ARPA-E launched the Energy Briefs digital video series in the summer of 2020 to showcase the unique contributions our technical staff, project teams, and leadership are making to build and scale the energy technologies of the future.

ARPA-E Energy Briefs is an informational webinar series that provides the energy technology and investor communities with insight and practical information on ARPA-E activities and innovative programs. Energy Briefs will focus on technologies, commercialization efforts, and a variety of other topics of interest to the Energy R&D community. These are meant to be short, informal glimpses into the energy innovation space.

You can watch every episode in the Energy Briefs series below.


Ep. 13: Dr. David Tew & Dr. Rakesh Radhakrishnan on ARPA-E's DIFFERENTIATE Program

Nov. 29, 2021

On this episode of the ARPA-E Energy Briefs series, ARPA-E Program Director Dr. David Tew and ARPA-E Tech-to-Market Advisor Dr. Rakesh Radhakrishnan discuss the motivation behind ARPA-E's DIFFERENTIATE program, as well as the technical accomplishments and commercial progress of its project teams.


Ep. 12: Dr. Marina Sofos on ARPA-E's New HESTIA Program

November 8, 2021

On this episode of Energy Briefs, ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Marina Sofos discusses ARPA-E's new HESTIA program. HESTIA addresses the need for negative emission technologies to implement carbon removal strategies. Dr. Sofos is joined by members of the HESTIA program development team who provide additional technical and market perspectives.


Ep. 11: Dr. James Zahler and Dr. Danny Cunningham on the SCALEUP Program

October 28, 2021

On this episode of Energy Briefs, ARPA-E’s Associate Director for Technology-to-Market, Dr. James Zahler, and Technology-to-Market Advisor Dr. Danny Cunningham discuss ARPA-E’s SCALEUP program, past and future.


Ep. 10: Dr. Mike Ohadi's Four Year Journey at ARPA-E, feat. Dr. Rakesh Radhakrishnan

May 7, 2021

On this episode of Energy Briefs, ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Mike Ohadi discusses his program portfolio as his term at ARPA-E comes to an end. Dr. Ohadi is joined by Tech-to-Market Advisor Dr. Rakesh Radhakrishnan to discuss all of the groundbreaking work they have collaborated on, including advances in high-temperature materials, dry cooling technologies, electric aviation, and much more.


Ep. 9: Municipal Solid Waste Technologies, feat. Dr. Doug Wicks and Nick Rodricks

March 18, 2021

On this episode of Energy Briefs, ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Doug Wicks and Summer Scholar Nick Rodricks discuss what to do with municipal solid waste resources in the United States.


Ep. 8: Natural Gas-Fueled Electrical Systems, feat. Dr. Dave Tew and Dr. Rakesh Radhakrishnan

October 19, 2020

On this episode of Energy Briefs, ARPA-E Program Director David Tew and Tech-to-Market Advisor Rakesh Radhakrishnan discuss ARPA-E's INTEGRATE program, which seeks to develop natural gas or carbon neutral fueled ultra-high efficiency distributed electrical generation systems.


Ep. 7: The ARPA-E Fusion Portfolio, feat. Dr. Scott Hsu and Dr. Colleen Nehl

September 28, 2020

On this episode of Energy Briefs Dr. Scott Hsu -- the ARPA-­E Program Director overseeing the ALPHA program’s conclusion and the development of new fusion programs, BETHE and GAMOW -- discusses potentially transformative R&D to enable timely commercial fusion energy, including highlights from a few of ARPA-E’s fusion projects.


Ep. 6: Flexible Carbon Capture feat. Dr. Scott Litzelman and Max Tuttman

September 15, 2020

On this episode of Energy Briefs, ARPA-E Program Director Scott Litzelman and ARPA-E Tech-to-Market Advisor Max Tuttman discuss the FLECCS program and the goal of developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies that enable power generators to be responsive to grid conditions in a high variable renewable energy (VRE) penetration environment.


Ep. 5: Direct Air & Ocean Capture of CO2, feat. Dr. Zara L'Heureux & Dr. Greg Thiel

August 31, 2020

On this episode of Energy Briefs, ARPA-E Fellows Dr. Zara L'Heureux and Dr. Greg Thiel discuss ARPA-E's work on capturing carbon dioxide directly from ambient air and from ocean water. Direct Air Capture (DAC) and Direct Ocean Capture (DOC) of CO2 are tremendously exciting areas of interest for research and development of potentially game-changing new energy technologies.


Ep. 4: The NEXTCAR Program, featuring Dr. Chris Atkinson and Dr. Rusty Heffner

August 17, 2020

On this episode of Energy Briefs, Dr. Chris Atkinson, who recently completed a term as an ARPA-E Program Director, looks at his signature program, NEXTCAR, and discusses how cars can be made more energy efficient without ever touching the engine.


Ep. 3: The SCALEUP Program with Mary Yamada and Dr. James Zahler

August 3, 2020

On this episode of Energy Briefs, ARPA-E Technology-to-Market team leaders James Zahler and Mary Yamada talk about the SCALEUP Virtual Workshop Series, held on August 11 & 12, 2020.


Ep. 2: Advanced Nuclear Reactors with ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Rachel Slaybaugh

July 23, 2020

On this episode of Energy Briefs, ARPA-E Program Director Rachel Slaybaugh examines ARPA-E's work in Advanced Nuclear Reactors. With nuclear power considered by many to be critical to any goal of a low- or no-carbon energy system, Rachel discusses how ARPA-E is helping to make the next generation of nuclear reactors safer, more efficient, and more cost effective.


Ep. 1: Introduction to Energy Briefs

July 23, 2020

On the debut episode of Energy Briefs, ARPA-E Technology to Market Advisor Mary Yamada introduces the energy R&D agency's new webinar series Energy Briefs, with a special appearance from ARPA-E Director Lane Genatowski. Mary explains what an Energy Brief is, why the agency is creating these, and why this series is a must watch for the energy innovation community.