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Energy Demand Reduction and Clean Energy Tech Open Topic


OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Renewable Energy Generation and Storage;

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the Energy Demand Reduction and Clean Energy Tech Open Topic is to bring potentially valuable small business innovations to the Army and create an opportunity to expand the relevance of the Army SBIR program to firms who do not normally compete for SBIR awards. 

DESCRIPTION: While the Energy Demand Reduction and Clean Energy Tech Open Topic will accept proposals on any technical challenge requiring the application of Energy Demand Reduction and clean energy technologies, submissions addressing the following core technical areas will be prioritized for award:

  1. Energy Storage (man-portable, ground vehicle and support equipment applications, and airborne vehicle solutions)
  2. Clean Energy Generation (primary but not exclusive range of 1kW-200kW and 20-1,000 energy consumption endpoints)
  3. Micro-grid components compatible with the DoD’s Tactical Microgrid Standard
  4. Electric and Hybrid Electric Transportation (ground vehicles, ground support equipment, UAV, helicopter, and small-fixed wing aircraft solutions)
  5. Charging of electrified transportation in austere environments


The purpose of Phase I is to demonstrate or determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of the concept. The Phase I period of performance will be 6 months. Small businesses shall deliver a proof of technical feasibility at the end of the Period of Performance.


 Phase I Submission Materials:

  • 5-page technical volume for down-select.
  • 8-slide commercialization plan; template provided in announcement.

Post-Phase I Deliverables:

  • Small Business: A feasibility study to demonstrate the technical and commercial practicality of the concept to include an assessment of its technical readiness and potential applicability to military and commercial markets.
  • Technical POC and Transition Partner: Commitment secured from TPOC and Transition Partner to associate with potential Phase II work. (Transition Partner is defined as an Army organization planning to integrate and fund the technology after SBIR funding has expired).



Proposers interested in submitting a Direct to Phase II (DP2) proposal must provide documentation to substantiate that the scientific and technical merit and feasibility described above has been met and describes the potential military and/or commercial applications. Documentation should include all relevant information including, but not limited to: technical reports, test data, prototype designs/models, and performance goals/results.


DP2 Submission Materials:

  • 10-page technical volume for down-select.
  • 5 pages showing how technical feasibility has already been achieved.
  • 8-slide commercialization plan; template provided in announcement.

PHASE II: Produce prototype solutions that will be practical and feasible to operate in edge and austere environments. Companies will provide a technology transition and commercialization plan for DOD and commercial markets. The Army will evaluate each product in a realistic field environment and provide solutions to stakeholders for further evaluation. Based on Soldier field evaluations, companies will be requested to update the previously delivered prototypes to meet final design configuration.


  • The renewable energy sector can use energy storage technologies to store excess energy that is generated during periods of low demand or high production.  
  • The transportation industry can utilize energy storage technologies in electric vehicles. Batteries with new storage capabilities can enable longer driving ranges and shorter charging times for the vehicles.  
  • By integrating clean energy into their grids, electric utilities can reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and lower their greenhouse gas emissions.  
  • The manufacturing industry consumes significant amounts of energy. By adopting alternative methods of energy generation, manufacturers can reduce their carbon footprint and the operational costs that they currently have. 
  • The are countless opportunities to apply the use of the technologies that come out of this effort into a wide variety of industries. 

KEYWORDS: Energy Storage; Clean Energy Generation; Clean Micro-Grid; Electric Transportation; Clean Industry Technology


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