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Wells of Opportunity (WOO) - Amplify II and ReAmplify

Cooperative Agreements to USA Individuals, For-Profits, Educational
Institutions, Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes for Renewable Energy Projects

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO)

Conf. Date:

06/30/21

Deadline Date:

08/16/21 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories individuals, for-profits, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribal entities for projects related to renewable energy. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for projects using geothermal and hydrocarbon energy.

Through the FY21 Wells of Opportunity (referred to as WOO going forward) FOA, DOE's Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is soliciting geothermal and hydrocarbon well owners or operators with existing wells that are willing to partner with DOE to advance and test EGS technologies in-situ. These wells could be "idle" or currently used for injection, production, and/or monitoring. Due to the criticality of the technology prototyping and methodology testing phase of research and development in the innovation pipeline, this FOA focuses on active field testing, where the Federal government takes on the associated cost and risks. 

  • Topic Area 1 – Amplify (EGS Near-Field RD&D): This field validation effort will culminate in new power production, adding to the commercial viability of existing geothermal fields. The goal of Amplify is to illustrate that near-field and in-field EGS can be successfully deployed now as a result of recent technology advancements and that low permeability/underproductive wells near and in existing hydrothermal fields can be turned into valuable assets using EGS techniques. 
  • Topic Area 2 – ReAmplify (Geothermal production from hydrocarbon wells): The objective of this initiative is to establish the commercial viability of geothermal energy production from existing hydrocarbon fields. The goal of ReAmplify is to establish a pilot program where the production of geothermal heat from existing hydrocarbon fields can be demonstrated for electricity production or direct use applications.

More about the topic areas can be found on Page 9 of the FOA. See Supporting Documents below.

The R&D activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. Specifically, this FOA focuses on critical aspects of reservoir management needed for widespread commercialization of EGS technologies which directly supports the Biden Administration’s goals for a clean energy future. In addition, this FOA provides an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions from the fossil fuel sector and facilitate clean geothermal energy/heat production from hydrocarbon wells.  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196988

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$14,500,000

Number of Grants:

EERE anticipates making approximately 3 to 13 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Amplify: $450,000 - $2,500,000
- ReAmplify: $500,000 - $2,500,000

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Period of Performance (months):
- Amplify: 24-48 months
- ReAmplify: 36-48 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
i. Individuals: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

ii. Domestic Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. Nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995 are not eligible to apply for funding.

State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient. Federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE) are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient

iii. Foreign Entities: Foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA. Other than as provided in the “Individuals” or “Domestic Entities” sections above, all prime recipients receiving funding under this FOA must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States. If a foreign entity applies for funding as a prime recipient, it must designate in the Full Application a subsidiary or affiliate incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States to be the prime recipient. The Full Application must state the nature of the corporate relationship between the foreign entity and domestic subsidiary or affiliate.

iv. Incorporated Consortia: Incorporated consortia, which may include domestic and/or foreign entities, are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. For consortia incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States, please refer to “Domestic Entities” above. For consortia incorporated in foreign countries, please refer to the requirements in “Foreign Entities” above. Each incorporated consortium must have an internal governance structure and a written set of internal rules. Upon request, the consortium must provide a written description of its internal governance structure and its internal rules to the EERE Contracting Officer.

v. Unincorporated Consortia: Unincorporated Consortia, which may include domestic and foreign entities, must designate one member of the consortium to serve as the prime recipient/consortium representative. The prime recipient/consortium representative must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States. The eligibility of the consortium will be determined by the eligibility of the prime recipient/consortium representative under Section III.A. of the FOA.

The following types of applications will be deemed nonresponsive and will not be reviewed or considered (See Section III.D. of the FOA):
- Applications that fall outside the technical parameters specified in Section I.A. and I.B. of the FOA.
- Applications for proposed technologies that are not based on sound scientific principles (e.g., violates the laws of thermodynamics).
- Applications for Topic Area 1 (Amplify) that propose open hole stimulation with no zonal isolation; i.e., stimulation from the casing shoe.
- Applications for Topic Area 2 (ReAmplify) that propose drilling of a new wellbore for pilot study testing.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Webinar:
06/30/2021 2:00pm ET

Please access the information webinar at: https://doe.webex.com/doe/j.php?MTID=ma57725545051bda39fd560f48a740371

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- FOA Issue Date: 06/10/2021
- Informational Webinar: 06/30/2021 2:00pm ET
- Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 08/16/2021 5:00pm ET
- Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: 09/15/2021 5:00pm ET
- Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: 10/27/2021
- Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: November 2021 - February 2022

Questions must be submitted not later than 3 business days prior to the application due date and time.

The cost share must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs for research and development projects (i.e., the sum of the government share, including FFRDC costs if applicable, and the recipient share of allowable costs equals the total allowable cost of the project) and must come from non-federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law.

Each applicant (unless the applicant is an individual or federal awarding agency that is excepted from those requirements under 2 CFR §25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the federal awarding agency under 2 CFR §25.110(d)) is required to: (1) Be registered in the SAM at https://www.sam.gov before submitting its application; (2) provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (3) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency. DOE may not make a federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time DOE is ready to make a federal award, the DOE will determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a federal award to another applicant.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334109

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:
https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fSubmissionDetailsEdit.aspx%3ffoaId%3d74cc4316-04af-476d-bd6d-18ab53cf120b

Contact information:

Questions about this FOA: WellsofOpportunity@ee.doe.gov

EERE Exchange Technical Support: EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov

CFDA Number:

81.087

Funding or Pin Number:

DE-FOA-0002525

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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