The SunShot Initiative intends to release a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for solar desalination technology, which supports research, development, and potential demonstration of early- stage technologies.
Rather than utilizing high-value electricity as an energy input, solar thermal desalination can achieve lower costs than current reverse osmosis systems by lowering the cost of collecting and storing solar thermal energy and increasing the efficiency of thermal desalination technologies. The Solar Desalination funding opportunity announcement may include four areas of interest:
Low cost solar thermal heat;
Innovative thermal desalination techniques;
Solar thermal integrated desalination;
and Solar thermal desalination analysis.