DEADLINE MAY 19TH: CONCEPT PAPERS DUE FOR CURRENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
ARPA-E will make up to $130 million available to develop five new program areas that could spark critical breakthrough technologies and secure America's energy future. Concept papers for all funding opportunities are due May 19, 2011. The five technology areas of focus are as follows:
1. Plants Engineered To Replace Oil (PETRO)
ARPA-E seeks to fund technologies that optimize the biochemical processes of energy capture and conversion to develop robust, farm-ready crops that deliver more energy per acre with less processing prior to the pump.
2. High Energy Advanced Thermal Storage (HEATS)
ARPA-E seeks to develop revolutionary cost-effective thermal energy storage technologies in three focus areas: 1) high temperature storage systems to deliver solar electricity more efficiently around the clock and allow nuclear and fossil baseload resources the flexibility to meet peak demand, 2) fuel produced from the sun's heat, and 3) HVAC systems that use thermal storage to improve the driving range of electric vehicles by up to 40 percent.
3. Rare Earth Alternatives in Critical Technologies (REACT)
ARPA-E seeks to fund early-stage technology alternatives that reduce or eliminate the dependence on rare earth materials by developing substitutes in two key areas: electric vehicle motors and wind generators.
4. Green Electricity Network Integration (GENI)
ARPA-E seeks to fund innovative control software and high-voltage hardware to reliably control the grid, specifically: 1) controls able to manage 10 times more sporadically available wind and solar electricity than currently on the grid, and 2) resilient power flow control hardware - or the energy equivalent of an internet router - to enable significantly more electricity through the existing network of transmission lines.
5. Solar Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology (Solar ADEPT)
The Solar ADEPT program focuses on integrating advanced power electronics into solar panels and solar farms to extract and deliver energy more efficiently. ARPA-E aims to invest in key advances in magnetics, semiconductor switches, and charge storage.