Better Plants Partners FAQs

WHAT TYPES OF TECHNOLOGIES WILL BE CONSIDERED UNDER THIS PILOT?

Technologies considered include those that meet one of the three following stages of development:

1.  Pre-commercial - Technology that is not yet fully available on the open market and has a value proposition or price that is still being defined.
2.  Early commercial - Technology whose value and risks are understood by specialists for some applications, but the supply chain and/or full-scale production have not yet been fully established.
3.  New applicationsProjects where technologies are being demonstrated in a different sector or use case than conventionally deployed.

In addition to meeting one of the three technology classifications above, DOE will favor technologies with the following attributes:

  • Potential for demonstrable energy, GHG, water, or waste savings factors considered during selection include innovation, potential energy and water savings, performance, cost savings, waste reductions including associated benefits like increased throughput, implementation costs, deployment potential, technical risk, and the ability to verify performance improvement with certainty, along with the measurement and verification effort required.
  • Broad deployment applicability, but not yet widely used or accepted - DOE will favor technologies that have the potential for widespread impact in the industrial and wastewater treatment sectors. 

WHAT ARE THE TERMS OF PARTICIPATION?

Project details and costs are to be negotiated and agreed upon between the Better Plants partner and their selected vendor. The Better Plants partner and vendor will install the technology at the Better Plants partner site. DOE will not provide direct funding for the technology. The partner and vendor will provide input on the M&V plan and evaluation report and agree to provide guidance on installation of the DOE-provided M&V equipment. The LBNL team will first develop a baseline of the current system, and then measure the performance improvement of the new technology after it is installed. The findings will be published in a publicly available report that does not reveal sensitive plant processes or site performance information.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL PROJECT LIFECYCLE FOR AN INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY VALIDATION PROJECT?

An adequate measurement and verification period will vary and depend on the technology being tested. Projects are anticipated to last approximately 12-24 months. A schedule will be developed prior to the start of each project, but a typical schedule is included below:
• Planning (1-2 months)
• Baseline (3-8 months) [time depends on technology]
• Implementation (1-2 months) [time depends on technology]
• Post Implementation (4-12 months) [time depends on technology]
• Reporting (3-4 months)

 

HOW WILL THIS PILOT DETERMINE WHICH TECHNOLOGIES WILL BE SELECTED FOR THE SECOND PHASE?

For both phases of the pilot, it must be determined that the proposed technologies (a) have significant energy savings potential, (b) align with the statutory mission of the Advanced Manufacturing Office, (c) respond to the needs of industry, and (d) represent the best use of limited initial pilot funds.

WHAT IF I WANT TO PARTICIPATE, BUT HAVE NOT SELECTED A TECHNOLOGY TO TEST?

Phase I will target technologies chosen by a Better Plants partner and installed at a Better Plants partner facility. Once the Better Plants partner pilot phase is completed, Phase II will be open to innovative technology vendors to team with Better Plants partners or other industrial sites.

WHAT IF I WANT TO TEST A TECHNOLOGY, BUT DO NOT WANT TO TEST IT AT MY PLANT?

Phase I is looking at technology demonstrations being tested in real-world situations at a Better Plants partner site. Contact your Better Plants Technical Account Manager or ITV-Support@lbl. gov for additional questions.

HOW WILL THE SOLICITATION FOR PROPOSALS BE LAUNCHED?

The initial pilot phase within DOE’s Better Plants will aim to identify cost-effective, emerging technologies with significant performance improvement opportunities and adoption potential. For each selected technology, a team of experts led by AMO, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will design a measurement and verification (M&V) plan, conduct on-site data collection and testing at the Better Plants partner’s host site, analyze performance, and draft a field validation report. 

For Phase II of this pilot, the DOE and the ITV task force will post a Request for Information (RFI) opening up the validation opportunity to innovative technology vendors to team with Better Plants partners or other industrial sites.

HOW DO I SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR PHASE II?

Step 1: Ensure that the proposed technology meets the criteria of being pre- or early commercial or an existing commercialized technology being demonstrated in a new application or sector; Technology must have potential for broad deployment and savings and meet the criteria outlined in the Request for Proposal. 
Step 2: Choose a facility location to serve as the technology test bed site.
Step 3: Complete and submit the Request for Proposal. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis through June 30, 2022.

 

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FILLING OUT AND SUBMITTING THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL?

Any technology vendor may submit an application - independently, or in collaboration with a host site. Funding for this pilot is limited. Submit your application as early as possible, even if you are not ready to begin the project. Evaluation start dates are flexible and can accommodate your schedule.
 

What is the general process for onboarding?

1.    Interested sites to fill out Request for Proposal
2.    Technical Committee reviews technology submissions
3.    Rolling deadline for submission of applications accepted through June 2022.

 

Who should I contact with additional questions?

Contact your Better Plants Technical Account Manager or email us at ITV-Support@lbl.gov for questions.