Dr. Ellen Williams, the new Director of ARPA-E, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week and officially sworn into office on December 17th, 2014. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Williams served as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy and the Chief Scientist for BP.
New ARPA-E Director Ellen Williams and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to be joined by Nobel Prize Winner Shuji Nakamura, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment John Conger, SunEdison President and CEO Ahmad Chatila, and American Gas Association President and CEO Dave McCurdy.
In partnership with Local Motors, ARPA-E is offering $150,000 for its LITECAR (LIghtweighting Technologies Enabling Comprehensive Automotive Redesign) Challenge. The challenge encourages scientists, designers, engineers, fabricators, and innovators to create a lightweight and safe vehicle using novel technologies.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to be joined by University of California President Janet Napolitano, CPS Energy CEO Doyle N. Beneby, DBL Investors Founder and Managing Partner Nancy Pfund, SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, and Archer Daniels Midland Company Chairman and CEO Patricia Woertz.
ARPA-E has funded 22 innovative new projects across two programs aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions and developing localized thermal management systems that reduce the energy needed to heat and cool buildings.
ARPA-E announces $25m in funding for its Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAIC) program. MOSAIC aims to develop micro-scale high-performance concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) technologies that enable significant geographic and demographic expansion of solar electricity generation. Submit a concept paper by 1/22/15!