ARPA-E Announces 10 New Projects
ARPA-E Welcomes New Staff
ARPA-E today announced $32 million in funding for 10 innovative projects as part of its newest program: Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR). With a goal of reducing individual vehicle energy usage by 20 percent, NEXTCAR projects will take advantage of the increasingly complex and connected systems in today’s—and tomorrow’s—cars and trucks to drastically improve their energy efficiency.
Connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology utilizes on-board or cloud-based sensors, data and computational capabilities to help a vehicle better process and react to its surrounding environment. This knowledge could include the location of stop signs and intersections, the actions of nearby vehicles, the location of congested areas, and much more. Currently, CAV technologies predominantly improve upon vehicle safety and add driving convenience. NEXTCAR projects will leverage these rapidly evolving technologies to greatly reduce vehicle energy use.
“Today cars and trucks are increasingly being outfitted with new technology that provides information about the vehicle’s environment, mostly to make them safer and to help drivers with basic tasks,” said ARPA-E Director Dr. Ellen D. Williams. “As our vehicles become creators and consumers of more and more data, we have a transformative opportunity to put that new information to the additional use of saving energy in our road transportation system.”
Further details on the NEXTCAR program can be found HERE. Details on all 10 of the NEXTCAR projects may be found HERE, and the full press release can be found HERE.
Dr. Yanzhi (Ann) Xu currently serves as the Senior Technical Advisor for Impact and Assessment at ARPA-E, where she implements strategic evaluations of ARPA-E projects and programs on their technological and economic impacts. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Xu was a Research Engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology: School of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
Xu holds her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minor in Statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Peking University in Beijing, China.
Charles Conway currently serves as a Legal Analyst at ARPA-E. As Legal Analyst, Conway works with the Office of Chief Counsel to provide legal advice and counsel on a wide variety of legal and policy matters relevant to ARPA-E’s mission.
Prior to joining ARPA-E, Conway worked as a paralegal at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC in Washington, D.C. while simultaneously attending law school. He previously worked as an intern in at the United States Steel Corporation in the General Counsel’s Office and at Wiley Rein LLP.
Conway graduated cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, where he served as the Publications Editor for the Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law. He holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown University.
ARPA-E Releases RFI on Grid Optimization Competition Design
ARPA-E has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on the design of a competition (carried out in multiple phases) to accelerate the development and comprehensive evaluation of new solution methods for grid optimization. Specifically, ARPA-E seeks to provide a platform for the identification of transformational and disruptive methods for solving power system optimization problems including Security Constrained Optimal Power Flow (OPF) and Security Constrained Unit Commitment (UC).
With this RFI, ARPA-E is soliciting opinions regarding various details of the competition design—including the baseline problem specifications, competition rules, eligibility for participation, scoring metrics, criteria for winning, prize structure and online competition computational platform design details. ARPA-E is anticipating total prize money in this competition of $3,500,000, subject to the availability of appropriated funds.
For more information and to view the full RFI on ARPA-E Exchange, click HERE
. Information should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 22, 2016
. This is a request for information only. This notice does not constitute a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) or initiation of a competition. No FOA or competition exists at this time.
Congratulations to two ARPA-E awardees - AutoGrid and 24M - who were recognized
earlier this year as 2016 New Energy Pioneers by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
The 2017 New Energy Pioneers nominations are now open through November 10, 2016. Learn more here
Additional information is available on ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.