Biden-Harris Administration dedicates $56 million to domestic solar manufacturing and recycling
The Biden-Harris Administration, through the United States Department of Energy (DOE), has announced a series of new initiatives and $56 million in new funding, including $10 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to promote innovation in the production and recycling of to promote solar energy.
Together, the funding will help make clean energy more affordable and reliable, create high-paying jobs and increase US economic growth and competitiveness. Developing more solar energy, the cheapest form of new electricity supply, is key to reaching President Biden’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035.
“This administration wants U.S. leadership in solar energy from manufacturing to recycling, and that means making the right investments to make sure these technologies are done here at home,” the U.S. Secretary of State said. Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill allows DOE to invest in our nation’s innovators so they can improve manufacturing and strengthen the domestic solar supply chain — lowering energy bills for Americans and businesses and building a just future for them.” clean energy is sent.”
According to DOEs Solar Supply Chain Assessment Report, developing more domestic solar production could lead to benefits for the climate and the environment, as well as for American workers, employers and national security, while lowering energy bills for American families. The new programs announced here are designed to drive innovation in solar technology and manufacturing, support the U.S.’s ability to expand production of thin-film modules, which do not rely on foreign-dominated supply chains , and to support newer technologies such as perovskite solar. cells. The former government’s DOE also previously expressed interest in perovskites with $20 million in funding announced in 2020.
DOE’s New Financing Opportunities for Solar Innovation
The $29 Million FY22 Photovoltaic (PV) Research and Development funding opportunity includes $10 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support projects that increase the reuse and recycling of solar technologies. The funding opportunity also supports projects developing PV module designs that reduce manufacturing costs, as well as projects promoting the production of PV cells from perovskites, a family of materials that show potential for durability, high performance, and low manufacturing costs.
The FY22 Solar Power Production Incubator funding opportunity will raise $27 million for projects aimed at commercializing new technologies that could expand private investment in U.S. solar production. Funding is available for projects that will prepare new technologies and manufacturing processes for commercialization and demonstrate solutions that could boost domestic production of thin film PV made from cadmium telluride, the second most common PV technology on the market after silicon.
DOE’s continued commitment to solar energy
Today, DOE also announced $18 million in funding through the Technology Commercialization Fund for seven proposed National Laboratory projects designed to address the commercialization challenges faced by DOE-funded technologies on their way to market.
DOE also gives a Request for information on challenges and opportunities for vehicular-integrated PV, which enables solar energy to provide power to vehicles, including cars, recreational vehicles, trains, boats and aircraft. The solar and transportation industry and other stakeholders are encouraged to submit feedback by August 22 at 5:00 PM ET.
Earlier this week, DOE announced that $8 million to seven small solar companies to conduct research and development in concentrating solar thermal energy, power electronics and water technologies to solar energy.
Learn about DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office and its research priorities in PV production and competitiveness and attend a webinar on the Incubator funding opportunity on Aug. 3 at 3 p.m. ET.
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