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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Program Description:

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) - Nanomechanics of Electrodeposited Li
• California Institute of Technology (Caltech) - Acoustic Wave Enhanced Catalysis
• 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 - Integrated Power Adapter
• Columbia University - Computing Through Silicon Photonics
• Columbia University - Co-Generation of Fuels During Copper Bioleaching
• 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 - Adsorption Compression on Chemical Reactions
• Johns Hopkins University - Carbon Fiber from Methane
• Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) - Metal-Supported SOFC for Vehicles
• New York University (NYU) - Grid Dynamics from City Light
• Northeastern University - Power Converter for Photovoltaic Applications
• Northeastern University - Materials for Magnetocaloric 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 - High Gain Step-Up Converters
• Sandia National Laboratories - Power Conversion with Photoconductive Switches
• 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) - Novel Electrolytes
• University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) - Production of Large-Sized LOCH Parts
• University of Colorado, Boulder (CU-Boulder) - Capacitive Wireless Power System
• 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 Maryland (UMD) - Electrochemical Compression for Ammonia
• University of Michigan - Benchtop Growth of High Quality Thin Film Photovoltaics
• University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) - Electromagnetic Induction Power Converter
• University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) - Reversible Air Batteries
• University of Washington (UW) - Stable Magnetized Target Fusion Plasmas
• Utah State University (USU) - Feasibility Analysis of Electric Roadways