Funding Opportunity | Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency

Sponsor: DOE ARPA-E
Title: RANGE EXTENDERS FOR ELECTRIC AVIATION WITH LOW CARBON AND HIGH EFFICIENCY (REEACH); DE-FOA-0002240
Website: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/#FoaId2b149083-ee1b-4b74-809f-4256735c8060
Proposal Type: Concept Paper
Deadline: Concept paper due January 31, 2020; Full Proposal due date TBA
Funding range: $500,000 – $10,000,000; if submitted by ISU and/or educational institutions, domestic non-profits, or FFRDCs, no cost share is required (exempt)
Topics: ARPA-E seeks to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with commercial air travel at minimum economic cost by developing elements of an ultra-high efficient aircraft propulsion system that uses Carbon Neutral Liquid Fuels (CNLFs).The objective of the Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) program is the development of one element of the electrified propulsion system framework: a system for the conversion of chemical energy contained in energy dense CNLFs to electric power for aircraft propulsion and hotel loads. The approach taken in the REEACH program is to pursue the development of the energy storage and power generation sub-system in a four-year effort with two distinct phases:

  • Phase I: Energy Storage and Power Generation (ESPG) system conceptual design and fuel conversion component risk reduction.
  • Phase II: Design and developmental prototype demonstration of a sub-scale fuel-to-electric power conversion device using a CNLF.


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