ARPA-E Announces 16
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.
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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.
Additional information is available on ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.