SunShot to Fund Solar Thermal Desalination Research


Subprogram: Concentrating Solar Power
Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001821

The SunShot Initiative intends to release a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for solar desalination technology, which supports research, development, and potential demonstration of early- stage technologies that can significantly reduce the costs of desalination powered by solar thermal energy.

Rather than utilizing high-value electricity as an energy input, solar thermal desalination can achieve lower costs than current reverse osmosis systems by lowering the cost of collecting and storing solar thermal energy and increasing the efficiency of thermal desalination technologies. The Solar Desalination funding opportunity announcement may include four areas of interest:

  • Low cost solar thermal heat;
  • Innovative thermal desalination techniques;
  • Solar thermal integrated desalination; and
  • Solar thermal desalination analysis.

Download the full notice of intent HERE, which includes more information on the topic areas. The funding opportunity announcement is expected to be released on or about September 25, 2017. All of the information in the notice is subject to change.

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