Coskata believes natural gas is an attractive feedstock for early commercial projects due to its abundant supply and low cost, and expects to achieve unsubsidized production costs that are significantly lower than competitive approaches to fuels and chemicals production. (Source: Coskata, HeraldonLine, 19 Sept., 2013) Contact: Coskata Inc. , William Roe, CEO, (630) 657-5800, www.coskata.com; ARPA-E, firstname.lastname@example.org
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ARPA-E's RANGE program seeks to re-envision the total EV battery system, rather than working to increase the energy density of individual battery cells. RANGE projects will also focus on multifunctional energy storage designs that use these robust storage systems to simultaneously serve other functions in a vehicle, further reducing an energy storage system's effective and overall EV weight.
The first University of Maryland ARPA-E project -- Multiple-Electron Aqueous Battery -- was awarded $405,000. The second project -- Solid-State Lithium-Ion Battery with Ceramic Electrolyte led by University of Maryland Energy Research Director and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Eric Wachsman, was awarded $574,275.
(Source: University of Maryland, A. James Clark School of Engineering, headlineonheadline.com, 26 Aug., 2013) Contact: University of Maryland, A. James Clark School of Engineering, Eric Wachman, (301) 405-8193, email@example.com, www.clark.umd.edu; ARPA-E, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The main aim of the project was to develop a battery out of cheap, readily available and non-toxic elements. The makers bid on zinc and manganese, as these are commonly found in conventional batteries, they are recyclable and their cost is significantly low. Of course, to be able to use them in rechargeable devices, the team had to overcome limitations such as dendrites formation and drop in efficiency during charging and recharging. (Source: ARPA-E, Green Optomistic, Aug. 12, 2013) Contact: U.S. DOE ARPA-E, email@example.com, www.arpa-e.energy.gov; Urban Electric Power, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://urbanelectricpower.com
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The new DOE program entitled Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) seeks to develop two distinct technology options to deliver low-cost, high-efficiency solar energy on demand, specifically: new hybrid solar energy converters, and new hybrid energy storage systems.
ARPA-E was launched in 2009 to identify transformational, breakthrough technologies that show fundamental technical promise but are too early for private-sector investment. To date, ARPA-E has funded 285 projects, across 33 states, with $770 million in funding. (Source: DOE, ARPA-E, CIOL, 22 July, 2013)
Contact: U.S. DOE ARPA-E, email@example.com, www.arpa-e.energy.gov
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"We deserve more than political posturing and moves as antiquated as the incandescent bulb. Right now, a convergence of environmental, economic and technological forces is transforming the global energy landscape. Just last month, the International Energy Agency (IEA) projected that renewable energy sources would eclipse nuclear and gas generation by 2016, and provide a quarter of the world's energy supply by 2018. Renewable energy is unequivocally a major component of the energy landscape.
"With the global rise of renewables, clean energy has become an inextricable component of energy science and engineering. Programs in sustainability, renewable energy, smart grid, and energy efficiency have emerged at major universities all over the U.S. These programs popped up as fields like mechanical and electrical engineering identified climate change as a key challenge facing humanity. Engineers have always sought to apply scientific knowledge to overcome technical challenges and ensure human safety and progress. Now, more than ever, academic researchers are passionately seeking solutions to address global warming.
"As top engineers and scientists have acknowledged the need to address the threat of climate change, so too have aspiring young scientists and engineers. Sustainability has become part of innovative educational programs across the country. Today, it is rare to see a science classroom without a miniature solar panel or wind turbine on its shelves. Why? Because students of all ages are compelled by the chance to design the next device or system that will help us overcome the challenges resulting from climate change. Students' passion for clean energy helps them endure difficult subjects like math and science, making the U.S. more competitive internationally. We owe it to these students to keep up the pace of clean energy education and research. Government funding agencies like ARPA-E and the DOE have a direct influence on science and engineering departments all over the country.
