Nine Topics and Twenty-Six Subtopics Announced by EERE

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) today announced nine topics and 26 new subtopics under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) programs that will help small businesses develop and deliver market-driven clean energy technologies. This year EERE’s area of interest includes innovative, small low head hydropower turbines. 

Alden has had the opportunity to assist many Small Businesses in the design and evaluation of their new hydropower turbine concepts. Having been in both the support and developer role for new turbine technologies we have a unique perspective on the challenges associated with bringing a unit to fruition.

Applications are being sought for innovative small hydraulic turbine prototypes or integrated small hydropower turbine-generator unit prototypes that can generate from 50kW to 5MWpower at heads less than 25 feet. Key areas of interest include advanced materials and manufacturing for powertrain components, innovative hydrodynamic and mechanical concepts to reduce machinery size, favorable efficiency over a range of head and flow rates, low initial cost, durability and ease of replacement. Proposed innovations should be amenable to scaling in the amount of head, flow, and power. Important dates include:

Funding opportunity announcement and application period begins: November 24

• A free webinar for cleantech SBIR/STTR applicants especially first-timers: December 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST

Mandatory letter of intent deadline: December 15 before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Application deadline: February 3, 2015 

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Alden specializes in the biological and performance testing of new turbine concepts including conventional low head and hydrokinetic turbines. Our test facilities are always being redesigned to accommodate the next concept and we look forward to the opportunity to support yours starting with some application assistance. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Gregory S. Allen, P.E. (gallen@aldenlab.com508-829-6000) with any questions.