Funding

ARPA-E awards $37.3M for disruptive thermal storage innovations, materials

By / October 13, 2011

Abengoa, designer of novel concentrating solar power towers, is a participant in several new ARPA-E funded projects for storing thermal energy. Credit: Abengoa Last week Eileen reported on ARPA-E’s new awards in rare-earth alternative technologies. This week I thought I would take a look at APRA-E’s $37.3 million initiative to find a disruptive thermal storage…

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NSF’s first Innovation Corps awards announced

By Eileen De Guire / October 6, 2011

Credit: NSF We first told you about the NSF Innovation Corps initiative when it was unveiled by NSF director, Subra Suresh, in late July. The NSF has delivered on its promise to make the first round of awards by the close of FY 2011. The thrust of the initiative is to expedite the transition of…

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ARPA-E awards $31.6 million to rare-earth substitute projects

By Eileen De Guire / October 5, 2011

ARPA-E announced $31.6 million in awards to develop new, rare-earth-free permanent magnet materials. Credit: ARPA-E Rare earth permanent magnets are key components in electric vehicle motors and in wind turbine electricity generators, and international concern over the economics of rare-earth raw materials has been well documented here and elsewhere. DOE is addressing the issue from…

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NSF launches new Career-Life Balance Initiative, workplace flexibility policies

By Kristen Brosnan / October 4, 2011

Credit: P. Wray; ACerS Last Monday the White House and National Science Foundation announced a new 10-year plan to increase workplace flexibilities to support American scientists and their families. One of the benefits discussed in this announcement is being able to delay or suspend grants for up to one year after a birth or adoption…

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Feds fund six clean energy ‘proof of concept’ centers

By Eileen De Guire / October 3, 2011

The national i6 Green initiative leverages resources of five federal agencies to advance clean technology commercialization, focusing on promoting Proof of Concept Centers methodologies. Credit: Economic Development Administration, Department of Commerce Last Friday was the last day of the Federal 2011 fiscal year, and award announcements were flying out of DC all afternoon. Several caught…

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‘Stretching and morphing’ the ARRA’s purpose = stimulus fail

By / September 30, 2011

DOE Recovery Act Funds status, 9/30/11. Credit: recovery.gov Two things out of the box: First, remember, permissum lector caveo (translation: What the hell does Peter know, anyway?). Second, the opinions expressed below are totally my own and should be blamed on no one else. Thus forewarned … Nature has what strikes me as a very disturbing article…

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ARPA-E announces 2012 Energy Innovation Summit for February

By Eileen De Guire / September 23, 2011

Energy secretary, Steven Chu, and ARPA-E director, Arun Majumdar. Majumdar recently announced the next Energy Innovation Summit will be Feb. 27-29, 2012. Credit: ARPA-E The lead story in today’s ARPA-E e-Newsletter is an announcement for the 2012 rendering of the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit. Among the keynote speakers is Bill Gates. Really? What does Gates…

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NSF doubles its investment in Yale-Southern Conn. State University MRSEC enterprise

By Eileen De Guire / September 13, 2011

Custom-built oxide molecular beam epitaxy system at Yale. Credit: CRISP. The National Science Foundation has awarded a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center grant of $13 million to a Yale University-Southern Connecticut State University joint collaboration. The new MRSEC will double the capacity of the universities’ already established Center for Research on Interface Structures and…

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Solyndra’s downfall likely to reverberate in courts, DOE, but indicative of high competition

By / September 7, 2011

This was the bad news (at least for investors) from Fremont, Calif., last week: Solyndra LLC, the American manufacturer of innovative cylindrical solar systems for commercial rooftops today announced that global economic and solar industry market conditions have forced the Company to suspend its manufacturing operations. Solyndra intends to file a petition for relief under…

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Update on Calisolar: ‘Columbus? You thought we meant Ohio?!?’

By / September 7, 2011

Calisolar’s Sunnyvale, Calif., offices. Credit: Calisolar, Wikipedia Back in July, we reported how State of Ohio and federal officials were left scratching their head when Calisolar, a company that has developed a lower-cost method of purifying cheap, low-grade silicon, suddenly pulled out of a deal that would have had the enterprise building a factory just north of…

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