"Cutting these agencies has a ripple effect that hurts students, professors and other educators across the nation. Whether our elected leaders like it or not, researchers and academics will continue to explore the potential of the new energy frontier. The question is, will the government promote their efforts, or squander the momentum thousands of talented Americans have built up over many years of dedicated work?" (Source: EDF, July 17, 2013) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, (800) 684-3322, www.edf.org
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The firm said it could not have developed this technology without the support of ARPA-E, a US government initiative that backs alternative energy development, and it has had a supportive relationship with Google. (Source: Google, The Inquirer, 23 May, 2013) Contact: Makani Power, Dante Siracusa, Business Manager, (510) 629-4316, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.makanipower.com
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The Printed Integral Battery Project is part of a portfolio of research within the PARC Energy Technology Program aimed at developing practical solutions to make clean and abundant energy available across a wide range of applications. This includes a focus on improving energy storage for EVs, consumer electronics, and electric grid support through better ways to make, monitor, and manage batteries.
The conventional lithium-ion battery manufacturing process requires that the two halves of a battery be made in two separate steps, and then combined together in a third step -- each step adding cost that contributes to the high price of the final product. PARC's Printed Integral Battery deposits the entire battery cell-cathode, separator, anode in one single pass. PARC's CoEx technology allows multiple materials to be deposited simultaneously while still maintaining fine features in the finished product.
Implementing CoEx for solar, PARC has partnered with a solar company for mass manufacturing of silicon solar cell gridlines, and is currently seeking partnerships with battery manufacturers to use CoEx as a drop-in replacement for conventional electrode deposition equipment that can improve the performance of current battery chemistries by as much as 30 percent.
(Source: PARC, PR, Wall Street Journal, 29 April, 2013) Contact: ARPA-E, www.arpa-e.energy.gov; PARC, (650) 692-3375, www.parc.com
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The Solar Vortex consortium has created a short cylinder which sits on a dark surface which can absorb and emit heat. The air is warmed and caused to twist into a vortex by the angled walls. A fan attached to a generator mounted at the top of the cylinder is turned by the rotating column creating electricity.
Arne Pearlstein, a professor of mechanical engineering and part of the Solar Vortex team, estimates that the device will produce electricity for 20 percent cheaper than wind turbines, and 65 percent cheaper than solar PV panels, due primarily to low maintenance costs. (Source: Solar Vortex, oilprice.com, Feb. 27, 2013) Contact: ARPA-E, www.arpa-e.energy.gov
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Targeted specifically in this grant is Dais's on-going development of an energy-efficient, compact dehumidification system that uses a nano-composite membrane developed by Dais to allow moisture -- but not air -- to pass through it. This process is engineered to efficiently remove water vapor from the humid air, and is projected to enable high-volume, low-cost mass production of the dehumidification system.
It is estimated that this system will use 20 to 50 percent less fuel than existing cooling systems at Forward Operating Bases located in hot, humid environments. Even greater fuel savings could be achieved in hot, dry conditions. (Source: Dais Analytics ,Jan 25, 2012) Contact: Tim Tangredi, President, Dais Analytic Corporation, (727) 375-8484x205, email@example.com, www.daisanalytic.com
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The amount of natural gas flared or vented from oil wells globally is equal to one-third of the amount of petroleum used in the U.S. each year. And every molecule of methane vented to the atmosphere in that process has the global-warming capacity of 12 molecules of carbon dioxide. A consortium of scientists says that if the wasted gas can be turned into a liquid, then it can be piped along with the petroleum to refineries where it can be turned into diesel fuel.
The consortium's proposal to develop a microbe that eats methane won a $4.8 million Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) award from DOE. NREL's award was announced as one of 66 OPEN 2012 projects, which focus on a wide array of technologies, including advanced fuels.
The University of Washington is taking the lead and focusing on genetically modifying the microbes. NREL will be in charge of fermentation to demonstrate the productivity of the microbes, both the natural organism and the genetically-altered varieties. NREL will also extract the lipids from the organisms and analyze the economic potential of the plan.
