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Events & Workshops

October 27, 2016 to October 28, 2016

ARPA-E held a workshop on “Rewiring Anaerobic Digestion” on October 27-28, 2016 in the Washington, D.C. area. The workshop brought together experts in the fields of anaerobic digestion, microbiome science, microbial consortia engineering, electrocatalysis, and chemical engineering (catalytic hydrogenation and liquid-liquid separations), to identify feasible research pathways forward for the development of disruptive technologies that can enable enhanced hydrolysis, prevention of methanogenesis, volatile fatty acid (VFA) separations, and downstream upgrading to hydrocarbons.

September 29, 2016 to September 30, 2016

ARPA-E held a workshop on the "Interconnected - Highly Utilized Grid” on September 29-30, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop convened leading experts in power systems, modeling, data analytics, and control systems to identify potential paths for disruptive technologies aimed at large scale deployment of renewables and distributed energy resources (DERs). The discussion focused on the challenge and promise of maximally utilizing the existing grid, while accounting for upcoming changes in Transmission and Distribution structures, as well as generation and load patterns.

September 13, 2016

ARPA-E hosted a workshop entitled “Novel Power Electronic Systems Enabled by Wide Band-Gap Semiconductors” on September 13, 2016 in the Washington, D.C. area. The workshop convened leading experts in power electronics, power systems, circuit design, wide bandgap materials, semiconductor devices, packaging and module design, and end use applications to identify innovative research paths forward for the development of disruptive advanced circuit topologies that lead to higher efficiency, more reliable, reduced size and weight, and lower cost devices and/or system architectures.

July 12, 2016 to July 13, 2016

ARPA-E hosted the “Advanced Occupancy Sensors for Better Buildings” workshop on July 12-13, 2016 in the Portland, OR area. This workshop will bring together thought leaders from distinct science, engineering, and industrial communities. Attendees collectively will discuss the impact that innovations in occupancy sensing technologies can make in curbing building heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) use without compromising the health and comfort of building occupants. Specifically, participants will lend their expertise to help inform technical metrics for advanced occupancy sensor concepts, cost targets (including for both residential and commercial settings), and identify productive avenues of research.

April 26, 2016 to April 27, 2016

ARPA-E held a workshop on "Digital Transportation" on April 26-27, 2016 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The workshop convened leading experts in telecommunications, virtual presence, game design/entertainment, robotics, and human factors technologies to identify innovative research and development paths for advanced telepresence and telelabor technologies. Participants will lend their expertise to help set technical performance and cost targets that will define a successful research program and explore novel technology pathways.

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