Thursday, August 2, 2012

ARPA-E Announces 19 New Energy Storage Projects

ARPA-E’s Principal Deputy Director Eric Toone announced funding for 19 new projects that will focus on innovations in battery management and energy storage. The projects seek to advance electric vehicle technologies, help improve the efficiency and reliability of the electrical grid, and provide important energy security benefits to America’s armed forces. 
 The new projects are supported through two new ARPA-E programs: Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). AMPED projects aim to develop advanced sensing and control technologies that could dramatically improve and provide new innovations in safety, performance, and lifetime for grid-scale and vehicle batteries. SBIR projects part of the larger Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program and focus on cutting-edge energy storage developments for stationary power and electric vehicles. 
 ARPA-E Principal Deputy Director Toone announced the new project selections at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s event, New Age of Discovery: Government’s Role in Transformative Innovation, where he spoke alongside former ARPA-E Director Arun Majumdar. To watch a live feed of the announcement and event, visit the ITIF website
 In April, ARPA-E issued approximately $43 million for two new programs to develop next-generation energy storage technologies:
 Advanced Management and Protection of Energy-storage Devices (AMPED)
AMPED will fund research of advanced sensing and control technologies to dramatically improve the safety, performance, and lifetime of energy storage systems. These innovations will enable a new generation of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, and enhance the efficiency and reliability of the U.S. electricity grid. Furthermore, these technologies will also extend the capability of hybrid energy storage modules being developed through a planned joint collaboration by ARPA-E and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. The goal of this partnership will be to enable critical Department of Defense war-fighting capabilities pursuant to an existing Memorandum of Understanding between the Departments of Energy and Defense. Approximately $30 million will be made available for AMPED.
Energy Storage SBIR/STTR
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are competitive U.S. Government funding programs focused on spurring innovation within the domestic small businesses community. ARPA-E recognizes the critical role that small businesses play in developing energy storage technologies and is soliciting small business applicants to effectively move stationary and transportation energy storage technologies towards the market through combined phase projects.

This solicitation focuses on five research areas. The two research areas for stationary energy storage include: (1) low-cost, grid-scale storage, particularly for electric distribution systems supporting high local-penetration of electric vehicles with high-rate charging demands, and (2) low-cost storage for consumer-side of the meter applications. The three research areas for transportation energy storage are: (1) new battery chemistries, (2) new battery architectures, and (3) innovative designs for electric storage systems. Approximately $13 million will be made available for this program.