The ARPA-E Newsletter: September 14, 2016 
Registration Now Open for 2017
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Registration for the 2017 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is now open! The ARPA-E Summitthe preeminent energy innovation event of the yearwill be held February 27 - March 1, 2017 at the Gaylord Convention Center, right outside of Washington, DC. Now in its eighth year, the Summit offers a three-day program aimed at moving transformational energy technologies out of the lab and into the market.

Summit topics range from high-level overviews to focused discussions centered on the next generation of energy technologies. Additionally, the Summit's Technology Showcase will include more than 275 innovative energy technologies, including those from ARPA-E funded project teamsmany of which have never before been displayed publicly. 

Early-bird registration prices expire on November 30, 2016. For more information, please visit the Registration tab on the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit website.

Upcoming ARPA-E Workshops 

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.  
Behind the Scenes with
ARPA-E Program Directors

Here at ARPA-E, we focus on transformational energy projects that can be meaningfully advanced with a small investment over a set amount of time. Our streamlined awards process enables us to act quickly and catalyze cutting-edge areas of energy research. Part of making sure we have a constant infusion of fresh thinking and new perspectives comes from how we work with our Program Directors, who serve on limited terms. 

ARPA-E hires Program Directors with visionary ideas for new energy technologies. During their three-year terms, Program Directors are responsible for program creation, design, implementation, and management.

Hear from three Program Directors—two current and one alumnus—about what being an ARPA-E Program Director is like. Interested in becoming an ARPA-E Program Director? Click HERE to learn more about career opportunities at ARPA-E.
ARPA-E Announces 16 
New Projects 

ARPA-E announced $37 million in funding for 16 innovative new projects as part of a new ARPA-E program: Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids (IONICS). IONICS project teams are paving the way for technologies that overcome the limitations of current battery and fuel cell products.

“While battery technologies have improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years, there remain some imposing physical and chemical barriers that have stifled further innovation,” said ARPA-E Director Dr. Ellen D. Williams. “Solid ion conductors made of affordable, easily produced materials could replace today’s mostly liquid electrolytes and expensive fuel cell parts, helping create a next generation of batteries and fuel cells that are low-cost, durable, and more efficient.”

IONICS projects will use new materials and processes to achieve advancements such as increasing battery energy capacity while preventing short circuits and battery degradation. Teams also hope to greatly reduce the cost of the fuel cell parts needed to generate electricity from chemical sources.

Further details on the IONICS program can be found HERE. Details on all 16 of the IONICS projects may be found HERE, and the full press release can be found HERE.

ARPA-E Releases Sample of Project Outcomes

Since 2009, ARPA-E has funded over 500 potentially transformational energy technology projects. Many of these projects have already demonstrated early indicators of technical and commercial success. ARPA-E has begun the process of analyzing and cataloging some of the Agency’s most successful projects in its first compilation volume. Click here to learn more. 

ARPA-E Welcomes New Staff 

Dr. David Tew currently serves as a Program Director at ARPA-E. His focus at ARPA-E includes combined heat and power systems, industrial processes, and transportation energy efficiency. 

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Tew spent 19 years working for United Technologies Corporation (UTC)—in roles at the Research Center, Pratt and Whitney, and UTC Power. His responsibilities included developing advanced power generation and aircraft and rocket propulsion system technologies as well as leading a number of solid oxide fuel cell system and stack development efforts at the Research Center. 

Tew earned a MBA from Columbia Business School, a Ph.D. and S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from M.I.T., and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.