ARPA-E focuses on next-generation energy innovation to create a sustainable energy future. The agency provides R&D support to businesses, universities, and national labs to develop technologies that could fundamentally change the way we access, use, and store energy. Since 2009, ARPA-E has provided over $2 billion in support to more than 950 energy technology projects.
Severe weather, cyber intrusions, and physical attacks can damage America’s critical energy infrastructure and cause power outages that affect families and businesses alike. This transformation is driving ARPA‑E to support promising early-stage energy technologies that could make the U.S. electric grid more reliable, flexible, and resilient.
GRID MODERNIZATION WITH POWER FLOW CONTROLLER UPDATED: APRIL 28, 2016PROJECT TITLE: Dynamic Power Flow ControllerPROGRAM: Green Electricity Network Integration (GENI)AWARD: $4,025,951PROJECT TEAM: Varentec (Lead); Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); Georgia Tech Research Corporation; SPX Transformer Solutions (Waukesha Electric Systems)PROJECT TERM: January 2012 to April 2016
IMPROVING THE INTEGRATION OF RENEWABLES ON THE GRID UPDATED: APRIL 26, 2016PROJECT TITLE: Highly Dispatchable and Distributed Demand Response for the Integration of Distributed GenerationPROGRAM: Green Electricity Network Integration (GENI)AWARD: $3,465,385PROJECT TEAM: AutoGrid Systems (Lead); Columbia University; Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryPROJECT TERM: January 2012 – March 2014
DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION CAPACITY UPDATED: FEBRUARY 24, 2016 PROJECT TITLES: Distributed Power Flow Control Using Smart Wires for Energy RoutingPROGRAM: GENIAWARD: $3,977,745PROJECT TEAM: Smart Wires (Lead); Carnegie Mellon University; PowerWorld Corporation; Georgia Tech Research Corporation; Electrical Distribution and Design, Inc.; Innoventor, Inc.; New Potato Technology, Inc.
ADVANCED POWER FLOW TOPOLOGY CONTROLS FOR THE GRID UPDATED: OCTOBER 28, 2015PROJECT TITLES: Transmission Topology Control for Infrastructure Resilience to the Integration of Renewable Generation PROGRAM: GENIAWARD: $2,361,591PROJECT TEAM: Boston University (Lead); Newton Energy Group; Northeastern University; AIMMS; PJM Interconnection; Polaris Systems Optimization; The Brattle Group; Tufts University
WASHINGTON, DC -- Arun Majumdar, Director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), today announced 60 cutting-edge research projects aimed at dramatically improving how the U.S. produces and uses energy.
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that up to $130 million from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will be made available to develop five new program areas that could spark critical breakthrough technologies and secure America's energy future.
What if consumers were empowered with real-time data on the cost and efficiency of their energy use? During times of peak demand -- such as on a hot summer afternoon when homes and businesses crank up their air conditioning -- utilities could let cost-conscious consumers know how much they’re spending on energy or ask environmentally minded consumers to voluntarily reduce their energy footprint. Utilities would then be better positioned to quickly and efficiently manage demand and supply fluctuations on the grid.
The goal of the workshop was to develop new ideas and identify the most promising R&D pathway to better accommodate the alternatives to traditional electricity generation and the use of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles while improving the reliability, controllability, and performance of the power grid.