The ARPA-E Newsletter: June 12, 2013
Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
California Energy Commission logo

CA Energy Commission Collaboration

ARPA-E and the California Energy Commission have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on energy research projects. This collaboration may include coordinated solicitation funding and technical information sharing through meetings, workshops, and webcasts.

The MOU also establishes a framework that may lead to ARPA-E award recipients deploying and testing technologies at the sites and facilities of the Energy Commission and/or Energy Commission stakeholders. The Energy Commission could also provide additional support to ARPA-E projects that impact the state of California and have a high probability of market deployment.
 
This is ARPA-E's first MOU with a state agency. It focuses on maximizing the effectiveness of government research and development funding that will reduce energy costs, enhance electricity reliability, and minimize environmental impacts related to the production, delivery, and use of energy. 

Read the full text of the MOU
 

ARPA-E in the News

 
ARPA-E's "awesome energy innovations" could be "the biggest bang for the buck in Washington" -- MarketWatch columnist Rex Nutting. 

“We want people coming out of the end of our pipeline with more momentum than they would’ve had without us being there" -- ARPA-E Deputy Director Cheryl Martin in the The Boston Globe.

$25 Million for WBG Power Semiconductor Devices

ARPA-E Funding Opportunity
ARPA-E has issued two new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for high-current wide bandgap (WBG) power semiconductor devices called "Strategies for Wide Bandgap, Inexpensive Transistors for Controlling High Efficiency Systems (SWITCHES)." Both FOAs seek to fund innovative WBG semiconductor materials, device architectures, and device fabrication processes that promise to enable increased energy density, increased switching frequencies, enhanced temperature control, and reduce power losses in a range of power electronics applications, including high-power electric motor drives and automotive traction drive inverters. 
 
ARPA-E is allocating up to $25 million for both SWITCHES FOAs, with $15 million in funding being made available to small businesses under ARPA-E's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program and $10 million being made available to all applicants. The deadline to submit a Notice of Intent for a SWITCHES FOA is 5 p.m. ET on July 8, 2013. Full applications are due by 5 p.m. ET on July 19, 2013. Additional information on SWITCHES FOAs can be found on ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
 
ARPA-E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams for SWITCHES. ARPA-E intends to publish a list of potential teaming partners for the SWITCHES FOAs on ARPA-E eXCHANGE. Any organization that would like to be included in this list should visit https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Applicantprofile.aspx and complete all required fields. 

Request for Information on Enhanced Thermal Management Solutions

Request for Information graphic
ARPA-E is seeking input from researchers and technologists from a broad range of fields and disciplines to address advanced clothing and textiles with enhanced thermal management capabilities. These technical solutions have the potential to enable a wider temperature set point range for buildings—reducing the energy consumed to heat or cool them, while maintaining or improving personal thermal comfort for building occupants. The information you provide may be used by ARPA-E in support of program planning.
 
*This is only a request for information. This notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOAs related to this request exist at this time. For additional information on this request for information, please visit ARPA-E eXCHANGE

Working with DOD

ARPA-E University graphic
The next edition of ARPA-E University on June 19th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET will feature Electricore Executive Director Deborah Jelen discussing Electricore's experience creating teams of private and public sector organizations that have successfully partnered with DOD. Registration is free, but required.
Register button