The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is offering up to $10 million for government entities to use for field validation of building technologies.
Five to 10 awards are available for programs that enhance the energy efficiency of buildings and provide flexibility services to the electric grid. Selectees will have the opportunity to validate high-impact building technologies for public and commercial buildings.
Field validation is essential to the R&D process to reveal how new technology integrates with traditional building technologies and interacts with systems that computer models cannot fully simulate, DOE says. Field validation allows DOE to collect and share standardized datasets with researchers, technology providers, industry partners, and other end-users, giving them critical information (e.g., energy use, cost savings, interoperability, durability, maintenance, and other benefits).
Applicants must submit a concept paper no later than Monday, July 27, 2020 to be eligible to submit a full application. Full application responses are due no later than Tuesday, September 28, 2020.