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ARPA-E convened people from diverse industries to discuss technologies for enabling advanced nuclear reactors to achieve operating cost profiles approximating those of natural gas combined cycle plants.

ARPA-E hosted a roundtable discussion on “Operating at Extremes: Tools for Enhanced Geothermal Systems” on September 21, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) have the potential to improve the economics and reduce the geographic restrictions of geothermal energy, but unlocking this resource will require changes to surveying and drilling technologies. ARPA-E convened leading experts in academic geosciences, petroleum engineering, enhanced geothermal systems, high-temperature electronics, space-based measurements, and geological storage to identify innovations in subsurface measurement and drilling techniques to enable economic operation of EGS.

This workshop convened leading experts in control and systems engineering, co-design, dynamics, modeling, optimization, electrical and mechanical systems, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, power electronics, generators and structural engineering; as well as developers of specific classes of energy conversion technologies, including wind, wave, tidal and riverine energies, and key enabling technologies like new optimization techniques, multi-scale computer algorithms, distributed sensors, intelligent signal processing and actuator networks.  

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The workshop convened leading experts in machine learning, artificial intelligence, topology optimization methodologies, inverse design methodologies, dimensionality reduction techniques, and general engineering design and optimization (including vendors of existing design tools and software), to identify innovations that have the potential to drastically improve the speed and quality of complex engineering design and thereby accelerate the development of next generation energy technologies whose discovery would otherwise be highly unlikely.

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The workshop convened leading experts in cementitious material development, manufacturing, distribution, and end-use to identify innovation which significantly improves concrete durability, lowers its energy footprint, and results in next-generation, cost-effective materials to address our current infrastructure challenges. Participants will lend their expertise to help ARPA-E explore innovative technologies to determine relevant and compelling metrics that will define a successful research program. 

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ARPA-E hosted a workshop entitled “The Energy-Smart Farm: Distributed Intelligence Networks for Highly Variable and Resource Constrained Crop Production Environments,” on February 13-14, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.  

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ARPA-E held a workshop entitled "Beyond the Hour and the Day: Long Duration Stationary Energy Storage" on December 7-8, 2017 in the Chicago, IL area.

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ARPA-E held a workshop on “High Efficiency, High Temperature Modular Power Utilizing Innovative Designs, Materials, and Manufacturing Techniques" from October 19-20, 2017 in the Washington, D.C. area.

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ARPA-E held a workshop on "High Efficiency Hybrid Vehicles" on October 12-13, 2017 in the Southfield, Michigan area. The workshop will convene leading experts in hybrid electric vehicles, fuels, fuel cells, and combustion engines.  

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ARPA-E held a workshop on “Enhancing Capital Flow into Early Stage Energy Technologies” on January 31- February 1, 2017 in the Denver, CO area. This workshop will convene leading experts and thought leaders from the financial, clean energy market, multilaterals, family offices, technical and policy sectors to identify innovative cross-disciplinary mechanisms, gaps in policy or regulation, and business model innovations that can enhance the successful pathway to commercialization of early-stage clean energy technologies.