The OPEN 2012 projects will focus on a wide range of technologies, including building efficiency, grid modernization, renewable power, and energy storage. The projects were selected through a merit-based process from thousands of concept papers and hundreds of full applications. The projects are based in 24 states, with approximately 47 percent of the projects led by universities, 29 percent by small businesses, 15 percent by large businesses, 7.5 percent by national labs, and 1.5 percent by nonprofits.
ARPA-E’s first funding opportunity, OPEN 2009, was issued three years ago and was similarly an open call for breakthrough energy technology solutions.
Examples of some the new projects are:
• Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory — Automated Modeling and Simulation of Existing Buildings for Energy Efficiency
• California Institute of Technology — Optics for Ultra High-Efficiency Solar Energy Conversion
• University of North Dakota — Novel Dry Cooling Technology for Power Plants
• Yale University — Power Generation from Waste Heat with Closed-Loop Membrane-Based System
Publication date: 12/17/2012