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Opportunity for USA Nonprofits, IHEs, For-Profits, and Agencies to Compete for Prizes to Develop Offshore Wind Technology

FLoating Offshore Wind ReadINess (FLOWIN) Prize


GrantWatch ID# 205705
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) - Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) - American-Made
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Geographic Focus
All USA

Important Dates
Conference Date: 09/22/22
Deadline: 01/13/23 5:00 PM ET

Grant Description
Opportunity for USA nonprofits, IHEs, for-profits, and local, state, and tribal government agencies to compete for prizes to develop offshore wind technology. Entries from teams that include individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in the STEM fields are highly encouraged. The American-Made FLoating Offshore Wind ReadINess (FLOWIN) Prize aims to help unlock the potential of cost-effective floating offshore wind turbines.

About two-thirds of the nation’s offshore wind resource potential can be found in water depths over 60 meters—areas where floating offshore wind turbines are more practical and cost effective than fixed-bottom turbines. The FLoating Offshore Wind ReadINess (FLOWIN) Prize aims to help unlock this potential.

The first-ever prize from DOE’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, the FLOWIN Prize will help pave the way for the cost-effective domestic manufacture and deployment of commercial utility-scale floating offshore wind energy turbines in U.S. waters. This three-phase competition invites designers, fabricators, and project site developers to tackle some of offshore wind energy’s biggest challenges related to supply chains and large-scale execution.

FLOWIN Prize Goals:

  • Advance designs of floating offshore wind turbine platforms for manufacturing
  • Improve supply chain readiness to enable mass production and assembly in the United States
  • Lower associated costs and risks
  • Further the principles of inclusion and environmental justice embodied in the Biden administration’s Justice40 Initiative.

Phase 1: Qualification and Teaming - The winning submissions will be those teams that have:

  • Determined critical hurdles to the commercialization of their floating platform technology
  • Demonstrated they can make significant progress toward identifying and developing a supply chain within the United States to produce the technology.

Phase 2: U.S. Manufacturing Approaches

  • Only Phase One winners are eligible to compete in this phase.
  • Teams will be judged on their progress in developing a plan for mass production and assembly of floating offshore wind energy platforms.

Phase 3: Detailed Implementation Pathways

  • Only Phase Two winners are eligible to compete in this phase.
  • Winners of this phase will complete location-specific implementation pathways for the U.S. manufacture and deployment of their floating offshore wind energy technologies.

For details about targeted areas of  interest, see: https://americanmadechallenges.org/challenges/flowin/docs/FLOWIN_Official_Prize_Rules.pdf#page=10



Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
The competition is only open to legally formed entities including for-profits, nonprofits, academic institutions, and non-federal government entities such as states, counties, tribes, and municipalities. Competitors are subject to the following requirements:

● If a lead competitor is a private entity, it must be incorporated in and maintain a primary9 place of business in the United States.
● If the lead competitor is an academic institution, it must be based in the United States.
● DOE employees, employees of sponsoring organizations, members of their immediate families (e.g., spouses, children, siblings, or parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the prize.
● Individuals who worked at DOE (federal employees or support service contractors) within six months prior to the submission deadline of any contest are not eligible to participate in any prize contests in this program.
● Federal entities and federal employees are not eligible to participate in any portion of the prize.
● DOE national laboratory and other federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) employees cannot compete in the prize.
● Individuals are not eligible to compete on their own. Because of the scope of this prize, only legally formed entities may compete in this prize.
● Entities publicly banned from doing business with the U.S. government such as entities and individuals debarred, suspended, or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participating in federal programs are not eligible to compete.
● Entities identified as a restricted party on one or more screening lists of the Departments of Commerce, State, and Treasury are not eligible to compete. See Consolidated Screening List.
● This prize competition is expected to positively impact U.S. economic competitiveness. Participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program10 as defined in DOE Order 486.1 could conflict with this objective by resulting in unauthorized transfer of scientific and technical information to foreign government entities. Therefore, individuals participating in foreign government talent recruitment programs of foreign countries of risk are not eligible to compete. Further, teams that include individuals participating in foreign government talent recruitment programs of foreign countries of risk11 are not eligible to compete.

It is not the intent of this prize to fund early-stage development, design, or testing of new floating wind platform concepts. Therefore, only platform designs that have reached an advanced level of technical readiness are of interest, as detailed in the evaluation criteria.

Pre-Proposal Conference
FLoating Offshore Wind ReadINess (FLOWIN) Prize Informational Webinar

Sep 22, 2022 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register: https://nrel.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_pgxKM4ETQA2rP6uoEdSfdA

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
● Phase One Submission Opens: September 12, 2022
● Phase One Submission Closes: 5 p.m. ET on January 13, 2023
● Phase One Winner Announcement and Awards: March 2023 (anticipated)
● Phase Two Opens: March 2023 (anticipated)
● Phase Two Submission Closes: November 2023 (anticipated)
● Phase Two Winner Announcement and Awards: January 2024 (anticipated)
● Phase Three Opens: January 2024 (anticipated)
● Phase Three Submission Closes: October 2024 (anticipated)
● Phase Three Winners Announcement and Awards: December 2024 (anticipated)

FAQ: https://www.herox.com/FLOWIN/faq

More about the challenge: https://americanmadechallenges.org/challenges/flowin/

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,750,000

Number of Grants
Phase 1: up to eight winning teams; Phase 2: up to five winners; Phase 3: up to three winners

Estimated Size of Grant
Phase 1 winning teams will receive $100,000 each and $75,000 each in vouchers for technical support provided by DOE national laboratories.

Phase 2: This phase will have up to five winners, each receiving a cash prize of $450,000 and a technical services voucher valued at $100,000.

Phase 3: It is anticipated there will be up to three winners in Phase Three, each receiving a cash prize of $900,000

Contact Information
To apply, click on the "SOLVE THIS CHALLENGE" button on the URL for Full Text link below.

If you have any questions or want to receive updates on the prize, please subscribe by using the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message them directly at FLOWINprize@nrel.gov.

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