Students from energy clubs all over the United States gathered Monday for a special huddle before the Summit. This selected group of 82 graduate students from 32 universities are the future energy leaders of tomorrow.
I thought Dr. Ilan Gur, Senior Advisor for Commercialization, summarized our sentiments best, “Out of the whole year, this is our 3-day high.” This is truly one of the biggest and most exciting energy conferences of the year!
We started with an intro to the ARPA-E Program. Here are a few takeaways:
ARPA-E, a “DARPA for Energy,” is an R&D funding agency for advanced, non-incremental energy technologies. They fund projects/ideas on:
- energy efficiency
- reduction on foreign dependence on energy
- reduction in energy emissions
What makes ARPA-E different?
- New scientific ideas form multiple fields and convert them into innovations that disrupt the energy industry.
- Special hiring authority bring “go against the grain” people into the agency quickly; people are term-limited so the agency stays on the forefront of innovation
- “Feels like a Silicon Valley startup,” says Dr. Ilan Gur, a two-time entrepreneur turned Senior Advisor for Commercialization at ARPA-E
- Proof of relevance: what’s the impact, the value creation
ARPA-E Programs (By The Numbers)
- Adept: Efficient Power Conversion ($34.5 million total investment)
- Beest: EV Batteries ($36.3 M)
- Beetit: Building Cooling & Air Conditioning ($30.3 M)
- Electrofuels: Versatile Transportation Energy Solutions ($44.5 M)
- First Open Solicitation: Transformational Energy Technologies ($158.4 M)
- Geni: Grid Hardware & Software ($39.4 M)
- Grids: Grid-Scale Renewable Energy Storage ($27.7 M)
- Heats: Thermal Energy Storage ($37.3 M)
- Impacct: Carbon Capture Technology ($33.7 M)
- Petro: Higher Productivity Crops for Biofuels ($36.3 M)
- React: Alternatives to Critical Markets in Magnets ($22.1 M)
- Solar Adept: Efficient Solar Energy Systems ($14.7 M)
- Submit an idea
- Join one of the 132 projects across the US
- Work for ARPA-E
ARPA-E Fellows function as an “internal think tank”
- 2-year term
- Currently fellows are all technical, open to non-technical
- Informal process to apply, talk to the fellows, meritocratic organization
- Our very own Shannon Yee was the first ARPA-E fellow!
Next up: Energy clubs from across the US