A third partner, UK-headquartered Johnson-Matthey will produce the catalysts that turn the lipids in the methane into fuel. Lanza Tech, a pioneer in waste-to-fuels technology, has signed on to commercialize the bench-scale plan if it is successful.
The end product would be a fuel intermediate that then could be piped to a refinery for final processing into diesel or jet fuel.(Source: NREL, Environmental Expert, Jan. 3, 2013) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, www.lanzatech.com; NREL, www.nrel.gov
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Superconducting materials carry electricity without any electrical resistance, resulting in no energy lost during transport. However, wind turbines generate magnetic fields, which results in magnetic flux lines -- essentially the pull of magnetism -- running through and moving within superconducting wires. These flux lines interfere with the wires' ability to transport electricity, lowering its performance.
The ultimate goal for the three-year project is to improve the performance of superconducting wire used in wind turbines by 400 percent.
(Source: University of Houston, PR, 7 Dec., 2012)
Contact: Univ. of Houston, Venkat Selvamickam, (713) 743-4044, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.uh.edu
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The team hopes to harness the natural process of photosynthesis -- nature's model of sustainable energy generation -- by directly converting carbon dioxide to biofuels using blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). The prototype reactor will deliver light to algae growing on low-cost, light-guiding sheets and then collect fuel through tiny porous tubes. Unlike conventional algae ponds, this reactor will distribute a nearly ideal amount of sunlight and use minimal water. Current technologies are limited by conventional reactor design, including poor distribution of light in the reactor, low organism concentrations and large amounts of water and energy consumptions. The work was originally conceived with support from a 2010 seed grant from Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. (Source: Cornell University, Nanowerk, 29 Nov., 2012) Contact: Cornell, David Erickson, (607) 255-4861, email@example.com, www.cornell.edu; ARPA-E, www.arpa-e.energy.gov
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ARPA-E will fund the development and demonstration of a complete battery sensor prototype, including new fibre optic sensing elements, a design to cost-effectively integrate hair-thin optical fibres into battery cells and packs, a compact optical read-out unit to measure the signals, and the intelligent algorithms that can make sense of the measurements to effectively control the battery. (Source: LG Chem, DOE ARPA-E, Sept. 26, 2012)
Contact: Terry Lee, Public Relations, LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lgchem.com; PARC, www.parc.com
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The system to be developed will use PARC's compact wavelength-shift detection technology and machine learning/sensor network expertise -- part of PARC's optics and optoelectronics and intelligent automation work -- to enable effective real-time performance management and optimized battery design. Capabilities will range from inferring state and health information to predicting remaining life, and the resulting commercial EV-grade battery module with embedded optical sensors and readout unit will undergo industry-standard validation at LGCPI's facilities.
LGCPI, considered by many to be the leading U.S. manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for EVs, will work with PARC to develop the system and conduct testing to validate that it is robust and cost effective for the commercial market. (Source: PARC, Hybrid Cars, Sept. 20, 2012) Contact: Terry Lee, LG Chem, Ltd. +82 (2) 3773-6951, email@example.com, www.lgchem.com; Contact: ARPA-E, www.arpa-e.energy.gov
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The $2.8 million project is being jointly funded between Eaton and a grant from the DOE Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E). The goal is to reduce the size of the battery by 50 percent and improve the total performance of the system and its charge rate while maintaining fuel economy and overall vehicle performance.
The project will be led by Eaton's Innovation Center team in Southfield, Mich., who will work with a team from the NREL. Eaton sees opportunities to extend this technology into other areas where hybrid power management requires extended battery life, including community infrastructure, data centers, manufacturing and industrial.
