The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Program issued its second joint solicitation, covering the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) High Performance
Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls), and High Performance Computing for Mobility (HPC4Mobility) Programs.
This joint solicitation will mark the eighth solicitation for the HPC4Mfg Program, the third for the HPC4Mtls Program,
and the first for the HPC4Mobility Program. The HPC4Mfg and HPC4Mtls will be funded with support from the Office of Fossil Energy and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, Vehicle Technologies
Office, and Fuel Cell Technologies Office. This initial HPC4Mobility offering from the HPC4EI Program is supported by the Vehicle Technologies Office. HPC4EI programs are designed to spur the use of national lab supercomputing resources
and expertise to advance innovation in energy-efficient manufacturing, new materials that will enable advanced energy technologies, and energy efficiency increases in mobility systems.
In this solicitation, we are seeking qualified industry partners to participate in short-term, collaborative projects with the DOE’s national laboratories. Selected industry partners will be granted access to high performance computing
(HPC) facilities and experienced staff at DOE’s national laboratories. The collaborations will address key challenges in U.S. manufacturing and material development by applying modeling, simulation, and data analysis to relevant problems
with the intent to improve energy efficiency, increase productivity, reduce cycle time, enable next-generation technologies, test control system algorithms, investigate intensified processes, lower energy cost, and accelerate innovation.
With the introduction of HPC4Mobility, the program will expand its outreach to industry to improve discovery, design, and development of energy efficient mobility systems.
Eligibility for the HPC4Mfg and HPC4Mtls programs is limited to entities that manufacture or develop products in the United States for commercial applications and the organizations that support them. Relevant government entities are eligible
to receive awards from the HPC4Mobility Program only. Selected demonstration projects will be awarded up to $300,000 to support compute cycles and work performed by the national lab partners. The industry partner must provide a participant
contribution of at least 20% of the DOE funding for the project.
Provided are brief descriptions of each program, their supporting DOE offices and topics of interest.
DOE’s AMO within EERE is the primary sponsor of the HPC4Mfg Program. FE and EERE’s VTO and Building Technologies Office (BTO) also sponsor select projects in this portfolio. AMO partners with private and public stakeholders to
support the research, development, and deployment of innovative technologies that can improve U.S. competitiveness, save energy, and ensure global leadership in advanced manufacturing. AMO supports cost‐shared research, development,
and demonstration activities in support of crosscutting next-generation technologies and processes that hold high potential to significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce energy-related emissions, industrial waste, and
the life‐cycle energy consumption of manufactured products.
Improved energy efficiency across the manufacturing industry is one of the primary goals of the HPC4Mfg Program. We solicit proposals that require HPC modeling and simulation to overcome impactful manufacturing process challenges
resulting in reduced energy consumption and/or increased productivity. Proposals should provide a realistic assessment of the energy impact, the improvement in U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and the increase in U.S. manufacturing
jobs that a successful outcome of the project could have across the industrial sector.
Of particular interest to AMO are:
- Proposals that require HPC modeling and simulation to overcome impactful manufacturing process challenges resulting in reduced energy consumption and/or increased productivity
- Proposals that uniquely exploit HPC modeling and simulation to significantly reduce national energy consumption through improved product design.
The HPC4Mtls Program is sponsored by EERE’s FCTO and VTO to enhance the U.S. materials-development, fabrication, and manufacturing industry to investigate, improve, and scale methods that will accelerate the development and deployment
of materials that perform well in severe and complex energy application environments. This solicitation is aimed at demonstrating the benefit of HPC toward these goals within one year.
The program seeks proposals that will address key challenges in developing, modifying, and/or qualifying new or modified materials that perform well in severe and complex energy application environments through the use of HPC modeling,
simulation, and data analysis. For each of the program offices supporting this solicitation, we provide a brief description of their mission and the topics of interest to them.
FCTO focuses on early-stage research and development (R&D) to advance hydrogen and fuel cells for transportation and diverse applications that contribute to U.S. energy independence, security, and resiliency and that add to a strong
domestic economy. FCTO addresses challenges facing the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies by integrating basic and applied research and technology-development activities. These include cost-shared R&D efforts
to address key technological barriers in the areas of fuel cell cost and durability, hydrogen production cost, and hydrogen storage capacity. Three FCTO-supported consortia within the Energy Materials Network, ElectroCat, HydroGEN
and HyMARC, directly address these R&D areas.
