Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E)

ARPA-E Funds the Next Wave of Grid-Distributed Energy Integration

January 6, 2016 by Jeff St. John

ARPA-E and Energy Integration

Over the past year, the Department of Energy has been putting an increased focus on technology to integrate renewable energy into everyday grid operations. This work has included opening loan guarantees to distributed renewables, and grants to support field tests of distributed energy integration.[read more]

The Next Generation of Battery Tech at ARPA-E

February 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John

ARPA-E Battery Development

The Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program was created to give “blue-sky” research projects the money they need to prove whether or not they’re ready for commercialization. That includes a host of projects seeking to make batteries cheaper, smaller and more durable.[read more]

Beyond Hardware: Why ARPA-E Sees Big Potential in Software Analytics for the Grid

September 24, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Traditionally, ARPA-E focuses on capital- or materials-intensive solutions like battery storage, fuel cells, biofuels, electric motors and power electronics. But recently, it has ramped up its support for companies and research teams that are developing software analytics for the transmission and distribution grids.[read more]

ARPA-E 'Encourages Crazy Ideas' to Find Disruptive Energy Technology

July 17, 2014 by Jared Anderson

ARPA-E and Energy Future Innovation

The same GPS technology that guided smart bombs during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 is now in your smart phone and there are numerous additional examples of technology borne from US Defense Department innovators that exploded (pardon the pun) into mainstream commercial applications.[read more]

Corporate Venture Perspectives: Are Most Cleantech Inventors 'Screwed'?

February 26, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

America's energy innovation agency, ARPA-E, is now five years old. Since it was officially funded in 2009, the agency has helped to leverage hundreds of millions in private dollars for various early-stage technologies that are still being proven in the lab.[read more]


The Case for ARPA-E: The Government's Role in Bridging the Valley of Death

November 11, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

ARPA-E and Government Investment


This year Congress has sought to slash the budget of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, with Congress proposing cuts of over 80%. ARPA-E has embarked on several rounds of successful funding for breakthrough clean energy tech, helping companies bridge market barriers.[read more]

ARPA-E Announces a Different Path for Solar Energy Innovation

August 2, 2013 by Megan Nicholson

Solar Energy Innovation

In order to attain clean energy technology breakthroughs – particularly with solar and wind technologies that also require innovations in manufacturing and energy storage and grid integration systems – support for ARPA-E must be sustained and expanded.[read more]

Airborne Turbines Revolutionize Wind Power

November 21, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

Flying a kite has often been considered child’s play, but a group of inventors think the concept could be used to make wind energy cheaper and more reliable than ever before, potentially revolutionizing wind power forever. Correspondent Josh Zepps met the innovators working to turn the idea of flying a kite into an airborne wind turbine that’s lighter and more powerful than traditional wind turbines.[read more]

Green Scissors 2011: A Misguided Proposal for Budget and Environmental Reform

August 29, 2011 by Teryn Norris

In the aftermath of the debt ceiling crisis and as the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction seeks a second budget deal, many public interest groups are working hard to ensure that even while Congress cuts wasteful spending, it preserves vital public programs and expands smart investments in the nation's future.[read more]