This is the second ARPA-E grant that Eaton has received within the past month. The other project was a $3.4 million grant to develop affordable home refueling stations for natural gas vehicles. Eaton also has received DOE grants in the past 12 months for the development of technologies for compressed natural gas, research on waste heat recovery for commercial vehicles, and fuel cell expander research. (Source: Eaton Corp., Aug. 27, 20120 Contact: Eaton Corp., www.eaton.com
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"(Mitt Romney's) Republican VP pick Paul Ryan's fiscal year 2013 budget proposal would have removed tax incentives for wind and solar development, while retaining $40 billion in tax breaks to oil and gas companies over the next decade. Such an approach is consistent with Ryan's support from oil tycoons David and Charles Koch, as well as his denial of Global Warming.
"Ryan has voted to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from limiting greenhouse pollution, to eliminate White House climate advisers, to block the U.S. Department of Agriculture from preparing for climate disasters like the drought that devastated his home state, and to eliminate the Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E).
"As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan has produced a series of proposed budgets dubbed The Path to Prosperity that make sharp changes to U.S. taxation and spending policy. Core to Ryan's budgets are the reduction of income taxes for upper-income earners as well as corporate, investment and capital gains taxes, all of which would benefit the wealthiest Americans.
"In order to partially compensate for the budget shortfall this would create, Ryan proposes imposing a consumption tax, increasing tax rates for lower- and middle-income earners and removing some tax loopholes, as well as slashing a variety of federal programs and privatizing others.
"Within this larger strategy is a hostility to programs that would enable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as federal energy research and development (R&D), which Ryan states should be left to the private market.
"All in all, Ryan's proposed 2013 budget would cut U.S. federal energy programs by $3 billion in fiscal year 2013 alone, reducing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) budget to 20% of 2012 levels over the next five years. This would include cuts to R&D programs.
"Ryan's plan stands in sharp contrast to the budget proposal by incumbent President Barack Obama (D), which includes an extension of the Section 1603 Treasury Grant Program, as well as increased funding for a variety of clean energy programs, including the DOE's SunShot program and federal energy R&D programs. In Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), Mitt Romney has chosen a Vice-Presidential candidate who has proposed gutting federal renewable energy funding, maintaining oil and gas subsidies, and blocking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases." (Source: Center for American Progress, Aug. 14, 2012) Contact: Center for American Progress, www.americanprogress.org
Editor's Note: This publication neither rejects nor endorses the views of Congressman Ryan and/or the Center for American Progress.
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This new battery technology will dramatically lower costs for grid-scale power systems, and provide affordable energy storage options for small commercial and residential customers.
The flow battery model is an excellent fit for solar and wind power plants, because the battery capacity can be increased by adding additional electrolyte. ITN's innovation integrates a unique low-cost membrane with new flow battery electrolyte chemistry to significantly increase efficiency and affordability.
ITN was one of just 7 small businesses selected for this ARPA-E funding.
(Source: ITN Energy Systems, Aug. 6, 2012) Contact: Dr. Brian Berland, Manager, Thin Film Electronics, ITN Energy Systems, Inc (ITNES), (303) 285-5107, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.itnes.com; ARPA-E, Arun Majumdar, Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, (202) 287-1057, arpa-e.energy.gov
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Utah State University will receive $3 million to develop advanced battery management systems that will optimize the performance of each cell in a battery pack. The goal is reduce the cost of vehicle batteries by 25 percent.
Salt Lake City-based Materials & Systems Research, Inc. (MSRI) will receive $1.73 million to improve sodium battery membranes. The aim is to make the membranes stronger, safer, longer-lasting and less costly to produce.
(Source: Utah State Univ, PR, Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 6, 2012)
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Twelve research projects are receiving $30 million in funding under the AMPED program, which aims to develop advanced sensing and control technologies that could dramatically improve and provide new innovations in safety, performance, and lifetime for grid-scale and vehicle batteries. Unlike other DOE efforts to push the frontiers of battery chemistry, AMPED is focused on maximizing the potential of existing battery chemistries. These innovations will help reduce costs and improve the performance of next generation storage technologies.
ORNL is developing an innovative battery design to more effectively regulate destructive hot-spots that develop during use. This improvement in transporting heat away from active materials in the battery is expected to increase battery life life and reduce the system cost associated with thermal management.
