ARPA-E Awards $106 Million Clean Energy Research Pot To Various Projects

The continually increasing cash flow of federal dollars into renewable energy research and development continued yesterday as Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that the U.S. Department of Energy “is awarding $106 million in funding for 37 ambitious research projects that could fundamentally change the way the country uses and produces energy.” These projects will be funded through the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

The awarded money will go towards projects that “could produce advanced biofuels more efficiently from renewable electricity instead of sunlight; design completely new types of batteries to make electric vehicles more affordable; and remove the carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants in a more cost-effective way.” The grants will go towards projects in 17 states, with highlighted examples including engineering a bacterial reverse fuel cell at Harvard Medical School, developing a semi-sold rechargeable flow battery at MIT and developing a CO2 capture process using phase-changing absorbents at GE’s Global Research Center.

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“Thanks to the Recovery Act, dozens of cutting-edge research projects with the potential to dramatically transform how we use energy in this country will now be able to get underway,” said Vice President Biden in a statement. “By investing in our top researchers, we’re not only continuing in the spirit of American innovation, but helping build a competitive American clean energy industry that will create secure jobs here at home for years to come.”

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