The ARPA-E Newsletter: June 27, 2013
Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)

July ARPA-E University with Senior Energy Analyst Rob Barnett

Deploying new technologies in the energy industry requires an understanding of technical, market, and policy risks, as well as opportunities. The next ARPA-E University will explore current policy trends and their impact on the energy industry. It will feature Bloomberg Government Senior Energy Analyst Rob Barnett, who was formerly an associate director of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, where he led the firm’s environmental and energy analysis. Barnett holds a master’s degree in economics from Boston University and undergraduate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Clemson University.
Join us on July 16, 2013 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET for a discussion of how booming domestic energy production, renewable fuels standards, and other factors are shaping energy investments in the United States. Registration is free, but required.
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Missed the last ARPA-E University? You can find all of our past ARPA-E University webinars on the ARPA-E website


CUNY Energy Spins Off New Company

ARPA-E Deputy Director Dr. Cheryl Martin is visiting Urban Electric Power (UEP), a spinoff company of ARPA-E awardee CUNY Energy Institute, today for a demonstration of UEP’s next-generation, $100/kWh manganese dioxide cathode battery. The demonstration will take place at UEP’s new pilot manufacturing facility and headquarters as part of New York Energy Week
ARPA-E has been a strong supporter of spinning out UEP from CUNY Energy Institute. Eric McFarland, CEO of Urban Electric Power (UEP), is featured on the blog discussing the company’s partnership with ARPA-E, the challenges of leading a start-up company, and UEP’s participation in New York Energy Week. 

Primus Power Partners with BPA

ARPA-E awardee Primus Power is partnering with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to deliver and support two 250kW energy storage systems as part of a research and demonstration project under BPA’s Technology Innovation Program.

Primus Power was also recently awarded a contract by Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business to provide an energy storage system for a microgrid demonstration project at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Miramar, CA. The project is funded by the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), DoD's technology validation and demonstration program.

ARPA-E Funding Opportunity

A list of scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors interested in forming new project teams for ARPA-E’s SWITCHES Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is now available on ARPA-E's online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE. If you would like to be included on this list, please visit and complete all of the required fields. 

SWITCHES stands for “Strategies for Wide Bandgap, Inexpensive Transistors for Controlling High Efficiency Systems.” It seeks to fund innovative wide bandgap (WBG) power semiconductor materials, device architectures, and device fabrication processes that promise to enable increased energy density, increased switching frequencies, enhanced temperature control, and reduced power losses in a range of power electronics applications, including high-power electric motor drives and automotive traction drive inverters. 
As a reminder, the deadline to submit a Notice of Intent to apply for the SWITCHES FOAs is 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, July 8, 2013. Additional information on SWITCHES can be found on ARPA-E eXCHANGE

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ARPA-E also encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams for an upcoming FOA called “Full-Spectrum Optimized Collection and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS).” Expertise in the following technical areas may be useful in responding to the FOCUS FOA: concentrating solar power system design and manufacturing; concentrating photovoltaic system design and manufacturing; solar-to-electricity devices with high efficiency in the temperature range from 100 – 600°C; growth of III-V photovoltaic cells on reusable templates; concentration of sunlight; high-efficiency spectrum splitting of concentrated sunlight; inexpensive photonics and plasmonics; solar energy absorption materials and architectures; bonding of electronic devices for effective heat transfer; combined heat and power applications; electrolysis; electrochemical energy storage; thermal energy storage; mechanical energy storage; high-temperature materials and thermal fluids up to 600°C; and systems integration. 

Any organization that would like to be included on this list should visit and complete all of the required fields.

The FOCUS FOA will be available on the ARPA-E online application portal in early July 2013. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.