DOE funds hybrid solar technologies

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

The US Energy Department is providing $30m funding to 12 projects to develop transformational hybrid solar energy technologies that deliver cost-effective power when the sun is not shining.

These projects will help advance solar energy beyond current PV and concentrated solar power technologies to drive lower-cost, reliable solar energy deployment, according to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. Funding awardees are unique in that they are developing entirely new ways to generate, store and use energy.

The projects are part of ARPA-E’s Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) program, which is aimed at developing new hybrid solar energy converters and hybrid energy storage systems that can deliver low-cost, high-efficiency solar energy on demand.  

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