Federal and state officials recognized four innovative clean energy companies and one Massachusetts researcher who received awards under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, which supports transformational energy research projects.
In the four rounds of ARPA-E grants awarded, Massachusetts entities received 13% of the total awards and 17% of the dollars awarded. Of the 123 awards, 16 Massachusetts institutions and companies received a total of $62.8 million. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center provided matching funds of $1.35 million to the four companies and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) research effort.
ARPA-E Director Dr. Arun Majumdar and officials toured photovoltaic company 1366 Technologies, and met with executives from FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp., FastCAP Systems Corp. and MC10 Inc., and with Donald Sadoway, MIT principal researcher who, all received ARPA-E awards in the first round of the program
‘Today showcases the benefit of state and federal funding working together to leverage significant private funding for high-impact technology [research and development], which ensures the clean energy industries of the future are born here in the U.S.,’ says Majumdar.
The first round of ARPA-E awards, announced in October 2009, went to projects that used inventive approaches to transform the global energy landscape while advancing U.S. technology leadership.
The latest round was awarded this month and went to projects that could improve energy efficiency in buildings by reducing loads on air conditioners, reduce costs associated with generating electricity from solar power, and improve efficiency and power density of electric machines.
The ARPA-E awards receive $400 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.