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Request for Information (RFI) - Securing New Sources of Helium for Advanced Energy Applications

Type: Posted • Opportunity: DE-FOA-0003306

Description

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance. The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration to inform the possible formulation of future programs. The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit input for a potential ARPA-E program focused on identifying transformative technologies across the helium-4 ( helium ) supply chain to decrease the delivered cost of helium from processes not dependent on natural gas production. ARPA-E is seeking information regarding alternative methods to safeguard future helium production in the United States and ensure helium availability for next-generation energy technologies. Specifically, ARPA-E is interested in identifying potentially disruptive concepts to: 1) develop innovative mapping technologies to locate new helium sources; and 2) produce helium using advanced separation technologies designed for novel sources and/or the enhancement of helium recovery and recycling. Helium is critical to many energy-related technologies, including semiconductor and fiber optics manufacturing, quantum computing, neutron detection, fission and fusion reactor cooling, and leak detection and analysis in gas processing facilities. The U.S. uses about 45 million cubic meters (m3) of helium annually. Approximately 50% of domestic helium usage is dedicated to industrial and scientific purposes related to energy. Historically, the U.S. has been a major producer of helium, but its share of global production has fallen sharply in recent decades. A global helium shortfall of 70 million-110 million m3 is anticipated by 2040, barring the successful construction of several large helium plants in geopolitically unstable regions of the world. Rising demand for semiconductors due to increased electrification, as well as expanded uses of superconductors for advanced energy technologies, will likely result in the need for future helium imports. Thus, securing a robust domestic supply of helium is essential to ensure the U.S. maintains technological leadership in developing and deploying innovative energy technologies. To view the RFI in its entirety, please visit https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov.
Background
The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit input for a potential program focused on identifying transformative technologies across the helium-4 supply chain to decrease the delivered cost of helium from processes not dependent on natural gas production. The purpose of this RFI is to inform the possible formulation of future programs and is not accepting applications for financial assistance. The RFI seeks input on developing innovative mapping technologies to locate new helium sources and producing helium using advanced separation technologies designed for novel sources and/or the enhancement of helium recovery and recycling.

Grant Details
The RFI seeks information regarding alternative methods to safeguard future helium production in the United States and ensure helium availability for next-generation energy technologies. Specifically, ARPA-E is interested in identifying potentially disruptive concepts to develop innovative mapping technologies to locate new helium sources and produce helium using advanced separation technologies designed for novel sources and/or the enhancement of helium recovery and recycling. The RFI is focused on soliciting input on methods that decouple helium production from natural gas production.

Eligibility Requirements
The RFI is seeking input from analytical chemists, chemical engineers, geochemists, geophysicists, geologists, materials scientists, petroleum engineers, process engineers, subsurface engineers, semiconductor manufacturers, welding technologists, and scientists and engineers working with superconducting materials.

The RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance.

Period of Performance
Not applicable as this is a Request for Information (RFI) only and does not involve a specific period of performance or work schedule.

Grant Value
Not applicable as this is a Request for Information (RFI) only and does not involve a specific grant value or potential value of individual grant awards.

Place of Performance
Not applicable as this is a Request for Information (RFI) only and does not involve specific geographic locations for performance.

Overview

Category of Funding
Opportunity Zone Benefits
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Instruments
Cooperative Agreement
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 1/31/24 Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy posted grant opportunity DE-FOA-0003306 for Request for Information (RFI) - Securing New Sources of Helium for Advanced Energy Applications. The grant will be issued under grant program 81.135 Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy. It is expected that 0 total grants will be made.

Timing

Posted Date
Jan. 31, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
March 15, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 23 Days
Closing Date Explanation
Reponses to this RFI should be submitted in PDF format to the email address ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on 03/15/2024. For further instruction, please review the RFI in its entirety at https://apra-e-foa.energy.gov.
Last Updated
Jan. 31, 2024, 11:27 a.m. EST
Version
1
Archive Date
June 13, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
Additional Info
This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. This RFI is not seeking applications for financial assistance. THIS NOTICE DOES NOT CONSTITTUE A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA). NO FOA EXISTS AT THIS TIME.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
Not Listed
Floor
Not Listed
Estimated Program Funding
Not Provided
Estimated Number of Grants
0

Contacts

Contact
Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy
Contact Email
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Contact Phone
(202) 287-1878
Additional Information
ARPA-E eXCHANGE
Additional Information Site

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