ARPA-E Announces $11 Million for Fourth, Fifth OPEN+ Cohorts

Projects Look to Develop Energy Innovations in Water Processing and Agricultural Sensing Technologies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $11 million in funding for 7 projects in the next two cohorts of the agency’s OPEN+ program: Energy-Water Technologies and Sensors for Bioenergy and Agriculture. Energy-Water cohort teams will develop new, energy-efficient processing technologies for industrial (particularly oil and gas) and municipal wastewater. The Sensors teams will develop ultra-low-energy distributed sensors to improve production efficiency in agriculture, boosting viability for bioenergy crops and reducing the energy and water requirements for agriculture more broadly.

Inspired by the high quality of applications in the agency’s recent OPEN 2018 funding opportunity, ARPA-E created OPEN+ cohorts to focus on targeted, high-value opportunities to innovate technologies and create new communities. To date, ARPA-E has announced OPEN+ projects in materials science for nuclear energy; low cost, ultra-durable concrete; and new ways to create high-value carbon and hydrogen from methane.

ARPA-E plans to announce a total of nine OPEN+ cohorts throughout late 2018 and early 2019.

The Energy-Water Technologies project list can be found here. The Sensors for Bioenergy and Agriculture project list can be found here.