DOE/ARPA-E has given the green light to 19 new projects related to energy storage with an emphasis on electric vehicle technologies, grid reliability and security.
As part of this announcement, ARPA-E says it is creating two new initiatives to support these projects: Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) and Small Business Innovation Research. (SBIR/STTR programs, of course, are already found in the DOE and other federal agencies, but apparently this is the first time a specific SBIR beachhead has been created in ARPA-E.)
ARPA-E is divvying up the monies between legacy and frontier battery compositions and designs. Specifically, AMPED will cover 12 research projects earmarked for $30 million for what the agency describes as “advanced sensing and control technologies that could dramatically improve and provide new innovations in safety, performance, and lifetime for grid-scale and vehicle batteries.” The projects will aim to squeeze more out of existing battery chemistries.
In contrast to AMPED’s focus, SBIR will oversee seven small-business projects funded for $13 million aimed at “innovative battery chemistries and battery designs.”
“This latest round of ARPA-E projects seeks to address the remaining challenges in energy storage technologies, which could revolutionize the way Americans store and use energy in electric vehicles, the grid and beyond, while also potentially improving the access to energy for the U.S. military at forward operating bases in remote areas,” said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.
Here’s the breakdown: