How The DARPA Of The Energy World Wants To Change The Electricity Grid | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

image_preview The below article, by Jessica Leber for Co.Exist, makes for an interesting read about a government project I hadn't heard of before: the Department of Energy's ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy).

Here's a bit of background on ARPA-E, directly from their factsheet:

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) catalyzes transformational energy technologies that could create a more secure and affordable American future. We advance high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. ARPA-E awardees are unique because they are developing entirely new ways to generate, store, and use energy.

ARPA-E projects have the potential to radically improve U.S. economic prosperity, national security, and environmental well-being. We focus on transformational energy technology projects that can be meaningfully advanced with a small investment over a defined period of time. Our streamlined awards process enables us to act quickly and advance cutting-edge areas of energy research.

ARPA-E empowers America’s energy researchers with funding, technical assistance, and market readiness. Our rigorous program design, competitive project selection process, and active program management ensure thoughtful expenditures. ARPA-E Program Directors serve for limited terms to ensure a constant infusion of fresh thinking and new perspectives.

Given their focus on technological innovation and next-generation breakthroughs, this high-concept research division has drawn parallels to the Department of Defense's DARPA initiative, and you can check out their current list of more than 300 projects here.

Also worth a listen: Acting Director Cheryl Martin on NPR's Science Friday.

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How The DARPA Of The Energy World Wants To Change The Electricity Grid | Co.Exist | ideas + impact.

Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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