ARPA-E was launched in 2009 to seek out transformational, breakthrough technologies that are too risky for private-sector investment but have the potential to translate science into quantum leaps in energy technology, form the foundation for entirely new industries, and have large commercial impacts. More information on the program is available at www.arpa-e.energy.gov. (Source: ARPA-E, Chattanoogan, Aug. 2, 2012) Contact: ORNL, www.ornl.gov
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Iron-air batteries have been around for decades -- they saw a surge in interest during the 1970s energy crisis, but suffered from a crippling problem: a competing chemical reaction of hydrogen generation that takes place inside the battery (known as hydrolysis) sucked away about 50 percent of the battery's energy, making it too inefficient to be useful.
Narayan's team managed to reduce the energy loss down to 4 percent by adding a very small amount of bismuth sulfide into the battery. Bismuth (which happens to be part of the active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol and helps give the pink remedy its name) shuts down the wasteful hydrogen generation.
Narayan's team included fellow USC researchers G. K. Surya Prakash, Aswin Manohar, Souradip Malkhandi, Bo Yang, Robert Aniszfeld, Chenguang Yang, Phong Trinh; and Andrew Kindler of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The team is working to make the battery store more energy with less material.
Funding for this research came from the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E), an arm of the U. S. DOE. (Source: USC, Aug. 1, 2012) Contact: USC, Robert Perkins, (213) 740-9226,
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In May 2010, Codexis received $4.7 million from the U.S. DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) to develop an active enzyme called carbonic anhydrase , which catalyzes the transfer of carbon dioxide in nature and is designed to remove dangerous emissions from coal-fired power plants.
With ARPA-E's funding, Codexis saw the largest improvement in an enzyme the company has ever seen: a 2-million-fold improvement in thermal stability at temperatures between 140 and 180 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, preliminary analysis indicates the enzyme-based carbon capture technology can substantially reduce parasitic energy loss compared to the current state-of-the-art MEA technology.
(Source: Codexis, Inc., PR, 9 July, 2012) Contact: James Lalonde, VP of Biochemistry and Engineering R&D, Codexis, (650) 421-8100, www.codexis.com
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OARDC's role in the project involves the engineering of these two crops at the genetic level so they can boost the production of farnesene, a natural plant oil that can be converted into a diesel-like fuel. Farnesene is one of many sesquiterpenes, compounds that are associated with essential oils and resins in plants.
The project's goal is to have guayule and sweet sorghum engineered to produce an estimated 20 percent of the plant's dry weight as farnesene, which is then extracted and hydrogenated to farnesane fuel.
Estimates indicate farnesane fuel could cost less than $50 per barrel of petroleum equivalent. (Source: Ohio State University, 17 June, 2012) Contact: ARPA-E, email@example.com, www.arpa-e.energy.gov; Chromatin, David Jessen, CEO, (312) 235-3610, www.chromatininc.com
Specifically, AMPED technologies have could
create a new generation of HEVs and EVs, increase the fuel efficiency of military generators, and improve military aircraft reliability, and increase naval ship fuel efficiency. (Source; DOE, April, 11, 2012)
Contact: ARPA-E, current funding opportunities, and previously announced awards, http://arpa-e.energy.gov
The AMPED FOA will incorporate information received in response to a prior Request for Information entitled Advanced Technologies for Robust Control of Energy Storage that was issued on 17 February 2012. While researchers are making rapid advances in new battery materials and storage technologies, few transformational innovations have emerged in management of energy storage systems, the agency noted in the original RFI. As a result, many battery systems are built and operated well below their theoretical energy and power capacities, incorporating excess storage capacity and significant balance of systems to meet operational requirements while minimizing the risk of premature or catastrophic failure. Further, energy storage systems may suffer from uncertain or inadequate lifetimes, and concerns over life and safety prohibit dual-use and secondary application, such as vehicle-to-grid dispatch. These drawbacks increase initial acquisition cost, life-cycle cost, and risk of deployment.