Specific topics of interest to FCTO in this solicitation include:
- Improving performance and durability of electrocatalysts, such as Platinum Group Metals (PGM) free catalysts in fuel cells and electrolyzers
- Improving materials and interfaces for advanced water-splitting technologies, including electrochemical, thermochemical, and photoelectrochemical approaches
- Developing machine learning capabilities to predict new materials, such as for hydrogen storage, PGM-free electrocatalysts, membrane separators, and energy converters (e.g., semiconductors for photoelectrochemical hydrogen
and redox materials for thermochemical hydrogen)
- Improving understanding and modeling of interactions in complex systems (e.g., coupling of changes in material properties, mass transport, and thermal management during hydrogen-release reactions in materials-based hydrogen
storage systems and in materials-based water-splitting systems with additional requirements on modeling the oxygen release reactions).
VTO funds early-stage, high-risk research on innovative vehicle and transportation technologies to strengthen national security, enable future economic growth, and increase transportation energy efficiency. VTO leverages the unique
capabilities and world-class expertise of the national laboratory system to develop innovations in electrification, advanced combustion engines and fuels, advanced materials, and energy-efficient mobility systems. As part of
VTO, the Materials Technology Program supports vehicle lightweighting and improved propulsion (powertrain) efficiency focused on the following cost and performance targets:
- Enable a 25% weight reduction for light-duty vehicles including body, chassis, and interior as compared to a 2012 baseline at no more than a $5/lb.-saved increase in cost by 2030
- Validate a 25% improvement in high-temperature (300° C) component strength relative to components made with 2010 baseline cast aluminum alloys (A319 or A356) for improved efficiency light-duty engines by 2025.
Specific topics of interest to VTO include the following areas:
- Predicting microstructure of cast metals based on composition, cooling rates, and heat treatment
- Improving mechanical performance of alloys at elevated temperatures (alloys meeting automotive performance and cost targets operating between 330℃ and 1100℃)
- Using machine learning and data analytics to identify promising new material compositions (e.g., for high-temperature and for lightweight structural materials relevant to automotive use and cost constraints)
- Developing process structure models for dissimilar material joints (e.g., between advanced high-strength steels, aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber composite combinations relevant to high-volume automotive assembly)
- Establishing integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) tools for metal additive manufacturing (AM) to predict microstructure, residual stresses, and dimensional stability in AM parts
- Multi-scale crash and/or fatigue simulation for carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite components with the capability of predicting the evolution of microstructure and damage concurrently in macroscale CAE computer-aided
- Linked atomic/meso/macro-scale models for magnesium, capable of predicting material behavior based on alloy composition, processing, and fabrication techniques.
- Models that illuminate atomic-level understanding of the deformation properties of wrought magnesium (non-basal slip, twinning, etc.)
- Artificial Intelligence enabled models that allow for use of non-destructive evaluation methods for in-line process control to assure quality of dissimilar material joints.
- Characterization and modeling of materials in harsh high temperature environments to establish design tools for new high performance materials
The HPC4Mobility Program is sponsored by the Vehicle Technologies Office’s Energy Efficient Mobility Systems (EEMS) Program. The mission of EEMS is to conduct early stage R&D at the vehicle, traveler, and system level, to create
new knowledge, tools, and insights and technology solutions that increase mobility energy productivity for individuals and businesses. As mobility technologies continuously evolve, EEMS operates within the interface of vehicle
systems and transportation systems. The HPC4Mobility Program seeks proposals that apply national lab expertise in high performance computing, machine-learning, and big data science to find solutions to real-world transportation
Specific topics of interest to EEMS for this solicitation include:
- Discovery and/or development and/or integration of algorithms for vehicle control and guidance (with emphasis on connected and automated vehicles)
- Transportation network problem solutions that are enabled by HPC. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Novel traffic management control strategies based on real-time data that can improve safety, congestion, and energy efficiency of the system while maintaining and improving mobility and accessibility
- Novel methods to collect, integrate and analyze disparate data sets from transportation systems.
Within Area 3 (HPC4Mobility), EEMS encourages proposals from two sub-areas: Area 3.1 for public entities and non-profit organizations and Area 3.2 for private sector industry partners.
Public entities likely include local, state, and regional governments, including metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and not-for-profit entities developing or supporting development of cities, regions, and states and their
transportation systems. Industry partners would likely be for-profit manufacturers, distributors, and vendors of software and hardware systems to be implemented in roadside infrastructure, traffic control and management systems,
or vehicles operating therein.
HPC4EnergyInnovation Informational Webinar - Spring 2019 Solicitation
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
1:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
3:00 pm, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
9:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
11:00 am, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)