Small businesses in a clean-energy zone can request for technical assistance from Sandia National Laboratories and other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) labs by a new pilot.
David Danielson, DOE partner secretary forEnergy Efficiency and Renewable Energy(EERE), announced a launch of a Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot website on Wednesday, Sept. 23, during Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The pilot, partial of EERE’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative, aims to assistance tiny businesses move next-generation purify appetite technologies to a marketplace faster by giving them entrance to imagination and collection during inhabitant labs.
Earlier this year, DOE chose Sandia as one of a 5 leads in a $20 million pilot, along with a National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest inhabitant laboratories.
Sandia was awarded a commander in a sectors of solar energy, breeze and geothermal technologies, and will accept appropriation to allot to tiny business applicants. “Sandia is vehement to conduct an beginning that will concede a labs to assistance purify appetite companies opposite a country,” pronounced Jackie Kerby Moore, Sandia’s manager of record and mercantile development.
Companies can request to Sandia by a SBV website for $50,000 to $300,000 in vouchers that can be used for a accumulation of technical assistance. The best business proposals focusing on a specific technical plea will be comparison in a rival process. Successful companies will be compulsory to yield a 20 percent cost share or in-kind services.
Nationwide, a commander focuses on assisting tiny businesses building technologies in a areas of modernized manufacturing, buildings, vehicles, wind, water, bioenergy, fuel cells, geothermal and solar. To be authorised to apply, businesses contingency be U.S.-based and -owned with no some-more than 500 full-time employees worldwide. A sum of 3 cycles of competitions will be offering to meddlesome tiny businesses in 2015 and 2016.
Sandia offers a operation of imagination and comforts to support investigate in fields compared to a SBV goals.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) investigate uses Sandia’s Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory and Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory to weigh and urge performance, reliability, cost efficacy and grid formation of PV systems.
Sandia also does displaying and investigate of PV components and systems, PV opening displaying and investigate to revoke and optimize non-hardware balance-of-system components and costs. It also explores grid formation and modernized inverters to support large-scale deployment of PV in grid-tied appetite systems, and contributes to a growth of inhabitant and general PV codes and standards.
Applied investigate in Sandia’s breeze appetite module helps boost a viability of land-based and offshore breeze appetite by improving opening and enhancing trustworthiness to revoke costs. The lab focuses on breeze blade and rotor materials and design, member and complement reliability, plant opening and operations and maintenance. Sandia also researches breeze turbines and radars to assistance optimize breeze appetite siting decisions, and contributes to breeze power-related standards.
Sandia’s geothermal investigate aims to revoke a cost and risk compared with geothermal resources growth to enhance a nation’s use of geothermal energy. The lab’s work centers on growth and review of softened good construction and execution technologies, such as drilling record and diagnostics, high heat wiring and tools, geothermal systems modeling, modernized cavalcade bits, fountainhead kick technologies and wellbore stability.