The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) released the Advancing U.S. Thin-Film Solar Photovoltaics funding opportunity, which will award $36 million for research, development, and demonstration projects on two major thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technologies. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is designed to help enable domestic manufacturing of affordable solar hardware, increase the portion of solar hardware value kept in the U.S. economy, and promote American leadership in thin-film PV technologies.

The FOA will fund projects on industrial perovskite PV research and development to enable future commercialization of technologies that combine perovskite PV with another material, known as hybrid tandem. Projects should reach or accelerate the attainment of specific thresholds of efficiency, long-term reliability, manufacturability, and economic viability aligned with targets identified in a prior SETO Request for Information.

Other projects will advance cadmium telluride (CdTe) PV research, development, demonstration, and commercialization across the materials, equipment, installation, and performance monitoring sectors to improve the competitiveness of the domestic CdTe PV industry.

SETO expects to make approximately two to fifteen awards under this FOA ranging from $1 million to $20 million per award.

Prior to submitting a full application for this opportunity, a mandatory concept paper is due October 24 at 5 p.m. ET.

SETO will host an informational webinar on September 26 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the funding opportunity and the areas of focus. Register for the webinar.

Learn more about this funding opportunity and other open funding opportunities within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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