Energy storage isn’t just for AA batteries any more. Thanks to investments from the Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), energy storage may soon play a bigger part in our electricity grid, and help enable the increased generation of renewable electricity.
As the largest domestically-produced source of energy here in the U.S., coal is used to generate about half of our nation’s electricity. So how can we make traditional energy sources like coal cleaner and safer for all Americans?
Biofuels produced here in the U.S. increase our energy security, but there is still a need for next-generation renewable fuels that can be integrated into the nation's current fuel refining and distribution infrastructure. If successful, electrofuels projects sponsored by ARPA-E could help fill this void.
Words like “biofuels” and “power electronics” usually conjure up images of labs and power lines, not biology class. But what better place is there to start innovation than in the classroom? The Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) fosters this philosophy during the annual Energy Innovation Summit.
In the rapidly changing world of science and technology, it appears that age really is just a number -- and today’s innovators are getting younger and younger. Technology Review, a magazine published by MIT, annually recognizes the world’s top innovators under the age of 35 -- and not surprisingly, this year's winners include two ARPA-E performers.
While Energy Department researchers work to help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and produce energy in safer, more efficient ways, we know we can’t do it alone. In order to effectively transition to cleaner, safer forms of fuel, we need help from the private sector -- which is where ARPA-E (and companies like Agrivida) come into the picture.
ARPA-E recently announced 60 cutting-edge research projects across five programs, and aim to dramatically improve how the U.S. uses and produces energy. Read more about these new programs and how each takes a unique approach to “out-of-the-box” transformational energy research.