The ARPA-E Newsletter: August 22, 2016 
Upcoming ARPA-E Workshops 

Workshop: Novel Power Electronic Systems Enabled by Wide Band-Gap Semiconductors
Date: September 13, 2016
Location: Washington, D.C. 
This workshop will convene leading experts in power electronics, power systems, circuit design, wide bandgap materials, semiconductor devices, packaging and module design, and end use applications to identify innovative research paths forward for the development of disruptive advanced circuit topologies that lead to higher efficiency, more reliable, reduced size and weight, and lower cost devices and/or system architectures. For more information, please visit the workshop page on the ARPA-E website.  
Workshop: Unified - Highly Utilized Grid
Date: September 29-30, 2016
Location: Washington, D.C. 
This workshop will convene leading experts in power systems, data analytics, and control systems to identify paths forward for the development of disruptive technologies for real time adaptation to power events enabling increased integration of distributed generation and storage into a Unified Power Grid. For more information, please visit the workshop page on the ARPA-E website.  

Workshop: Rewiring Anaerobic Digestion
Date: October 27-28 2016
Location: Washington, D.C. 
This workshop will convene leading experts in the fields of anaerobic digestion, microbiome science, microbial consortia engineering, electrocatalysis, and chemical engineering to identify feasible research pathways forward for the development of disruptive technologies that can enable enhanced hydrolysis, prevention of methanogenesis, volatile fatty acid (VFA) separations, and downstream upgrading to hydrocarbons. For more information, please visit the workshop page on the ARPA-E website.  
 
FOCUSing on Innovative Solar Technologies


Many of ARPA-E’s technology programs seek to break down silos and build new technological communities around a specific energy challenge. The Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) program is bringing together the photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) communities to develop hybrid and cost-competitive solar energy systems. ARPA-E’s FOCUS program has enabled experts from both disciplines to develop a hybrid option that could capture maximum energy out of the full solar spectrum, generating both electricity and usable heat within the same system.

Learn more on the ARPA-E blog

ARPA-E is Hiring!
ARPA-E is looking for the next generation of scientific leaders to help solve the most pressing and exciting challenges in energy. ARPA-E Fellows assist the agency in identifying possible breakthrough energy technologies through technical and economic analyses.

Interested applicants can view the requirements and application instructions for the position in the Job Opportunities tab of the ARPA-E website.The deadline to apply for a Fellows position is Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Want to know more about the role of a Fellow? Read this ARPA-E blog on "A Day in the Life of an ARPA-E Fellow" and get the inside scoop.
The Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) for ARPA-E is seeking a highly motivated Legal Analyst - Programs. OCC provides legal advice and counsel on a wide variety of legal and policy matters relevant to the ARPA-E mission. OCC coordinates closely with the DoE Office of General Counsel on relevant areas of specialized legal expertise, including ethics, intellectual property, appropriations, and human capital.
 
Interested applicants can view the requirements and application instructions for the position in the Job Opportunities tab of the ARPA-E website.

ARPA-E Welcomes New Staff 

Dr. Joseph Manser currently serves as a Fellow at ARPA-E. His interests include innovations in energy storage, solar heat and light energy conversion, and transportation.

Manser received his Ph.D. as a Dean’s Fellow in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Notre Dame under the direction of Prof. Prashant V. Kamat. During his Ph.D., he studied hybrid metal halide perovskites with a focus on their fundamental optoelectronic properties, structure-property relationships, and implementation in photovoltaic and solar fuels applications.  


Corey S. Williams-Allen currently serves as a Senior Advisor at ARPA-E. In this role, he is responsible for managing the Director’s external engagement, strategic operations, public policy outreach, and special projects.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Williams-Allen served as the Principal Deputy Director in the Office of Secretarial Boards and Councils, managing all aspects of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. He joined the Department of Energy in September 2013 as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Energy—and prior to the Department, Williams-Allen worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the Assistant Director for Energy and Environmental Initiatives in the Office of Philanthropic Partnerships.


Donna C. Williams currently serves as a Contracting Officer at ARPA-E. As a Contracting Officer, Williams is responsible for the award and administration of financial assistance contracts in accordance with federal laws and regulations. Prior to ARPA-E, Williams served as a Contracting Officer/Team Leader within the U. S. Department of Energy’s Office of Headquarters Procurement Services. 

ARPA-E Issues RFIs 

Novel Power Electronic Systems Enabled by Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors Request for Information (RFI)
 
ARPA-E has issued an RFI seeking input from the power electronics, electrical engineering, and circuit design communities regarding the development of next-generation advanced circuit topologies for use in power electronics systems that facilitate higher efficiency, more reliable, reduced size and weight, and lower cost devices and/or system architectures.

ARPA-E is seeking input from the broad research and development community with regard to developing advanced circuit topologies and systems; in particular, circuits that incorporate advanced wide-bandgap materials that are inherently more efficient, such as SiC or GaN. In addition, we would like to understand all barriers to adoption, whether technical or market-based and any ideas on which might be solved through innovative circuit design. Such insights that leverage the application and adoption of these advanced circuit topologies to well-defined end-use applications are strongly encouraged.

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 Monday, August 29, 2016. This is a request for information only. No Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) exists at this time. 

Lower Grade Waste Heat Recovery Request for Information (RFI)

ARPA-E  has issued an RFI seeking input from the waste heat recovery, materials development, and novel solid-state materials technology communities (emerging compositions, materials synthesis/processing, combinatorial screening/optimization, robust module designs, etc.) regarding the development of next-generation waste heat recovery systems.

This request includes input from the researchers, developers, and end-users of waste heat recovery technologies, such as power plants, factories, utilities, manufacturers, data centers, and the like.  

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 Friday, September 30, 2016.  This is a request for information only. No Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) exists at this time.