August 2020
Monthly Update
Jim Saber, President & CEO


I hope that all of you reading this are enjoying you summer and are healthy and staying safe! Last month, I shared a couple of projects that we launched which accelerate smart, clean, and accessible solutions for our communities and cities. This month, I want to highlight a current project which is continuing with great success. Read more.
Whether you are an innovator offering smart mobility or smart grid technology solutions, or a community, city or organization in need of solutions to address your most pressing challenges; our established network can provide opportunities and connections to help you achieve your goals.
Decentralized Power Can Accelerate Our Clean Energy Future
By: Tim Slusser
Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives

While reading about Germany’s recently announced national hydrogen strategy, I came across a press release from Bosch about its recent fuel cell demonstration - a small presentation with large implications. If successful, this type of technology could move from supplementing existing power systems to becoming a primary source of decentralized power generation. Read more.
Press Release
NextEnergy collaborates with Navya to activate a Detroit first autonomous shuttle solution

A self-driving, accessible, paratransit shuttle is being deployed to transport senior citizens and the underserved to and from appointments and other needs at a local hospital in Detroit, Michigan. The deployment – a partnership between Navya, NextEnergy, Bestmile, Flagstar Bank, IXR Mobility, and AARP, as well as DTE, and Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification PlanetM – aims to enhance accessibility for residents of two communities, Brush Park Manor Senior Center and Brewster Homes, through the use of a self-driving shuttle featuring an ADA compliant wheelchair ramp manufactured by BraunAbilityRead more.
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What We're Reading

We've asked the NextEnergy team to share the industry-related news, stories and information that have grabbed their attention this month. We hope you find it useful! For more recommendations you can explore past editions on our website.
Jim Saber, President & CEO
What he's reading: Fuel Cells Powering Through During Global Pandemic
Media: actnews
What makes it interesting: Good update on fuel applications and the industry activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Latonya Binford, Accountant
What she's reading: COVID-19 And Cash Flow Management
What makes it interesting: Several timely strategies of managing small business cash flow during the pandemic are discussed. The most interesting is the 80/20 rule: identify 20% of the customers that bring in 80% of the company's revenue and focus on meeting their needs and revenue collection. These strategies are most necessary, as small businesses across the country are suffering due to sudden shut down because of the pandemic.
Tim Slusser, Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives
What he's reading: Felecia Pryor CHRO @ BorgWarner: 'It's OK to see color'
What makes it interesting: Felecia Pryor offers an interesting perspective on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Angella Durkin, Chief Operating Officer
What she's reading: Next Chapter for Smart Cities is Practical, Equitable
What makes it interesting: The future of smart cities isn't just about exciting new emerging tech, it's about how that tech can solve practical problems for all people everyday. As this article states moving forward smart city trends are about performance, efficiency and equity.
Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Department
What he's reading: Automated Vehicle Systems Perform Poorly in AAA Tests
Media: Autobeat
What makes it interesting: The AAA real-world scenario tests are in and it doesn't look good for level 2 automated vehicle technologies. Conclusion: more testing and validation is needed to bring these systems to market safely.
Eric McDonald, Director, Facilities & Infrastructure Development
What he's reading:Is the solar industry prepared for a wave of end-of-life inverters?
What makes it interesting: Globally, over 4 GW of commercial and utility scale solar installations are expected to fail this year. Those solar installations were constructed 10 to 15 years ago during a boom in solar construction. The inverters driving those installations are reaching their end-of-life and few were installed with any type of monitoring or sensors. Will any property managers be doing field checks? What happens with all those failed inverters?
Funding Opportunities
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Deadline: Sept. 14, 2020
Awards: $35M
REMADE is a part of Manufacturing USA®, a network of federally funded institutes working to increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and promote a robust and sustainable national manufacturing research and development (R&D) infrastructure. This RFP solicits proposals for projects in two areas:
Transformational Research & Development Projects
Transformational R&D project proposals will demonstrate the potential to transform the recycling and remanufacturing industries through technological innovation.
Traditional R&D Projects
Traditional R&D projects will develop tools and technologies that are consistent with the research priorities in the REMADE Roadmap.

