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Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)

Basic Research the Wrong Focus for ARPA-E

August 29, 2012 by Clifton Yin

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has enjoyed bipartisan support since its inception, with members of Congress from both parties appearing at this year’s Energy Innovation Summit to laud its achievements. The agency’s reputation is such that a 2010 report by scholars from the American Enterprise Institute, the...[read more]

One Step Closer to Game-Changing Electric Vehicle Batteries

August 14, 2012 by Clifton Yin
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Envia Systems’ breakthrough battery is one step closer to commercialization after a public vote of confidence last week from the CEO of General Motors (GM), Dan Akerson. ITIF has previously blogged about the battery, which performed at an energy density of 378-418 watt-hours per kilogram (Wh/kg) in independent tests. In contrast,...[read more]

The Work to Further Clean Energy Innovation Continues

June 18, 2012 by Clifton Yin

This was Arun Majumdar’s last week as director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His leadership will be missed, but he leaves the agency in great shape and also left clean energy stakeholders with some final thoughts via an insightful phone interview with The New York Times.Majumdar starts by counseling patience...[read more]

Mulvaney Amendment Suggests Big Cuts to Energy R&D Programs

June 7, 2012 by Megan Nicholson

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the FY2013 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5325) this afternoon, which includes the budget of critical clean energy innovation programs within the Department of Energy (DOE).  The bill, passed by the House Appropriations Committee on April 25, cuts clean energy innovation...[read more]

Assessing Arun Majumdar's Legacy at ARPA-E

May 15, 2012 by Clifton Yin

Last week saw the unfortunate news that Dr. Arun Majumdar will resign – effective June 9 – from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he has served as the head of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) since October 2009. His departure is a “big hit for energy innovation policy,” ITIF’s Matt Stepp commented (...[read more]

Senate Appropriations Bill for Energy and Water FY2013 Finds Approval

April 30, 2012 by Megan Nicholson

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2013 Energy and Water Appropriations bill on Thursday, delineating funds for the Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. Overall, the legislation enacts $33.36 billion in appropriations for FY2013, with $27.13...[read more]

Lithium-Air Battery R&D Moves Forward

April 26, 2012 by Clifton Yin
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Several different companies are now working on making lithium-air batteries, that can power an electric car for 500 miles on a single charge. In comparison, today’s conventional lithium-ion batteries can only take cars roughly 150 miles between plug-ins.[read more]

Experience with Energy Storage Technology Is The Key to Promoting Innovation

April 1, 2012 by James Greenberger
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It is clear that new innovation is needed to bring down the cost of energy storage and that the innovation must produce technologies and systems that are different than what we use today. But in looking for that innovation and trying to promote it, it is important to identify from where it is most likely to come. Innovation that matters, that truly impacts mature technologies such as automobiles and the electricity grid, will not occur in a vacuum (or in a laboratory alone). Innovation that matters can only be promoted by giving battery manufacturers, auto makers and utilities real world, practical experience with existing energy storage technology, insufficient as it may be, and letting them figure out how best to increase its power and decrease its cost.[read more]

A Story about Energy Innovation Policy: Envia Systems

March 22, 2012 by Matthew Stepp

Since the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, emerging next-generation electric vehicle battery company Envia has been gaining headlines because its technology holds the promise of much cheaper electric cars within a few years.[read more]

True Innovation Alive and Well in the Clean Energy Space

March 8, 2012 by Rob Atkinson
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   The New York Times recently ran an excellent profile of Bell Labs by Jon Gertner entitled “True Innovation.” The pieces attributes much of the Labs’ success to onetime chairman of the board Mervin Kelly, who gave researchers time and substantial research autonomy – out of the recognition that true innovation is a product...[read more]

Cleantech Leaders Put Their Heads Together In D.C.

March 2, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

The recently concluded U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, of which EarthTechling was a media partner, brought together some of the best and brightest minds over the course of several days to discuss cleantech innovations. The summit is a result of the works of the Energy Department’s Advanced Research...[read more]

ARPA-E Summit 2012: Spurring Energy Innovation through the Tax Code

March 1, 2012 by Matthew Stepp

 Today marks the end of the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, wrapping up a 3-day collection of America’s best, brightest, and most innovative clean energy thinkers and companies.  The discussions varied, but the underlying theme was straightforward: how can the United States accelerate and spur clean energy innovation. During...[read more]

Bill Gates Calls For More Energy Research Funding

March 1, 2012 by Christina Nunez
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Bill Gates sees the transformative potential of low-cost energy. “Cheaper energy would be on the list of the three or four things you would want for the poorest people in the world,” he said Tuesday at the 2012 Energy Innovation Summit, sponsored by ARPA-E, the Department of Energy’s three-year-old advanced energy research agency....[read more]

Dispatch from the ARPA-E Summit 2012: Scared off by Failure?

March 1, 2012 by Matthew Stepp
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The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is a wonderful collection of thinkers, policymakers, and industry leaders all focused on accelerating and spurring clean energy innovation. At the very least, we’re all trying to fundamentally change the U.S. energy sector.[read more]

President Obama Follows Through on Energy Innovation in 2013 Budget Request

February 15, 2012 by Breakthrough Institute

President Obama backed up his call to “double-down” on clean energy during the State of the Union address by proposing to boost key energy innovation investments in his FY2013 federal budget request. Compared to the FY2012 Omnibus Appropriations bill, the President’s FY2013 proposal would increase top-line investments in key DOE energy...[read more]