The CTSI Utility Technology Challenge is accepting applications for competitive grants of up to $100,000 to fund demonstration projects for utility-focused energy technologies. The deadline for applications in January 31, 2012.
CTSI stands for the Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization. It is a non-profit utility industry association that brings together global leaders for advocacy, community development, networking, and information sharing to help bring these needed technologies to market more rapidly.
The CTSI Utility Technology Challenge was launched two years ago in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy to identify and promote innovative utility-focused energy technologies. A consortium reviews submissions and partners with the winners for testing and pilot programs. Members of the consortium this year include Arsenal Venture Partners, Anaheim Center for New Energy Technologies (AC-NET), Austin Energy, Constellation Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Kauffman Foundation, National Grid, Northeast Utilities, Shell GameChanger, and Southern California Edison.
The consortium selects 15 semifinalist solutions to present at the Clean Technology 2012 Conference in Boston, June 14-16. Winners will be announced at the conference.
Key technology solution areas for this year's challenge include: transmission and distribution, smart grid, distributed power integration, natural gas, industrial and commercial energy and power efficiency, alternative power and hybrid generation, energy storage, electric vehicle infrastructure, and carbon reduction.
The submission deadline is January 31, 2012. Organizations with pilot-ready or early- commercial stage solutions targeting utilities and large customers should apply by clicking here.