Deadline: Sept. 23, 2020
Awards: $20M
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office seeks projects that will help achieve the office’s goal of lowering solar electricity costs and increase U.S. solar manufacturing by improving the efficiency, reliability, and durability of perovskite photovoltaic materials and reducing the costs of materials and processes.

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2020
Awards: TBD
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) solicits feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders through this RFI.
This RFI is issued to understand how hydrogen and fuel cell research priorities and goals can address evolving technology needs and to inform related research, development and demonstration (RD&D) activities that may be undertaken by DOE. The information being sought under this RFI is intended to assist HFTO in further defining the scope and priorities of its RD&D initiatives as well as its consortia that were established to address its priorities.

Jump into STEM Challenges
Deadline for all challenges: Nov. 13, 2020
Awards: Winners will receive paid internships during summer 2021 at either the Oak Ridge National Laboratory or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
The objective of this challenge is to develop conceptual designs that support the DOE’s Building Technologies Office overall GEB strategy in the areas of 1) intelligent algorithms that optimize the operation of building’s active and passive systems to maximize energy efficiency, and 2) whole-building-level interoperable and low cost automation systems that enable communication with building equipment and appliance to optimize operation to provide grid services.
The objective of this challenge is to develop technical solutions to expedite energy audits or develop a simplified, yet effective, energy audit methodology, by finding ways to reduce time and cost compared to current audit practices. In addition to proposing solutions, this challenge also asks teams to demonstrate the proposed energy audit solution on an existing building.
The objective of this challenge is to develop an innovative solution incorporating substantial changes in building materials or construction methods, leading to benefits such as increased productivity and worker safety through reduced construction time, reduced cost and waste, improvements to occupant comfort and health, and reduced energy use.

Deadline: Aug. 31, 2020
Awards: Up to $10M
The ULTIMATE Program seeks to fund the development and demonstration of ultrahigh temperature materials that can operate continuously at 1300º C in a standalone material test environment (or with coatings, enabling gas turbine inlet temperatures of 1800° C) or higher, targeting gas turbine applications in the power generation and aviation industries. The successful materials must be able to withstand not only the highest temperature in a turbine but also the extreme stresses of a turbine blade. This program will concurrently fund the development of manufacturing processes for turbine components using these materials, enabling complex geometries that can be seamlessly integrated in the system design. Coatings including both environmental barrier coatings and thermal barrier coatings are also within the scope of this program. It is expected that the development of novel ultrahigh temperature materials in combination with compatible coatings and manufacturing technologies will enable the efficiency of gas turbines to be improved by up to 7%, which will result in significant reductions in wasted energy and carbon emissions.

Deadline: Sept. 25, 2020
Awards: $75M
The Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) solicitation provides a vital mechanism for the support of innovative energy research and development (R&D) that complements the Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy’s primary R&D focus on early-stage transformational energy technologies that still require proof-of-concept.

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2021
Awards: TBD
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is requesting cost-shared proposals from industry to assess applicability of technologies that can reduce the energy intensity of U.S. buildings by 30% by 2030, relative to 2010. The mission of the Building Technologies Office is to develop and accelerate the adoption of cost-effective technologies, techniques, tools, and services that enable high-performing, energy-efficient, and demand-flexible residential and commercial buildings in both new and existing building markets.

Phase I Deadline: Oct. 19, 2020
Phase I Award: Up to $250,000
Phase II Deadline: Dec. 8, 2020
Phase II Award: Up to $1.6M
The SBIR and STTR programs are U. S. Government programs, intended to help certain small businesses conduct R&D. At DOE, funding takes the form of grants. Projects must have the potential for commercialization and meet specific DOE mission-specific R&D needs.
The SBIR/STTR Programs Office works collaboratively with 13 program offices throughout the DOE. Each DOE program office considers its high priority research needs and program mission, as well as the Department’s goals for the program in developing research topics. The specific research topics selected for the SBIR and STTR programs are developed by DOE technical program managers. DOE offers more than sixty technical topics and 250 subtopics, spanning research areas that support the DOE mission in Energy Production, Energy Use, Fundamental Energy Sciences, Environmental Management, and Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.


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