Category/Topic
Environment
State or Federal?
State
Summary
The purpose of this solicitation is to provide financial assistance to help clean energy entrepreneurs successfully advance their emerging best-of-class innovative technology to the Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) stage. LRIP is the first step in making the transition from highly customized hand-built prototypes, which are used for performance testing and vetting the production process, to the final mass-produced end product produced in the Full-Rate Production phase.

Startups that attempt to scale-up face several hurdles when moving from prototype to production, including a series of new design challenges that impact a host of innovations. Start-up companies typically lack the practical manufacturing experience to successfully move their energy technology innovation to production. Moving a technology into production requires understanding of a wholly different set of considerations than the initial technology development, including material selection, supply-chain management, and assembly steps.

This solicitation is targeting companies with emerging best-of-class innovative technologies that have achieved an established full-scale prototype and are seeking to move from one-off production to a pilot production line. Companies with established production lines are not eligible for this solicitation.

This solicitation is part of the California Energy Commission’s ongoing strategy to foster and support clean energy entrepreneurship across the state. This solicitation will provide funding to help clean energy start-up companies reach a Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 8 .
Eligible Entities
Private Corporations
Eligibility Notes
This solicitation is open only to private for-profit companies and individuals with ownership rights to the intellectual property that is being developed under the proposal. Because the purpose of this solicitation is to advance technology development to commercialization, the following entities are not eligible to be prime applicants for this solicitation:
• Public and private universities
• National Labs
• Utilities
• Private non-profit research organizations
• End-use customers of the proposed technology.

In accordance with CPUC Decision 12-05-037, funds administered by the Energy Commission may not be used for any purposes associated with local publicly owned electric utility activities.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Mar 08, 2019
Due Date Notes
Pre-Application Workshop: January 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
Deadline for Written Questions: January 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Anticipated Distribution of Questions and Answers: week of February 11, 2019
Deadline to Submit Applications: March 8, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Jan 11, 2019
Min Award
$1,000,000
Max Award
$4,000,000
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
$4,000,000
Match Required?
Yes
Match Notes
Match funding is required in the amount of at least 20% of the requested EPIC project funds. Applicants that provide more than this amount will receive additional points during the scoring phase.
Funder
California Energy Commission
Total Amount Available for All Grants
$12,000,000
Competition Notes
Group 1: Energy Efficiency
Projects under Group 1 must fall within one of the following technology categories:
• Solid-state lighting
• Electric heat pumps using no or low Global Warming Potential refrigerants
• Non-vapor compression cooling
• Advanced materials and coatings for the following energy efficiency applications: Windows; Building Envelope
• Membranes or biological organisms for water and wastewater treatment

Group 2: Renewable Generation
Projects under Group 2 must fall within one of the following technology categories:
• Solar photovoltaic systems
• Solid-state energy harvesting: Thermoelectrics; Thermionics; Piezoelectrics

Group 3: Energy Storage
Projects under Group 3 must fall within one the following technology categories:
• Battery storage
• Flywheels
• Thermal storage
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