It is modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Like DARPA does for military technology, ARPA-E is intended to fund high-risk, high-reward research that might not otherwise be pursued because there is a relatively high risk of failure. Like DARPA, it is intended to fund projects involving government labs, private industry, and universities. ARPA-E has four objectives:
- To bring a freshness, excitement, and sense of mission to energy research that will attract the U.S.’s best and brightest minds;
- To focus on creative, transformation energy research that the industry cannot, or will not. support due to its high risk, but that has high reward potential;
- To utilize an ARPA-like organization that is flat, nimble, and sparse, capable of sustaining for long periods of time those projects whose promise remains real, while phasing out programs that do not prove to be as promising as anticipated; and
- To create a new tool to bridge the gap between basic energy research and development/industrial innovation.
ARPA–E research articles from Innovation Toronto
- How The DARPA Of The Energy World Wants To Change The Electricity Grid – July 7, 2014
- Powerful, Possible Next Step in Electric Motors – May 20, 2014
- Organic mega flow battery promises breakthrough for renewable energy
- Is the Secret to Cheap Energy Storage Hiding in Harlem?
- Feds fund concept for cheaper, better titanium made in U.S.
- Fuel-efficient cars, planes cheaper with magnesium drawn from ocean
- And the DOE energy innovation award goes to … a new type of nuclear power
- GE Developing Fabric Wind Turbine Blades
- New Sophisticated Control Algorithms Poised to Revolutionize Electric Battery Technology
- Race for Renewables’ Game-changers Heats Up
- Envia Claims ‘Breakthrough’ in Lithium-Ion Battery Cost and Energy Density
- Bio Architecture Lab Technology That Efficiently Converts Seaweed to Renewable Fuels and Chemicals
- Eos Energy Storage Looking to Disrupt Grid-Scale Batteries With Zinc-Air
- Policy Key to Weather Cleantech Crisis
- SunShot: Lowering the Price of Electricity from the Sun
- Inventing the Future of Energy
- U.S. Military Links Alternative Energy Research to Lives–and Dollars–Saved
- Better Lithium Batteries
- Molten Metal Batteries Return for Renewable Energy Storage
- Inventing Batteries from Air
- How to Turn a New Clean Energy Process into a Company
- Funding to boost development of high-energy density capacitors for hybrids and EVs
- Reverse Combustion: Can CO2 Be Turned Back into Fuel?
- Turning plant sugars into gasoline with heat, pressure and catalysts
- Can a Chemist Deliver Distributed Energy from a Water Bottle?
- Does Solar Power Need a Revolution?
- Sunshine is free, so can photovoltaics be cheap?
- Storing megawatts: Liquid-metal batteries and electricity