ARPA-EAdvanced Research Project Agency-Energy
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Because our goal is to enable the project teams to manage their own paths to commercialization, our tech-to-market efforts must extend beyond the ARPA-E program and tech-to-market team.
ARPA-E's goal is to develop a set of low-cost technologies in fusion drivers and plasma formation that will achieve high experimental shot rates for rapid learning, and create new low-cost paths to fusion power beyond the ARPA-E program.
ARPA-E is modeled after the successful Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is responsible for such technological innovations as the internet and the military's stealth technology.
ARPA-E will also start its own Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.
Overall, the ARPA-E program has funded 180 separate projects with $521.
Majumdar, an accomplished scientist and engineer who's been running ARPA-E for just eight months, says it could take a decade or more for the agency to come up with the "equivalent of the Internet.
In addition to funding its first projects, ARPA-E has gained its first director.
When ARPA-E examined the challenges facing nuclear energy, we found an important opportunity to support the advanced reactor design community with early-stage technologies that could enable the development of safer and less expensive plants, said ARPA-E Acting Director Eric Rohlfing.
For Director of ARPA-E, he has picked Ellen Williams, who is currently Chief Scientist at BP oil company.
The ARPA-E program was created, in 2009, to identify clean-energy research projects deemed too radical or too preliminary to attract private financing.
Modeled after the Department of Defense's successful DARPA agency, ARPA-E was funded in 2008 and has committed over $350 million to projects covering a wide range of energy topics, including energy generation, energy storage, and CO2 mitigation.