Inaugural AMPED Newsletter: February 22, 2013
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This is the inaugural AMPED program Newsletter. ARPA-E's AMPED (Advanced Management & Protection for Energy Storage Devices) program aims to maximize performance, safety, and lifetime of existing and future battery chemistries through system-level innovations, distinct from the many existing funding efforts aimed at underlying battery materials. Our hope is that the AMPED program’s initial focus on advances in sensing, modeling, diagnostics, and controls will spark a wave of innovation in battery systems, redefining what’s possible and setting the stage for a new set of commercially viable battery management solutions.

The goal of this newsletter is to provide updates, news, and resources related to the AMPED program and engage a broad community in support of next-generation Battery Management System (BMS) technology development. If you would like to forward this newsletter to other colleagues, please do so and direct them to our AMPED newsletter sign-up page.

Thanks for being part of the AMPED community. 

Ilan Gur, Ph.D.  
AMPED Program Director

AMPED Updates

ARPA-E Awards over $30M to 14 AMPED Project Teams
AMPED awards were announced in August 2012 and included project teams from across the country. Further details are included in the ARPA-E press release
AMPED Program Page on New ARPA-E Website 
All updates and news for the AMPED program are available on the AMPED program page, which includes descriptions of all AMPED projects. 
AMPED Program Kicks Off with a Two-Day Meeting 
ARPA-E kicked off the AMPED program with a two-day meeting in San Francisco, assembling the AMPED project teams as well as key stakeholders in advanced battery management from academia, industry, and government. The agenda consisted of tutorials and presentations focused on Battery Management Systems, including contributions and updates on efforts within the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program, DOE’s newly announced Battery HUB, and DOD’s Hybrid Energy Storage Modules program. Soft copies of the public releasable presentations can be found on the kick-off summary webpage.

News and Resources

Related Programs and Funding Opportunities

ARPA-E has released a funding announcement and teaming partners list for a new program entitled Robust Affordable Next Generation EV Storage (RANGE). RANGE aims to fund the development of low-cost, rechargeable energy storage chemistries and architectures with robust designs for electric vehicle applications. Of particular interest are multifunctional energy storage systems which may carry mechanical load and/or absorb impulse energy during a vehicle crash.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has recently released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) with regard to the ASD(R&E)/ASD(OEPP) Hybrid Energy Storage Module (HESM) Program. The HESM program focuses on the development of energy storage systems that will maximize performance & fuel efficiency for DoD legacy systems and enable future high-power applications such as shipboard megawatt-scale grid operations and more electric aircraft. Slides from the HESM industry day have been made available through the Federal Business Opportunities website

EV Everywhere, the latest in a series of DOE Clean Energy Grand Challenges, has released its Blue Print document, which describes the research, development, and deployment needed to meet the overall EV Everywhere goal as well as other aggressive, technology-specific, "stretch goals" established in consultation with stakeholders across the industry. 

Conferences and Meetings

JANUARY 18: Dr. Amul Tevar gave an invited talk at the NAATBatt annual meeting in Austin, TX to inform the industrial communities about the AMPED program and to encourage external engagement of interested parties. Also presenting BMS developments to the NAATBatt community were several AMPED awardees. 

FEBRUARY 10: Dr. Josef Miler recently presented at the Advanced Automotive Batteries Conference in Pasadena, California. He presented the motivation and vision for the AMPED program, and a brief summary of all 14 projects. The audience included BMS experts from major OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.  

FEBRUARY 25: Come and meet all the AMPED projects at the 4th annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Technology Showcase, which will be held February 25-27, 2013 in National Harbor, MD. The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is the premier event dedicated to transformative energy solutions. This unique event brings together thought leaders from academia, business, and government to discuss cutting-edge energy issues and facilitate relationships to help move technologies into the marketplace. 
Upcoming; AMPED-Relevant Conferences: 

Literature and Highlights

A list of key references for the BMS community was compiled based on the input of all kick-off meeting attendees. As new findings continue to emerge from this community, please send references for highly impactful, relevant articles to AMPED Technical SETA Russel Ross for inclusion in future newsletters.

In The News

For more information on the AMPED Program, project teams, and opportunities for collaboration, please contact Program Director Dr. Ilan Gur and/or Technical SETA Dr. Russel Ross.