The ARPA-E Newsletter: July 30, 2015
ARPA-E’s David Henshall Named
Deputy Director of Commercialization
ARPA-E recently named David Henshall as the new Deputy Director for Commercialization. Henshall is responsible for oversight of all Technology-to-Market issues related to ARPA-E programs. He previously served as an ARPA-E Technology-to-Market Advisor responsible for helping projects in ARPA-E’s SWITCHES program transition from lab to market.
Henshall is a successful entrepreneur with 20 years of experience building high-performing teams and increasing sales and profitability for multiple wide-bandgap semiconductor companies.

Upcoming ARPA-E Workshop
Workshop: Bridging Renewable Electricity with Transportation Fuels
Date: August 27-28. 2015
Location: Denver, CO
ARPA-E is interested in new, low-cost technologies that can convert renewable electricity, such as solar and wind power, into transportable liquid fuels. This workshop will convene leading experts in electrochemistry, catalysis (hydrogenation and dehydrogenation), fuel cells and electrolyzers, organic synthesis and fuels to identify innovative research paths forward for the development of these transformational technologies.  For more information, please visit the ARPA-E website. 

 ARPA-E Announces Five New Projects to Reduce Energy Use for Transportation
The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $14.5 million in funding for five innovative projects as part of ARPA-E’s newest program, the Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET). TRANSNET project teams will design new software systems that provide travelers information about energy-efficient transportation options to reach their destinations. If widely adopted, TRANSNET projects could facilitate significant reductions in energy use within existing infrastructure and transportation technologies.

Many travelers’ and commuters’ transportation choices waste significant amounts of energy due to traffic complications, convenience and variability in transportation styles and preferences. Even when presented with travel options that consume less energy, travelers and commuters may be less likely to use these energy-efficient options if they affect the duration, cost or convenience of a trip. 

TRANSNET systems will identify less energy-intense travel options for users using software accessible on smartphones or other communications devices and provide the most efficient transportation choices for travelers and commuters. To develop the software, project teams will use currently available data to simulate the transportation network of a U.S. urban region and quantify how much energy is used in various transportation patterns. The teams will also design control architectures to quantify energy reductions, identify user preferences and provide information needed to encourage a traveler to adopt efficient choices. If successful, TRANSNET projects will provide travelers information and signals to pursue more efficient travel, leading to less traffic, lower fuel consumption and emissions and more productive transportation networks.

Additional information on ARPA-E’s TRANSNET program may be found HERE. Details on the five TRANSNET projects may be found HERE.

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ARPA-E is accepting applications for Program Directors and Technology to Market Advisors. View application requirements and instructions in the Job Opportunities section of the ARPA-E website