ARPA-E issued the announcement about the forthcoming FOA to facilitate the formation of new project teams. Specifically, ARPA-E intends to publish a list of potential teaming partners for the AMPED FOA on ARPA-E eXCHANGE, ARPA-E's online application portal, on or about 2 April. Organization wishing to be included in this list should send the following information to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov: Organization Name, Contact Name, Contact Address, Contact Email, Contact Phone, Organization Type, Focus Area, and Brief Description of Capabilities, with "AMPED Teaming Partner" in the subject line of the email. ARPA-E is particularly interested in receiving responses from organizations with expertise in the following Focus Areas battery manufacturing; electric vehicles; grid-scale energy storage; electric vehicle charging ; battery safety ;sensors ;controls and power electronics
Submitting a response to this Announcement constitutes consent to the publication of the above-referenced information. The Federal Government will not pay for the provision of any information, nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information. Responses submitted to other email addresses or by other means will not be reviewed or considered. (Source: GreencarCongress, March 26, 2012)
Contact: ARPA-E, www.arpa-e.energy.gov
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Enerize is seeking commercialization partners and is evaluating business opportunities for sale or license of its technology.
(Source: Enerize, February 28, 20120
Contact: Bo Varga, VP of Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enerize.com
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The testing of Envia's next-generation lithium-ion battery was performed by the Electrochemical Power Systems Department at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Crane, Ind., under the sponsorship of ARPA-E. Tests at various cycling rates at NSWC confirmed that Envia's automotive battery cell demonstrated energy density between 378-418 Wh/kg for rates between C/3 to C/10 for a 45 Amp-hour (C/3) cell. Similar cells have been cycling in Envia's test labs for over 300 cycles. NSWC Crane will also test these cells to validate cycling performance.(Source: Envia, February 27, 2012) Contact: Atul Kapadia, Chairman & CEO, Envia, (510) 509-1367, www.enviasystems.com
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Iowa State University in Ames and United Technologies Corp. of Hartford, Conn., were among six recipients of a combined $14.1 million for clean energy research. The unspent cash, about $3.7 million, will be returned to the U.S. Treasury. ARPA-E has cut projects that invested in technologies including carbon capture and nanofiber paper.
Iowa State spent about 56 percent of $4.4 million from the DOE to create biofuel feedstock from an aquatic micro-organism. The agency also ended projects to capture carbon from coal-fired power plants, including Nalco Holding Co. of Naperville, Ill., which has about $500,000 left, and United Technologies, for which $403,898 remains.
The DOE has said ARPA-E is a "swing-for-the-fences" effort to develop cutting-edge clean-energy technologies, and it anticipates some will fail.
In September, ARPA-E awarded $156 million for 60 energy research projects, primarily at universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Florida. Eleven companies with ARPA-E projects have attracted a combined $200 million from private investors, according to the Energy Department.
Obama proposed a 27 percent increase in ARPA-E funding, to $350 million, in his 2013 budget submitted to Congress on Monday. (Source: ARPA-E, February 15, 2012) Contact: ARPA-E, www.arpa-e.energy.gov
"Building on our success deploying our proprietary technology that can add multiple sets of genes to sorghum, we are able to produce sorghum varieties that meet the specific needs of renewable-energy producers," said Dave Jessen, Chromatin's Chief Technology Officer. "In collaboration with academic and industry experts, this award will accelerate Chromatin's optimization of sorghum as a feedstock for drop-in biofuels and energy-rich replacements for coal and petroleum."
Chromatin is developing non-food varieties of sorghum that have higher energy content, making it ideal for the production of low-cost and renewable transportation fuel, high value chemicals and a high-BTU source of biopower. Sorghum can produce tremendous biomass yields with less water and fewer chemical inputs than major food crops and on land that is not devoted to food production. (Source: Chromatin, Inc., January 4, 2012) Contact: Chromatin, David Jessen, CTO, (312) 235-3610, www.chromatininc.com
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Sheetak's hot and cold thermal storage in TREATS™ has volumetric energy density greater than that of electrical batteries. Charging and discharging of the TREATS™ thermal storage will be achieved via the solid state converters.
