2018 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Day One Recap

March 14, 2018 Day one of the 2018 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is a wrap! ARPA-E Principal Deputy Director Dr. Chris Fall kicked off the Summit with opening remarks and Tuesday’s mainstage programming featured fireside chats with Norm Augustine and Jason Grumet, Dr. David Hart and Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson, and keynote addresses by Rear Admiral David J. Hahn, Chief of Naval Research and The Honorable Paul Dabbar, DOE Under Secretary for Science.    Fireside Chat with Norm Augustine, American Energy Innovation Council and Jason Grumet, Bipartisan Policy Center Fireside Chat…


Monday Summit Recap Blog: Hill Showcase

March 13, 2018  Blue River Technology’s Dr. Matt Colgan explains his team’s research to congressional staff.  Yesterday, ARPA-E hosted its annual Hill Showcase, where five project teams demonstrated their novel technologies and discussed the future of American energy innovation with congressional staff. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Dr. Christer Jansson and Blue River Technology’s Drs. Matt Colgan and Chi Ngyuen joined the showcase to discuss their TERRA project, The Consortium for Advanced Sorghum Phenomics (CASP). The TERRA program aims to integrate agriculture,…


Transformative Tech at the 2018 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

February 26, 2018 Every year, DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) welcomes thousands of energy innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, and government professionals to its Energy Innovation Summit. Among all the world-class speakers, panelists, and networking opportunities, the can’t-miss star of the Summit is the Technology Showcase, where nearly 300 exhibitors show the world the future of American energy innovation. A visit to the Tech Showcase would be incomplete without a stop by one of ARPA-E’s six technology demonstrations—specialized events highlighting some of the…


The 2018 ARPA-E Summit Mobile App

Get the Most Out of Your Conference Experience: The 2018 ARPA-E Summit Mobile App The 2018 ARPA-E Summit app is a great tool to enhance your Summit experience. The app will provide the most up-to-date agenda with real-time updates and notifications, as well as speaker biographies, panel descriptions, Showcase participant profiles, and more. For the 2018 Summit, a fold-out pocket guide will be available with a map of the Technology Showcase floor and at-a-glance agenda information, and all the important attendee and exhibitor details and networking tools will be on the…


Five OPEN Projects Transforming the Energy Landscape

January 12, 2018 Since 2009, ARPA-E has developed more than 40 focused technology programs to push the boundaries of science and technology and fundamentally change how we get, store, and use energy. As a complement to its focused programs, ARPA-E periodically releases “open” funding solicitations. These programs identify high-potential projects that address the full range of energy-related technologies—from next generation wind turbines to novel battery chemistries. The OPEN 2009, 2012, and 2015 programs have accelerated the development of more than 100 innovative advanced energy…


SHIELDing Windows to Save Energy with ARPA-E Program Director Eric Schiff

December 19, 2017  SHIELDing Windows to Save Energy with Program Director Eric Schiff  ARPA-E Single-Pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs (SHIELD) Program In one sentence, can you tell us what the SHIELD program is? SHIELD is a portfolio of research projects seeking to solve the massive problem of inefficient and uncomfortable single-pane windows. Why is ARPA-E interested in better windows? What’s the big deal? Most modern windows incorporate double pane units that have two planes of glass separated by about half an inch. But every year, American…


Exploring High Efficiency, High Temperature Modular Power Generation with Dr. Michael Ohadi

October 17, 2017Updated January 8, 2018 Exploring High Efficiency, High Temperature Modular Power Generation with Dr. Michael Ohadi  Dr. Michael Ohadi discusses his background, how he came to ARPA-E, and how high efficiency, compact power systems could be a game changer for a range of industries.  1. Tell us a little about your background. How does your previous experience provide insight into your work at ARPA-E? Mike: My focus at ARPA-E includes heat/mass transfer enhancement and process intensification using innovative designs, materials, and manufacturing techniques.…


High Efficiency Hybrid Systems

October 2, 2017 High Efficiency Hybrid Systems: Exploring New Ways to Move with Drs. Chris Atkinson and Grigorii Soloveichik Drs. Atkinson and Soloveichik discuss their backgrounds, why they came to ARPA-E, and how a new approach to powertrains could boost transportation efficiency.    1. Tell us a little about your backgrounds. How does your previous experience provide insight into your work at ARPA-E? Chris:My position at ARPA-E represents a third career for me—over the past 26 years, I have been an academic, a consultant and now a Program Director at ARPA-E. I specialize in…


Behind the Scenes with Drs. Rachel Slaybaugh and JC Zhao

August 16, 2017 Safe, Secure, and Affordable: Redesigning Nuclear Power Behind the Scenes with Drs. Rachel Slaybaugh and JC Zhao Drs. Slaybaugh and Zhao discuss their backgrounds, why they came to ARPA-E, and how novel plant designs could transform nuclear power for the 21st century. Dr. Rachel Slaybauch and Dr. JC Zhao at the 2017 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 1. Tell us a little about your backgrounds. How does your previous experience provide insight into your work at ARPA-E? Rachel: I’ve been working in nuclear engineering for almost 15 years. I’m currently splitting…


Better Together: Fuel Cell & Engine Hybrid Systems

July 19, 2017 Better Together: Fuel Cell & Engine Hybrid SystemsBehind the Scenes with Dr. David Tew, Program Director at ARPA-EDr. David Tew discusses his background, why he came to ARPA-E, and what it's like to work on a new technical area. Dr. David Tew delivering his Fast Pitch entitled "Better Together: Fuel Cell & Engine Hybrid Systems" at the 2017 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit.  1. Tell us a little about your background. How does your previous experience provide insight into your work at ARPA-E? I joined ARPA-E after a nearly 20-year career at United…