DOE’s ARPA-E program today announced it would be funding 43 new high-risk, high-reward energy projects to the tune of $92 million. The funding is grouped into three areas:
- Grid-scale modular storage;
- Efficient energy delivery and switching; and
- Efficient building-cooling devices.
The 43 were selected from an initial pool that started off with a group of 529 concept papers that were whittled down to 164 “encouraged” applicants. These awards follow an April announcement when $106 million was given to 37 projects.
Among the big winners in today’s announcement are Georgia Tech, United Technologies Research Center, ABB, Cree, MIT and HRL laboratories.
The list of projects is quite interesting, including GaN switches, metacapacitors and self-healing capacitors, high-voltage SiC transitors, ceramic-on-metal dehumidifiers, MEMS cooling modules, superconducting magnetic energy storage and many new battery compositions.