Programs Main Overview
ARPA-E programs explore creative “outside-the-box” technologies that promise genuine transformation in the ways we generate, store and utilize energy. Unlike conventional DOE research, ARPA-E funds concepts that industry alone cannot support, but whose success would dramatically benefit the nation. Its high risk, high reward programs aim to substantially reduce foreign energy imports; cut energy-related greenhouse gas emissions; and improve efficiency across the energy spectrum.
Announced in early 2009, ARPA-E’s first solicitation (FOA-1) was highly competitive. It funded 37 projects aimed at transformational energy innovations in a variety of areas.
Better batteries will encourage public adoption of electric vehicles and shift transportation energy reliance from oil to the domestically-powered U.S. electric grid.
IMPACCT aims to revolutionize technologies that prevent carbon dioxide produced by coal-fired power plants from entering the atmosphere and contributing to global warming.
GRIDS explores new technologies that enable widespread use of cost-effective grid-scale energy storage and balance the short-duration variability in renewable generation.
ADEPT explores materials for key advances in soft magnetics, high-voltage switches, and reliable, high-density charge storage that will reduce energy costs and consumption.
ARPA-E seeks to use microorganisms to harness energy and convert carbon dioxide into liquid fuels. Theoretically, this could be10 times more efficient than current approaches.