The ARPA-E Newsletter: December 16, 2016
ARPA-E Announces 
Funding Opportunity 

       

ARPA-E has announced up to $9.5 million in funding for a new program that seeks to develop advanced information technologies that could dramatically reduce the need for in-person communication and thus reduce transportation energy consumption.

The Facsimile Appearance to Create Energy Savings (FACES) program seeks to develop communication systems that enable real-time capture and digitization of a user to create a three-dimensional digital representation that can be displayed in a highly realistic and natural way. 

Developing these technologies could allow users to leverage information networks for their communication-based travel needs instead of physically traveling, potentially reducing U.S. annual energy consumption by a significant margin. To achieve this, FACES technologies must provide an experience that meets or exceeds the current benefits of in-person interactions. ARPA-E believes that technical advances in computer technology, sensors, displays, computer graphics, and information networks will allow this high-quality communication across any distance.

ARPA-E is encouraging outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form project teams for the FACES program. ARPA-E believes that interdisciplinary and cross-organizational collaborations can facilitate scientific and technological discoveries that a single group alone would not be able to achieve.  

The deadline to submit a Concept Paper for FACES is 5 p.m. ET on January 16, 2017. Additional information, including the full FOA and how to find project teaming partners, is available on ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE

A Look Ahead to the 2017 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

 
 

During the last week of February 2017, more than 2,000 energy innovators, investors, and policymakers will gather just outside Washington, D.C. to discuss cutting-edge energy technologies and commercialization strategies at the eighth annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Every year, the Summit brings together prominent energy entrepreneurs and thought leaders from business, academia, and government to present their vision for the future of energy innovation on the mainstage. Learn more about the 2017 Summit speakers in this blog.
Behind the Scenes with Nate Gorence, ARPA-E Tech-to-Market Advisor


 
       
Preparing early stage technologies to make the leap from lab to market is a key element of ARPA-E's mission. Every project team must complement their technical work with rigorous go-to-market activities to assess and advance the commercial viability of their technology. ARPA-E’s Tech-to-Market (T2M) team assists in developing the knowledge, strategy, skills, and team that performers need to expedite private-sector deployment of their technologies.

ARPA-E Tech-to-Market Advisors are commercialization experts that have a critical blend of technical, business, and entrepreneurial experience that they draw upon to prepare project teams and technologies that are too early for private sector development for commercial success.

Hear from Tech-to-Market Advisor Nate Gorence in this blog about what being on the ARPA-E T2M team is like.

Upcoming ARPA-E Workshops 

Workshop: Fuel Cell and Heat Engine Hybrid CHP Systems 
Date: January 26-27, 2017
Location: Washington, D.C.
This workshop will convene leading experts in fuel cells, heat engines, materials, and advanced manufacturing technologies to identify related technological solutions that would help to enable the introduction of highly efficient (>70%) yet cost-effective (<$1800/kWe installed) commercial-scale combined heat and power systems. For more information, please visit the workshop page on the ARPA-E website.  
 
Workshop: Enhancing Capital Flow into Early Stage Energy Technologies
Date: January 31-February 1, 2017
Location: Denver, CO
This workshop will convene leading experts and thought leaders from the financial, clean energy market, multilaterals, family offices, technical and policy sectors to identify innovative cross-disciplinary mechanisms, gaps in policy or regulation, and business model innovations that can enhance the successful pathway to commercialization of early-stage clean energy technologies. For more information, please visit the workshop page on the ARPA-E website.  
ARPA-E Announces $70 Million in Funding for New Programs to Power Transportation and Store Carbon in Soil



ARPA-E has announced up to $70 million in funding for its two newest programs: Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) and Rhizosphere Observations Optimizing Terrestrial Sequestration (ROOTS).

REFUEL projects will use water, molecules from the air, and electricity from renewable sources to produce high-energy liquid fuels for transportation and other uses. ROOTS projects will tackle the growing problem of soil “carbon debt” by developing sensing technologies to help farmers choose crop varieties that better capture carbon molecules from the atmosphere and store them in their root systems.

“ARPA-E invests in programs that draw on a broad set of disciplines and require the bold thinking we need to build a better energy future,” said ARPA-E Director Dr. Ellen D. Williams. “REFUEL’s way of creating fuels from commonly available molecules could drastically change how we power our cars and trucks, while ROOTS projects will help us find crops that trap carbon into the soil and reduce the need for costly, emissions-heavy fertilizers.”

Further details on the REFUEL program can be found HERE and details on the 16 projects can be found HERE

Further details on the ROOTS program can be found HERE and details on the 10 projects can be found HERE. Read the full press release HERE.
ARPA-E Announces 
Funding Opportunity 

          

ARPA-E today announced up to $25 million in funding for a new program to significantly expand the opportunities to produce macroalgae as an economically viable, renewable feedstock for biofuel and energy applications.

ARPA-E’s MacroAlgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) program will develop innovative cultivation and harvest systems and additional supporting tools necessary to produce macroalgae biomass at a scale required for fuel production and at a cost competitive with land-based biofuel feedstocks. If successful, MARINER is expected to deploy new technologies to help bolster U.S. energy security and diversify U.S. fuel sources. 

Macroalgae, also referred to as seaweed, are a set of exceptionally diverse multicellular, non-vascular marine plants. Beyond the most common applications of direct human consumption and food additives, there are additional opportunities for large-scale use of macroalgae in the production of fuels and chemicals. The current state of macroalgae mariculture, however, is not capable of scaling to support a seaweed-to-fuels industry.

The MARINER program seeks to increase macroalgae yield and expand into off-shore environments to increase the areas of deployment by two orders of magnitude above current global levels, all while significantly reducing cost. These transformational technologies could potentially enable a U.S.-based macroalgae industry capable of producing up to two quads—approximately 2 percent of U.S. primary energy consumption—of bioenergy by 2050, without competing for freshwater or farmland currently dedicated to food production.

ARPA-E encourages outstanding scientists, engineers, and practitioners from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams for the MARINER program. ARPA-E believes that interdisciplinary and cross-organizational collaborations can facilitate scientific and technological discoveries that a single group alone would not be able to achieve.  

The deadline to submit a Concept Paper for MARINER is 5 p.m. ET on February 14, 2017.  Additional information, including the full FOA and how to find project teaming partners, is available on ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE

       

Additional information is available on ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.