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Meet the Program Director: Dr. Ahmed Diallo

Dr. Ahmed Diallo currently serves as a Program Director for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His focus at ARPA-E is on potentially transformative research & development to enable commercial fusion energy. Tell us about your background and what brought you to ARPA-E. In terms of my professional background, I am a scientist at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory – one of 17 DoE National Labs. I have been there for about 13 years working on fusion and low temperature plasmas. During my tenure, among other projects, I managed the Innovation Network for Fusion…


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Meet ARPA-E's 2022 Summer Scholars

Every year, ARPA-E’s Summer Scholars have the unique opportunity to interface with ARPA-E Program Directors, Technology-to-Market (T2M) advisors, and Fellows working on the nation’s foremost energy challenges. Summer Scholars participate in a whole host of activities and take on various responsibilities during their time at ARPA-E. The goal of their work is to assist the team in defining commercialization pathways for high-risk, high-impact technologies to help those technologies achieve maximum impact and return on investment. Learn more below about what each 2022 Summer Scholar has…


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A Day in the Life of an ARPA-E Fellow

ARPA-E brings together top minds in energy research, development, and commercialization to explore high-risk, high-reward technologies that could change what’s possible in how we use, generate, and store energy. Our team of Fellows – early-career Ph.D. scientists and engineers who assist with program creation, agency strategy, and outreach – actively help shape the strategic direction and vision of an agency devoted exclusively to transformational energy technology research and development, all while undertaking their own independent explorations of promising future research areas for the…


ARPA-E Investor Update Blog Vol 9 Ion Storage Systems
ARPA-E Investor Update Vol. 9

Ion Storage Systems (ION) recently raised more than $30 million in its Series A funding round for their novel approach to solid-state batteries. The funding round included several investors, including Toyota Ventures. Their recently announced investment will enable ION to establish a battery cell manufacturing line for their next-generation solid-state batteries. Funds raised in the Series A round will also drive the company’s current development projects forward in the consumer electronics, automotive, and stationary storage markets. ARPA-E first funded the team as a University of…


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Former ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Ilan Gur to Lead New UK Science Agency

Former ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Ilan Gur was today announced as the inaugural CEO of the UK’s Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA). ARIA represents an ambitious undertaking by the UK government to invest in science research. Similar to ARPA-E, ARIA will focus on high-risk, transformative energy and science projects. Their high-risk research focus will allow ARIA to invest in scientific discovery that could create paradigm shifts in a number of fields. ARIA will operate with a “programme manager” model where technical experts design, develop, and manage their own research…


ARPA-E Investor Update Vol 2 Zap Energy
ARPA-E Investor Update Vol. 2

Update: July 2022 After raising $27.5 million in their Series B fundraising round in May 2021, Zap Energy recently announced they raised an additional $160 million in follow-on funding. Lowercarbon Capital led their Series C funding round, with additional investors including Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Shell Ventures, DCVC, and Valor Equity Partners. The Zap Energy team also announced a major technical milestone last month. Zap Energy created the first plasma in their FuZE-Q prototype. With the roughly $200 million in additional funding Zap has secured since 2017 and the first plasma…


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Reliving the Excitement of the 2022 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

The 2022 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit was packed full of interesting and insightful discussion from speakers across industry, academia, and government. Photos from the Summit are now available on the Summit website and videos from the Summit are included below to help you relive all the excitement in Denver. Monday, May 23rd We kicked off the Summit with keynote addresses from Dr. Jennifer Gerbi, Acting Director and Deputy Director for Technology at ARPA-E, and the Honorable Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver. Following these keynote addresses was Dr. David Horsup,…


Agtech’s Next Frontier with Dr. Nick Goeser
Agtech’s Next Frontier

ARPA-E recently welcomed Dr. Nick Goeser as the federal Tech-to-Market (T2M) advisor for our agriculture technology portfolio. We sat down with Dr. Goeser ahead of ARPA-E’s upcoming carbon farming workshop to discuss his perspectives on the current state of domestic agriculture, and how ARPA-E can play a role in transforming the industry to better meet the needs of our society. Q: You recently joined the T2M team at ARPA-E. What were you doing before joining ARPA-E and what motivated you to join the team? A: Prior to ARPA-E my experience has largely focused on agriculture technology and…


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Feeding Frenzy

The land-based counterparts of our oceans’ most notorious carnivores, the hungry entrepreneurs from popular reality TV show Shark Tank, recently had their mouths watering at a new product developed by ARPA-E awardee Umaro Foods. Their innovation, plant-based bacon, comes from an unexpected protein source: ocean-farmed seaweed. Umaro recently brought their plant-based bacon for a high-profile taste test on Shark Tank. After enthusiastically pitching their seaweed bacon to the Sharks, including a detailed explanation of how the future of plant-based protein could be found in the ocean, Umaro…


Investor Update Vol 8 Blog ARPA-E Heirloom Carbon Removal
ARPA-E Investor Update Vol. 8

Heirloom Carbon Technologies recently announced $53 million in follow-on funding for their direct air capture (DAC) technology raised from investors including Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Heirloom’s technology leverages carbon mineralization, taking naturally available rocks and minerals with a propensity to absorb CO2 and increasing their speed and ability to do so. This promising method includes a repeated enhanced weathering process, in which a natural reaction between CO2 in air and magnesium- and/or calcium-rich minerals is accelerated to form a solid carbonate that can be processed…