above. NETL is not responsible for costs incurred by prospective partners in preparation of their submittals to NETL.
Submittals are due not later than 8:00 AM EDT June 10, 2013 and shall be submitted to the email address below. It is anticipated that the selected partner will be notified by 8:00 PM EDT Monday June 17, 2013.
Sue Miltenberger, Contract Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org