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Demonstration Projects

The CCEF is looking for projects that advance the commercialization of near term clean energy technologies. We are most interested in Beta demonstrations that exhibit the use of the product in a relevant environment. Demonstration projects will preferably employ a product using one or more of the core clean energy technologies:

  • Solar energy
  • Wind
  • Fuel cells
  • Landfill gas
  • Biomass conversion
  • Ocean thermal energy
  • Wave or tidal energy
  • Emerging non-fossil technologies

Financial structures considered for demonstration projects are combined subsidy and equity, and debt based on product commercialization.

The Fund solicits demonstration opportunities through its Fuel Cell Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFPs are a competitive process held once per year with individually detailed selection criteria. The specific timing, requirements and funding criteria are included in the RFP details (Fuel Cell RFP). All funding for individual fuel cell demonstrations (not combined with other technologies) must be submitted under this process.

Demonstration projects not covered by an RFP will be reviewed separately. Here are the steps we'll take to evaluate your demonstration as an investment opportunity. We'll decide after each stage whether to move on to the next, and we'll communicate that to you right away.

  1. Initial Screening - An investment manager will evaluate your demonstration's strategic fit with CCEF. This process can be initiated by completing the Request for Funding Consideration.
  2. Initial Review - An investment manager will review your Funding Application and demonstration proposal including a commercialization plan.
  3. In-Depth Analysis - Our in-depth analysis may include meetings with your senior executives, review of your financial plan, discussions with customers (with your coordination), review by technology and market experts, and assessment of intellectual property.
  4. Your Presentation - If deemed necessary, your management team will have the opportunity to make a personal presentation on your proposal and commercialization potential.
  5. Decision - The investment manager will formally present your proposal for a decision by CCEF's advisory and CI's finance committees. The presentation will include a discussion of risks and benefits, as well as recommendations for level and structure of financing.
  6. Terms and Closing - Once the Finance Committee approves the investment and your company and CCEF have agreed to the terms, CCEF's legal counsel will prepare closing documents.
  7. Continued Support - CCEF's investment in your business goes beyond dollars and cents. You can depend on us to support you in countless non-financial ways, including attendance at board meetings, advice on business and financial strategies, and introductions to potential investors and partners.

Download the Request for funding form