ARPA-E Announces $30 Million
to Increase the Performance of
ARPA-E today announced up to $30 million
in funding for a new program focused on creating innovative components for the next generation of batteries, fuel cells, and other electrochemical devices. ARPA-E’s Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion Conducting Solids (IONICS) program seeks to enable a new generation of batteries that will have lower cost and longer life, with an ultimate goal of providing a steady power output from intermittent power. The IONICS program will create high performance separators and electrodes built with solid ion conductors and will also focus on new processing methods and device integration to accelerate these high performance components to commercial deployment.
Electrochemical cells hold great potential for energy applications because they connect chemistry with electricity. Specifically, they can be used to both extract electrical energy from chemical bonds (e.g. in a fuel cell for combined heat and power applications) as well as to store electrical energy in chemical bonds (e.g. charging a battery). The IONICS program focuses on the parts of the electrochemical cell that conduct ions and concentrates on solids because of the enhanced performance they can offer.
More information on the IONICS Teaming Partner Arrangements and the full IONICS Funding Opportunity Announcement can be found here
MONITOR Program Field Test Site Funding Opportunity
On December 16, 2014, ARPA-E announced project selections
for the MONITOR (Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions) program, which seeks to develop low-cost, high sensitivity systems that detect, quantify, and locate emissions associated with the production and transportation of natural gas.
ARPA-E is today announcing approximately $3 to $5 million for the MONITOR Field Test Site program which will support the development of a simulated, but realistic natural gas test site for use by MONITOR Awardees. The test site will enable the evaluation of MONITOR methane sensors and detection systems under realistic scenarios.
The full MONITOR Field Test Site Funding Opportunity Announcement can be found here.
ARPA-E Welcomes New Staff
Dr. Joseph Rollin
currently serves as an ARPA-E Fellow with interests in biofuels, hydrogen, geothermal, and bioengineering.
Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Rollin co-founded Gate Fuels Inc. and Cell-Free Bioinnovations Inc., to further develop Bacillus and cell-free platforms for the production of value-added chemicals and fuels. He led business development and worked on metabolic engineering at both companies.
Dr. Rollin earned his Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2013 under the guidance of Dr. Y.H. Percival Zhang. He was supported by the Department of Defense, as a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow. His projects included biomass pretreatment, enzymatic cellulose hydrolysis modeling, and experimental and computational optimization of a cell-free system designed to produce hydrogen from a variety of biomass sugars.
Energy-Efficiency Optimization for Connected and Automated Vehicles Teaming Partner List
ARPA-E encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form project teams for a planned program. The focus of the intended program will be on energy efficiency of each individual vehicle in an automotive fleet, through the improvement of powertrain control and vehicle dynamic control, by utilizing emerging technologies and strategies in sensing, communications, information, control and automation.
The program will cover a broad range of disciplines including automotive vehicle control, powertrain control and transportation analytics for the development of advanced energy efficiency optimization technologies for future connected and automated vehicles (CAVs). ARPA-E is interested in new and emerging full vehicle and powertrain control technologies that can reduce the energy use associated with automotive transportation, beyond those technologies currently expected to be deployed in future vehicles.
ARPA-E is currently compiling a Teaming Partner List to facilitate the formation of new project teams. Learn more about this Announcement of Teaming Partner List
.This Notice does not constitute a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); no FOA exists at this time.