Saturday, December 15, 2012

ARPA-E Awards $130 million for 66 power engineering projects

Saturday, December 15, 2012
The Energy Department on 28 November announced 66 research projects by the advanced research projects Agency (ARPA-E) energy total $130 million received in funding through its program, selected "OPEN 2012". ARPA-E seeks transformational technologies that show promise fundamental technical but are not ready for private-sector investment. The selected projects include 11 technology areas in 24 States.

The OPEN 2012 projects focus on a wide range of technologies, including advanced fuels, vehicle design and materials, building efficiency, grid modernization, energy storage, and renewable energy.

For example, is the electron energy develop for the growing market of electric vehicle motors and generators for wind turbines, Corporation in Landisville, Pennsylvania, a technology for the production of permanent magnets, the less cost and are stronger than they are today. For another project of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota, develop an air-cooled unit for power plants, which offers low environmental impact and helps maintain water and energy efficiency in power generation.

The projects were selected by a process on the basis of merit by thousands of concept paper and hundreds of applications. They are based in 24 States with approximately 47 per cent of the projects conducted by universities, 29% of small businesses, 15% of large enterprises and 7.5% from national labs and 1.5% from non-profit organizations. The announcement brings ARPA-E projects total approximately 285, for a total amount of around 770 million $ awards. See Energy Department press release.

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