• [ July 19, 2013 ]
  • Funding Opportunity: ARPA-E Funding for Concept Papers – Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight

The FOCUS Program’s goal is to create disruptive, new solar energy conversion and storage technology options that enable higher penetration of solar energy into the U.S. energy system than what could be expected using today’s PV, CSP and electrical storage options.

Possible technical pathways to this goal include

  • Concentrating hybrid solar energy converters that optimize the utilization of the entire solar spectrum by inexpensively converting sunlight to both heat and electricity
  • Inexpensive hybrid energy storage devices that require both electricity and heat as inputs, with electricity as the output.

Energy systems incorporating these advanced converters and storage devices will be cost-competitive with other solutions. For example, electricity projects at utility scale will make dispatchable solar electricity competitive with conventional generation.

A subsidiary objective of the FOCUS Program is to form a diverse research community (including, e.g., CSP mechanical engineers, PV semiconductor materials and device scientists, optics/photonics experts, chemists, low-cost manufacturing experts and system integrators) who will innovate together. Successful FOCUS projects will reduce energy-related emissions, decrease U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources, and provide U.S. leadership in advanced solar energy technology.

Here, you can find FOA Documents.

For questions contact,
For questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE, contact
Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here. 

The deadline for the concept paper submission is 8/22/2013 at 5:00 PM ET.
The full application submission deadline is to be determined.
For more information, visit the website.



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