2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Preview

Another year brings another ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit to the halls of the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland just outside of Washington D.C. It is set to happen Feb. 25-27 and, like in years past, we’ve partnered with the Summit to bring you a small preview of the event as well as be onsite during it for live coverage.

Advanced Research Project Agency – Energy, or APRA-E, is the energy innovation arm of the U.S. Department of Energy. Assigned with advancing towards development “high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment,” it looks to highlight projects which could seriously address economic, national security and environmental issues. As we’ve observed from years past attending this event, some of the works being showcased there are literally coming from cutting edge universities still in vials and test tubes.

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As is normally the case, a host of well known individuals involved in the green technology and energy worlds will be on site to offer their thoughts through keynote addresses and speaker opportunities. A few of the folks who will be speaking at the 2013 Summit include Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, outgoing U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, ARPA-E director Cheryl Martin, Tesla Motors founder Elton Musk and a number of members from Congress.

What’s also interesting about the summit is what’s being called a Future Energy Pitching Session, in which early-stage energy technology start ups will get the chance to present before a panel of venture capital investors. Of eight companies that will be picked to present in front of these investors, two are being selected via a crowdvoting platform individuals can vote on through February 8.

Perhaps most interesting though about the ARPA-E Summit for our readers is the Showcase. It is here where you will see over 270 companies, universities and organizations showcasing a huge array of energy technology innovations ranging from renewable power generation and advanced fuels through vehicle technologies and industrial efficiencies.

There’s still time to register for the event for those want to check out this cutting edge energy technology gathering.

I am the editor-in-chief and founder for EarthTechling. This site is my desire to bring the world of green technology to consumers in a timely and informative matter. Prior to this my previous ventures have included a strong freelance writing career and time spent at Silicon Valley start ups.

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