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Modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funds game-changing energy technologies that are typically too early for private-sector investment.

From new wind turbine designs and transportation fuels made from bacteria to innovative energy storage solutions and smaller, more efficient semiconductors, ARPA-E projects have the potential to change the way we generate, store and use energy. The program continues to invest in technologies that could radically improve U.S. economic prosperity, national security and environmental well being.


ARPA-E Project Takes an Innovative Approach to the Electrical Grid
With support from ARPA-E, AutoGrid Systems developed software to monitor the flow of power through the electric grid and help utilities better meet real-time electricity demands. | Graphic courtesy of AutoGrids.

Learn how one company is creating two-way communications between power suppliers and consumers to better meet real-time electricity demands.

PNNL Helps the Navy Stay Cool and Conserve Fuel
As a Laboratory Fellow at the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Pete McGrail and his team are working to develop a more efficient adsorption chiller that could help the Navy cut its fuel costs. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing a more efficient air conditioner that could help the U.S. military cut its fuel use.

ARPA-E Program Takes an Innovative Approach to Electric Vehicle Batteries
Dr. Ping Liu of ARPA-E discusses the RANGE program and its innovative approach to energy storage for electric vehicles. | Photo courtesy of ARPA-E.

We're sitting down with ARPA-E to talk about new ways to think about electric vehicle battery design.