TREATS™ is Sheetak's second ARPA-E collaborative agreement. signed by Sheetak. (Source: Sheetak Inc., Dcember, 7, 2011) Contact: Sheetak Inc., (512) 851-0094, www.sheetak.com; Delphi, www.delphi.com
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The development of plants that produce oil in leaves and stems, as well as in seed, will increase total energy production per acre and significantly decrease the carbon footprint of resulting biofuels. These crops will offer a new source of sustainable transportation fuel. (Source: Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.,October, 19, 2011)
Contact: Jeff Bergau, Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., (312) 217-0419, email@example.com, www.arcadiabio.com
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IPC's initial product, a 30kW PV inverter, weighs only 94 lbs compared to 1200 lbs from conventional solutions, delivering over a 90 percent reduction in weight and size. This allows simple shipment and wall-mount installation savings of about 90 percent in inverter shipping and installation costs. The IPC inverter is also more efficient at 97 percent CEC-weighted efficiency and is more reliable due to eliminating all electrolytic capacitors and other design improvements. (Source: IPC, October, 11, 2011)
Contact: Bill Alexander, CEO, Ideal Power Converters, (512) 264-1542, www.idealpowerconverters.com
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The research team led by Jan Jaworski includes two other investigators at the Danforth Center; Sam Wang, member, and Douglas Allen, assistant member and research computational biologist with the USDA. Four scientists from Michigan State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Montana State University, and the New Mexico Consortium are also team members. The Danforth Center has recently added five new scientists, including Thomas Brutnell, the new director at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuel, which is expanding its research focus to include other crop like camelina and grasses that can be used as sources of next-generation biofuels.
The $5.5 million DOE grant was one of 60 grants totaling $156 million awarded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), an agency within the DOE, for cutting-edge energy technology projects aimed at dramatically improving how the U.S. produces biofuels. (Source: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, October, 11, 2011)
Contact:Jan Jaworski, Danforth Plant Science Center, (314) 587-1000, www.danforthcenter.org
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NAVITASMAX is part of the Chandler Innovations Science & Technology Incubator. The Incubator was developed by the city of Chandler and provides start-up companies space to work and grow. (Source: NAVITASMAX, October, 10, 2011)
Contact: Kelly Herbst, President, NAVITASMAX,(520) 280-9309
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As a leading commercial supplier of genetically improved Loblolly Pine seedlings, ArborGen will lend its expertise to the research team by developing and implementing novel and complementary approaches to increase the production of terpene in Loblolly Pine.
The University of Florida "Plant Engineered To Replace Oil" (PETRO) project will increase the production of terpene, a natural liquid biofuel isolated from Pine trees. The Pine tree developed for this project is designed both to increase the terpene storage capacity of the wood and to increase terpene production from three percent to 20 percent. The fuel produced from these trees would become a sustainable domestic biofuel source able to produce 100 million gallons of fuel per year from less than 25,000 acres of forestland. (Source: ArborGen, October, 4, 2011)Contact: Cathy Owens, ArborGen LLC, (843) 851-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arborgen.com
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The research program is based on development of customized carbonic anhydrase (CA) enzymes that could catalyze carbon capture under industrial conditions. Data showed CA performance has been improved by about two million fold over natural forms of the enzyme. Evolved CA enzymes are functional and stable in relatively inexpensive, energy efficient solvents for 24 hours at temperatures greater than 90 degrees C.
