Saturday, January 28, 2012

DOE offers universities possibilities for SunShot solar further objectives

Saturday, January 28, 2012

DOE is University research teams support the search for ways to improve the heat-transfer fluids for the concentration of solar power systems.
IMG credit: U.S. Department of the Interior

DOE announced two opportunities for researchers in universities, which initiative, a program to promote the aims Department SunShot drastically to reduce the total cost of the American solar energy on 20 January. DOE is up to $10 million to support the development of the liquids make available heat transfer the efficient, making the cost of energy from solar power (CSP) systems focus. The Department opened the second round of the SunShot initiative postdoctoral research awards for applied research in universities, laboratories and other research institutions.

See the call for heat-transfer fluids DOE supports University-based CSP research projects for the development and demonstration of liquids, which are more stable than current technologies at temperatures greater than 800 ° c. CSP plants mirror focus sunlight to a working medium generates heat, steam which spins a turbine or powers creates a heat engine, the electricity. Higher temperature working fluids could thus to combine systems with heat engines CSP, to convert the working fluid in power more than 50% of the heat.

This funding will be awarded within the framework of multidisciplinary University research initiative, a program of research, technology transfer in the market to speed up and preparing a new generation of scientists and engineers. DOE expected one or two projects within five years by this opportunity to finance. For more information, see the funding opportunity announcement on DOE funding opportunity Exchange Web site.

In addition, DOE opened the next round of SunShot postdoctoral research initiative awards, which provides students with the chance of advanced clean energy technologies. Receiver performs applied research at universities, laboratories and other research institutions. This program includes an opportunity for recipients in a research exchange programme with Australia under the United States and Australia solar energy cooperation take part. See the DOE progress alert, SunShot postdoctoral of researcher Web page and the SunShot initiative website.

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