U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has issued grants worth approximately $43 million for two new programs to develop next-generation energy-storage technologies.
These programs leverage partnerships with small businesses to engage scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to research energy-storage technologies for a wide variety of applications.
The Advanced Management and Protection of Energy-Storage Devices (AMPED) program will fund the research of advanced sensing and control technologies to improve the safety, performance and lifetime of energy-storage systems. These innovations will be designed to enable a new generation of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, and enhance the efficiency and reliability of the U.S. electric grid, ARPA-E explains.
Furthermore, these technologies will extend the capability of hybrid energy-storage modules being developed through a planned joint collaboration by ARPA-E and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.
In addition, approximately $13 million will be made available for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. This solicitation focuses on five research areas. The two research areas for stationary energy storage include low-cost, grid-scale storage, particularly for electric distribution systems supporting the local penetration of electric vehicles with high-rate charging demands; and low-cost storage for consumer-side meter applications.
The three research areas for transportation energy storage are new battery chemistries, new battery architectures and innovative designs for electric storage systems.