Competitiveness Improvement Project Issues RFP

Feb. 27, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) and is accepting applications for the Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP). The new proposal deadline is May 5 at 2 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. The CIP is supported by DOE’s Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) in alignment with the office’s goals to make wind energy cost competitive with other distributed energy resources, improve interoperability with other distributed energy resources, and increase the number of wind turbine designs certified to national testing standards.

The competitive process awards cost-shared subcontracts and technical support to manufacturers of small- and medium-size wind turbines to:

  • Innovate optimized designs for increased energy production and grid support
  • Conduct turbine and component testing to national standards to verify performance and safety
  • Develop advanced manufacturing processes to reduce hardware costs.

Read more on the RFP and how the CIP supports small businesses in multiple phases of the product development cycle.

CIP is part of DOE’s Distributed Wind program, which uses a multifaceted approach to enabling wind technology as a cost-effective and reliable distributed energy resource. To learn more about other major R&D investments in the Distributed Wind program, see the project documents linked below:

Microgrids, Infrastructure Resilience, and Advanced Controls Launchpad (MIRACL) fact sheet
Defense and Disaster Deployable Turbine (D3T) report and fact sheet
Tools Assessing Performance (TAP) fact sheet
2018 Distributed Wind Market Report and fact sheet.