AMO Requests Information on Potential Focus Areas for Early-stage Research and Development of Processed Clean Water

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on behalf of its Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) seeks feedback on technologies with the potential for early stage research and development (R&D) that if successfully advanced could impact the cost-effective and energy efficient availability of clean water. This request for information (RFI) targets R&D for processing technologies used to create clean water from a variety of sources such as surface water, ground water, brackish water, seawater, wastewater and produced water for a range of applications including municipal drinking water, agricultural uses, and industrial needs.

The goal of this RFI is to identify technology and knowledge gaps that if addressed would enable clean water production from (i) a variety of sources, (ii) through the least possible energy consumption and (iii) by optimizing the use of renewable and waste energy sources. These technology and knowledge gaps could be addressed through R&D and would further the administration’s priority to ensure clean air and clean water for the United States. Feedback will be solicited from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to opportunities for R&D with the potential to reduce the cost and energy and increase performance of approaches to clean water processing and production.

This RFI is not a funding opportunity announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. Final details, including any anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE-funded support would be subject to congressional appropriations and direction.

View the official request and submission instructions HERE, which includes more information about the technical focus areas and response guidelines. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to no later than 5:00 pm (ET) on July 28, 2017.

The Advanced Manufacturing Office, within the Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, supports early stage applied research and development of new materials, information, and processes that improve American manufacturing’s energy efficiency, as well as platform technologies for manufacturing energy products. AMO created this request for information.

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