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ARPA-E held a workshop on "Safe and Secure Megawatt-Size Nuclear Power" on March 16-17, 2016 in the Washington, D.C. area. This workshop will bring together experts in nuclear reactor design, nuclear science, materials science, controls, advanced sensors and monitors, manufacturing, risk analysis, non-proliferation/safeguards, as well as potential end users, vendors, investors, and other relevant stakeholders.

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This workshop brought together experts in macroalgae cultivation, physiology and ecology with those from complimentary fields of plant breeding, oceanography, marine engineering, robotics, and biomass processing, as well as agronomy and the financial community.

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This workshop convened leading experts in electrochemistry, catalysis (hydrogenation and dehydrogenation), fuel cells and electrolyzers, organic synthesis and fuels to identify innovative research paths forward for the development of disruptive technologies that can bridge renewable energy production and transportation fuels and significantly reduce the cost of energy transportation from remote locations to consumers using energy dense liquid fuels.

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This workshop convened experts from several fields to consider how to accelerate efficiency improvements in data centers, specifically through optical interconnect development.

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This workshop convened thought leaders in plant biology, soil microbiology, soil chemistry, biogeochemistry, computational analytics, and emerging imaging technologies to determine the most promising methods to enhance terrestrial carbon sinks.

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This workshop convened experts from a number of fields to consider the development of future high efficiency light-duty vehicle powertrains for connected, semi-autonomous and fully autonomous (driverless) vehicles.

This workshop convened leading experts in solid state ionics, low-cost ceramics and composites manufacturing, mechanical properties of thin functional layers, mixed ionic and electronic conductors, nanostructuring, solid-state polymers, solid-state synthetic techniques, high-throughput materials computation and discovery, and novel approaches to ionically conductive layers to identify innovative research paths to advance solid ion conductors for energy technologies.

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This workshop discussed the challenges and opportunities associated with development of new power system optimization tools in the context of cost effectively facilitating the integration of high penetrations of renewable generation.

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This workshop addressed the technological, cost, and market barriers that impede efficiency improvements to single-pane windows. It brought together experts on windows and building envelopes, manufacturers of current low-cost technologies for improving single-pane windows, researchers working on advanced materials for window retrofits, and a representative group of the building owners and operators who make window retrofit decisions.

This workshop convened leading experts in building science, control systems, and computer science to identify innovative research paths to increase the adoption of energy-saving building controls by reducing one-off design and installation costs.