ARPA-E Announces $21 Million for Second, Third OPEN+ Cohorts

Follow-up to ARPA-E’s OPEN 2018 Programs Supports Innovations in Concrete, Methane

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $21 million in funding for 7 projects in the next two cohorts of the agency’s OPEN+ program. These project teams will pursue methods to create high-value carbon and hydrogen from methane, or to produce super strong, durable concrete with lower cost and environmental impact.

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. The methane cohort teams will focus on industrially scalable ways to produce high quality carbon and hydrogen. Concrete cohort teams will develop manufacturing processes to extend the life of this critical construction material while reducing the amount of energy required to produce it.

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

The complete list of OPEN+ concrete and methane projects can be found here.