Use of carbon capture solvents with fully developed enzymes is expected to substantially reduce the costs and energy requirements to capture CO2 produced by coal-fired power plants. The data was presented by James Lalonde, Ph.D., Codexis' V.P. of Biochemistry and Engineering R&D. Codexis is jointly developing the technology with CO2 Solution, Inc., Quebec, Canada. (TSX-V:CST)(Source; Codexis, August, 23, 2011) Contact: James Lalonde, Vice President , Biochemistry and Engineering R&D, Codexis, (650) 421-8100, www.codexis.com; Glenn Kelly, President & CEO , CO2 Solution Inc, (418) 842-3456, www.co2solution.com
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Patents for all liquid metal battery inventions were licensed from MIT. The technologies were invented by Donald Sadoway, John Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry at MIT, and David Bradwell, whose doctoral research in the Sadoway laboratory was on liquid metal batteries. Sadoway and Bradwell, along with Dr. Luis Ortiz are founders of LMBC.
Affordable grid-level energy storage is the linchpin for massive deployment of renewable energy on the electric power grid. The approach being pursued by LMBC mixes the economies of scale in electrometallurgy with use of earth-abundant elements to achieve affordable electrical energy storage.
The liquid metal battery received early sponsorship by the Desphpande Center, the Chesonis Family Foundation and DARPA. In the spring of 2009, Technology Review awarded liquid metal battery a position in the TR10 as one of the top 10 emerging technologies. Later in 2009, ARPA-e chose the technology as a recipient of a grant in its first round of awards, this project alone totaling nearly $9,000,000 in funding (since its invention, the liquid metal battery has garnered approximately $12,000,000 of campus based research funds.
LMBC's commercialization efforts will build upon the efforts and accomplishments of the dedicated team of researchers working on the Total and ARPA-e funded project at MIT. LMBC is recruiting a commercialization team to bring the liquid metal battery to its most efficient operational scale. The end product will be a cost-effective solution for bulk energy storage able to smooth out the intermittent flow of power from renewable sources like wind turbines and solar cells.(Source: LMBC, July, 7, 2011)
Contact: Luis Ortiz, LMBC, President ; Philippe Boisseau, President Total Gas & Power
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ARPA-E, Duke Energy, and EPRI will identify opportunities to expand smart grid developments, grid-scale energy storage, power electronics, and energy efficient cooling technologies, among others. This new umbrella deal, which allows similar partnerships with other utilities, comes two months after ARPA-E announced six of its projects have secured more than $100 million in outside private capital investment.
Under the terms of the agreement, ARPA-E will facilitate the exchange of information between ARPA-E-supported projects, EPRI, and Duke Energy, which delivers energy to approximately 4 million U.S. customers in five states. Duke Energy could deploy and test ARPA-E technologies at various power plants or wind farms. The technologies may also be studied at the company's McAlpine substation, a test bed for renewable, grid storage and smart grid technologies, or at the company's Envision Center, a smart grid demonstration and testing facility in Erlanger, Ky.
EPRI will offer test-bed facilities at two of its research laboratories: a transmission and distribution research facility in Charlotte, N.C. and at its Knoxville, Tenn. laboratory, where testing is conducted on consumer electronics, lightings, smart grid components, heating and cooling systems, and electric vehicle infrastructure requirements. (Source: EPRI, April, 18, 2011) Contact: EPRI, Clay Perry, (202) 293-6184, email@example.com, www.epri.com
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Together, these investments will help reduce the cost for utility-scale solar energy installations, increase American economic competitiveness, and help the U.S. lead the world in the global market for solar photovoltaics.
The four funding opportunities announced today build on the DOE's strong portfolio of solar energy R&D development efforts. Activities under these funding areas will help improve the performance of current and next generation PV cells, develop advanced power electronics that optimize the performance of PV installations, and reduce the costs of PV balance-of-system hardware. These include:
SunShot is a DOE-wide initiative that leverages investments from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), and the Office of Science.
To achieve the SunShot goal of reducing the total installed cost of large-scale solar electricity by about 75 percent, DOE will be working closely with partners in government, industry, research laboratories and academic institutions across the country.(Source: GovMonitor, April, 8, 2011)