The U.S. Department of Energy liked the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit held last March so much, it’s going to do it again. The department said version two, set for February 28-March 2, 2011, in the Washington D.C. area, will showcase more than 100 exhibits from projects funded by ARPA-E, the department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

ARPA-E was born in 2007, but since it had no funding it might just as well not have existed. Then came the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and a cool $400 million, and everything changed. The agency has used the money to boost research and development in areas such as grid-scale storage, power electronics, batteries for electric vehicles, building efficiency, advanced carbon capture and electrofuels. The summit will show off those funded projects, feature submitted proposals that ARPA-E was unable to fund, and host seminars and workshops.

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The Energy Department said in a press release the first summit attracted 1,700 people from 49 states and 16 countries, and more than half of the attendees were “high level executives.”

“After such a successful first summit, I’m excited to again bring our nation’s brightest minds to Washington to discuss solutions to our energy challenges,” Energy Department Secretary Chu said. “This unique forum will help facilitate the partnerships necessary to bring game-changing technologies to market quickly, which is critical to securing America’s global technology leadership and creating new jobs.”

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