ARPA-E and National Energy Action Month

October is National Energy Action Month, a full month focused on underscoring how crucial energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. The central mission of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is to accelerate innovations that will create a secure, affordable and sustainable American energy future.  ARPA-E advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. ARPA-E awardees are unique because they are developing entirely new ways to generate, store, and use energy. ARPA-E…


ARPA-E Awardees Pursue Unconventional Solar Technologies

With approximately 173,000 terawatts of solar energy continuously striking the earth, solar energy is the most abundant energy resource available. To put this in perspective, solar energy totals more than 10,000 times the world’s total energy use. Most solar power is in the form of rooftop panels mounted on homes and businesses. Residential solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity surpassed commercial solar PV capacity in 2014 and continues to steadily grow, which can be attributed to a consistent decline in the cost of solar technology and more efficient installation time. However, the Energy…


ARPA-E Projects Seek New Ways to Fuel Your Summer Travels

August 24, 2015  Americans spend a lot of time – and energy – driving and flying. The average U.S. driver logs about 13,000 miles every year. To fuel our commutes and summer road trips, Americans last year consumed more than 136 billion gallons of gasoline, which accounts for 60% of U.S. oil demand and is responsible for a quarter of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. On the commercial side, more than 10.3 billion gallons of jet fuel were consumed in 2014 by U.S. airlines alone.  With the busiest driving and travel season in full swing, fuel efficiency becomes particularly…


A Look Back with Technology-to-Market Advisor TJ Augustine

June 25, 2015 Photo: TJ Augustine at his desk at ARPA-E headquarters  For the last three years, TJ Augustine has served as a Technology-to-Market (Tech-to-Market) Advisor at ARPA-E, where he has helped prepare breakthrough energy technologies for transition from the lab to the market. He was responsible for leading the commercialization strategy for Reducing Emissions through Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE), Plants Engineered to Replace Oil (PETRO), and other ARPA-E programs in the area of liquid transportation fuels. Here at ARPA-E, Tech-to-Market…


ARPA-E ARID Program Advances Technologies to Reduce Water Usage at Power Plants

ARPA-E recently announced 14 new projects funded through the Advanced Research In Dry cooling (ARID) program, which aims to develop low-cost, highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants in order to reduce water consumption in power generation. At present, a majority of U.S. power plants use water to operate power generation equipment efficiently. However, a combination of growing environmental concern and increased water demand due to population growth is likely to significantly constrain the available water supply that can be allocated to power…


Get to Know ARPA-E Director Dr. Ellen Williams

May 21, 2015  Dr. Ellen Williams was confirmed by the United States Senate on Monday, December 8, 2014 as the Director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Williams served as the Chief Scientist for BP, a position she has held since January 2010. She is currently on a leave of absence from the University of Maryland where she is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology. While at Maryland, Dr. Williams founded the…


ARPA-E LITECAR Challenge Unveils the Future of Lightweight Vehicle Design

This past January, ARPA-E teamed up with Local Motors to present the LIghtweighting Technologies Enabling Comprehensive Automotive Redesign (LITECAR) Challenge, which sought innovative conceptual designs to lightweight a vehicle while maintaining or exceeding current U.S. automotive safety standards. With more than 250 conceptual designs submitted, Local Motors announced the winners of the LITECAR Challenge on Monday, April 20.  Highlights from the Winners The winning design, Aerodynamic Water Droplet with Strong Lightweight Bone Structure, was created by Andres Tovar, a mechanical…


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Accelerating the Pace of Energy Innovation at the 2015 ARPA-E Summit

Last month, over 2,000 energy innovators gathered at the sixth annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit to discuss cutting-edge energy technologies and how to move them out of the lab and into the market. During the three-day program, attendees heard from an impressive roster of industry leaders, networked at focused seminars and panel discussions, and had a first-hand look at over 270 technologies featured in ARPA-E’s Technology  Showcase. Attendees traveled from across the U.S. and from 32 countries to learn from industry leaders and engage in lively panel discussions. Attendees heard…


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Awardees Share Their Innovation Stories at the 2015 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

In early February, over 2,000 energy innovators gathered outside of Washington, DC for the 2015 ARPA-E Summit. The annual event brought together entrepreneurs, investors, industry and government thought leaders to collaborate, share knowledge, and build relationships to help bring transformative energy technologies to market. The Summit also highlighted the achievement of ARPA-E projects and their work to advance cutting-edge technologies to change the way we generate, use, and store energy. This year, we unveiled four new videos showcasing the achievements of several ARPA-E projects as…


Changing What's Possible at the 2015 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

When the sixth annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit convenes outside Washington, D.C., next week, more than 2,000 technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts and government thought leaders will gather to discuss America’s most pressing energy issues -- and to find ways to move promising new energy technologies out of the lab and into the market. As the nation’s preeminent energy innovation event, this annual conference and technology showcase attracts experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America’s complex energy challenges…