Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science

Building Efficiency
Distributed Energy Resources
Electrical Efficiency
Manufacturing Efficiency
Resource Efficiency
Transportation Energy Conversion
Transportation Fuels
Transportation Network
Transportation Storage
Transportation Vehicles

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The IDEAS program – short for Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science – provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore pioneering new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology. IDEAS awards, which are restricted to maximums of one year in duration and $500,000 in funding, are intended to be flexible and may take the form of analyses or exploratory research that provides the agency with information useful for the subsequent development of focused technology programs. IDEAS awards may also support proof-of-concept research to develop a unique technology concept, either in an area not currently supported by the agency or as a potential enhancement to an ongoing focused technology program. This program identifies potentially disruptive concepts in energy-related technologies that challenge the status quo and represent a leap beyond today’s technology. That said, an innovative concept alone is not enough. IDEAS projects must also represent a fundamentally new paradigm in energy technology and have the potential to significantly impact ARPA-E’s mission areas.

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Being able to act quickly and fund the most cutting-edge ideas is at the core of ARPA-E’s mission, and IDEAS is another example of ARPA-E adapting its model to leverage new scientific discoveries and market developments. IDEAS will enable ARPA-E to support exceptionally promising and innovative early-stage applied research.


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Project Listing

Bigwood Systems - Global-Optimal Power Flow (G-OPF)
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) - Acoustic Wave Enhanced Catalysis
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) - Nanomechanics of Electrodeposited Li
Citrine Informatics - Machine Learning for Solid Ion Conductors
Colorado School of Mines - Thermoelectric Materials Discovery
Colorado School of Mines - Ammonia Synthesis Membrane Reactor
Columbia University - Computing Through Silicon Photonics
Columbia University - Co-Generation of Fuels During Copper Bioleaching
Columbia University - Integrated Power Adapter
Cornell University - Secondary Lithium Metal Batteries
Cree Fayetteville - Diamond Capacitors for Power Electronics
Gas Technology Institute (GTI) - Methane Soft Oxidation
GeneSiC Semiconductor - Novel Gallium Nitride Transistors
George Washington University (GWU) - Transfer Printed Virtual Substrates
Georgia Tech Research Corporation - Hollow Fibers for Separations
Grid Logic - Nanostructured Core/Shell Powders for Magnets
Harvard University - Transistor-less Power Supply Technology
Harvard University - Mining the Deep Sea for Microbial Ethano- and Propanogenesis
Hi Fidelity Genetics - Plant Root Phenotyping
Inventev - Transmission-Based Power Generator
Iowa State University (ISU) - Catalytic Autothermal Pyrolysis
Johns Hopkins University - Carbon Fiber from Methane
Johns Hopkins University - Adsorption Compression on Chemical Reactions
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) - Metal-Supported SOFC for Vehicles
New York University (NYU) - Grid Dynamics from City Light
Northeastern University - Materials for Magnetocaloric Applications
Northeastern University - Power Converter for Photovoltaic Applications
Oregon State University (OSU) - Home Generator Benchmarking Program
Otherlab - Visualizing Energy Data
Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) - Large-Area Thermoelectric Generators
Princeton Optronics - Development of a New Type of Laser Ignition System
Princeton University - Acoustic Analysis for Battery Testing
Purdue University - Bio-enabled Lightweight Metallic Structures
Qromis - Reliable and Self-Clamped GaN Switch
Ricardo - Reducing Automotive CAPEX Entry Barriers
Rice University - Biological Ammonia Production
Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics - High Temperature Ceramics for Solar Fuel Production
Sandia National Laboratories - Power Conversion with Photoconductive Switches
Sandia National Laboratories - High Gain Step-Up Converters
Signetron - Mobile Building Audits
Space Orbital Services - Low Temperature Methane Conversion Through Impacting Common Alloy Catalysts
Stanford University - CO2 for Commodity Polymer Synthesis
Tandem PV - Unlock Perovskite Photovoltaics
Tetramer Technologies - Enhanced Stability AEM at High Temperatures
Texas Tech University - Solid-State Neutron Detectors
United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) - Design of Ultra-Efficient Thermal-Fluid Components
United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) - High Performance Transportation Redox-Air Flow Cells
University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) - Production of Large-Sized LOCH Parts
University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) - Novel Electrolytes
University of Colorado, Boulder (CU-Boulder) - Capacitive Wireless Power System
University of Maryland (UMD) - Electrochemical Compression for Ammonia
University of Maryland (UMD) - Current Collectors for Aqueous Batteries
University of Maryland (UMD) - Next-Generation Air-Cooled Heat Exchangers
University of Maryland (UMD) - High-Capacity Carbon Wires
University of Michigan - Benchtop Growth of High Quality Thin Film Photovoltaics
University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) - Electromagnetic Induction Power Converter
University of Tennessee (UT) - Reversible Air Batteries
University of Washington (UW) - Stable Magnetized Target Fusion Plasmas
Utah State University (USU) - Feasibility Analysis of Electric Roadways