The ARPA-E Newsletter: February 26, 2016 
ARPA-E Summit Next Week:
Featuring Cutting-Edge Technologies
& Top Energy Innovators


 
The premier energy innovation conference of the year is just days away! The 2016 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit  attracts 2,000+ leading energy entrepreneurs, scientists, investors, and policymakers to one venue to discuss and showcase the latest in advanced energy technologies. 

This year’s roster of keynote speakers features leading policy and business experts, including Former Vice President Al Gore, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Senator Christopher Coons, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Representative Bill Foster, President of the World Bank Group Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Xerox Chief Technology Officer Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, BASF Corporation Chairman and CEO Wayne T. Smith, General Electric Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Victor Abate. 

The Technology Showcase – a key attraction at the Summit – provides a first-hand look at the latest energy innovations. The Technology Showcase includes displays from 270+ high-potential, high-impact energy technologies as well as a select number of vetted energy technologies from innovative organizations. 

Explore the Summit agenda to learn more about the 30+ breakout discussions and networking receptions open to attendees. Register NOW to avoid onsite registration fee increases. 

How to Get the Most Out of the 2016 Summit


With more than 2,000 attendees, 270+ cutting-edge technologies exhibiting, and a wide variety of educational sessions available, navigating a large conference can be difficult. Check out this blog on the ARPA-E website for helpful tips on how to maximize your time at the 2016 Summit and get the most out of this event based on your energy interests.
ARPA-E Summit Mobile App:
A Must Have Tool



The 2016 ARPA-E Summit app is a great tool to enhance your Summit experience. The app will provide the most up-to-date agenda with real time updates and notifications, as well as speaker biographies, panel descriptions, Showcase participant profiles, and more! 

Use the Summit app to easily connect and network with other attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and partners on site; download contact information from all the connections you make at the Summit; and maximize your time at the event with the MyShow personalization tool.

The MyShow personalization feature will allow you to create a Summit schedule based on your areas of interest.

Insider tip: We recommend downloading the app prior to your arrival to ensure that your profile is ready to go and you can begin using it immediately. Click here to download the app. 
 

 Upcoming
ARPA-E Workshop

ARPA-E will hold a workshop on "Safe and Secure Megawatt-Size Nuclear Power" on March 16-17, 2016 in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Topics for discussion will include innovative and novel design concepts, robust materials, sensing and monitoring technologies and other technologies that could enable inherently safe, secure, and proliferation-resistant MW-scale nuclear power generation for a variety of applications. For more information, please visit the workshop page on the ARPA-E website. 

ENLITENED Teaming Partner List

ARPA-E intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), entitled: ENergy-efficient Light-wave Integrated Technology Enabling Networks that Enhance Datacenters (ENLITENED), focused on the application of integrated photonic technologies in future data centers (DCs).

The overall goal of the ENLITENED program will be to overcome the limitations of conventional metal interconnects used for future DC server and switch chip input/output (I/O) functions. To achieve this, the high integration density and low energy-per-bit achievable with integrated photonic interconnect and switching technologies will be exploited – to ultimately provide transformational improvements in overall DC energy efficiency. 

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. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued in March 2016, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

 ARPA-E Announces $30 Million
to Increase the Performance of
Energy Technologies


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.