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Recap of Day Two at the 2018 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

March 15, 2018

Highlights from day two of the 2018 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit included video greetings to Summit attendees from Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Senator Lamar Alexander, remarks from Senator Michael Bennet and Michael Kratsios, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and a keynote from Tim Holt, CEO of Siemens Power Generation Services.


Senator Michael Bennet, U.S. Senate


Tim Holt, CEO, Power Generation Services, Siemens

The Powered by Diversity: Hiring and Retaining Energy Innovators Luncheon brought together entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers, and investors to discuss ways to better engage and provide opportunities for traditionally underrepresented innovators in energy technology development and deployment. Participants heard remarks from Dr. Pamela McCauley followed by an interactive discussion and networking time to discuss recruitment and retention of diverse employees. 

Dr. McCauley

Dr. Pamela McCauley speaks at the Powered by Diversity: Hiring and Retaining Energy Innovators Luncheon

The second day of the Technology Showcase featured four more technology demonstrations by ARPA-E project teams —specialized events highlighting some of the agency’s most interesting projects. (Read more detail about each of the tech demo teams this handy guide.)

UMD Demo

The Energy-Saving Travel App: University of Maryland
This University of Maryland TRANSNET awardee demoed their incenTrip app to Summit participants. Because urban transportation systems are dynamic and change in real time, it’s not always easy to figure out the best way to get from point A to B at any time, especially for the energy-conscious traveler. IncenTrip is working to change that using a model that predicts in real time how travelers move and their subsequent energy impact.

Syracuse Demo

The Micro-Environment Management System: Syracuse University
Summit attendees had a chance to see DELTA awardee Syracuse University’s μX prototype in action. μX keeps individuals at their perfect temperature while allowing buildings to have an energy-saving wider range on the thermostat.


The 3D-Printed Heat Exchanger: University of Maryland
This University of Maryland ARID team demoed their innovative 3D printer to Summit participants today. The team to build a new kind of heat exchanger based on a composite polymer containing metal fibers. Thanks to its clever construction, the exchanger is lightweight and efficient, and because the 3D printer has multiple printer heads working all at once, it can be produced quickly. 


The Robotic Crop Monitoring Platform: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s TerraSentia product is a small, low cost, smart rover capable of measuring key traits about plants quickly and accurately. Summit attendees got to see TerraSentia on the move today!