The purpose of the workshop was for ARPA-E to gather input from a diverse range of experts as it considers the creation of a program around technology advances required to increase performance and reduce cost of electrochemical devices, such as fuel cells for power generation in both stationary distributed generation and transportation (fuel cell vehicles) environments.
Sensing and Mitigation Strategies for Systematic Improvements in the Efficiency of Natural Gas Production Workshop
The workshop sought to envision innovative research paths forward for the development of disruptive technologies that can significantly reduce the methane emissions associated with natural gas production while simultaneously ensuring that natural gas is available as a fuel solution that enhances energy security, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship.
Solar Beyond Grid Parity: Spectrum-Efficient Solar Energy for Dispatchable Electricity or Fuels Workshop
This workshop sought to identify transformational research and development opportunities for inexpensive full-spectrum solar energy collection with integrated energy storage.
This workshop convened the world’s leading experts in metals extraction and thermal engineering and identified innovative research paths forward for the development of disruptive technologies that can significantly reduce the energy consumption needed to extract light metals (aluminum, titanium, and magnesium) from ore while simultaneously enabling high grade heat recovery for power generation.
This workshop convened technical and market experts for the discussion and exploration of transformative technologies for scaling chemoautotrophic biofuel production. The purpose of the event was to convene current ARPA-E “Electrofuels” performers, as well as other technical and market experts, to report out and share information.
This workshop explored approaches that combined single carbon metabolism, industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology experts for the discussion and exploration of transformative biological technologies for methane-to-liquid fuels in the context of potential impact, technical parameters, and cost.
This workshop explored alternatives to the current battery pack designs that employ tightly packed battery cells in rigid structural enclosures that add weight and cost and do not contribute to vehicle structural function.
This workshop focused on technologies that could convert natural gas into transportable liquids and/or chemicals and enable increased use of stranded methane and bio-gas in order to reduce petroleum imports and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
ARPA-E hosted the Emerging Ideas Workshops, comprised of small groups of experts to focus on examining specific technologies, to explore new technology areas that may merit the creation of a full program(s) at some point in the future.
This workshop focused on new transportation technologies, such as alternative fuels and advanced power train vehicles that have the potential to achieve ARPA-E mission areas of reducing foreign imports and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.