DOE Selects Energy Research And Development Projects

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected energy research and development projects designed to revolutionize how the country uses, stores and produces energy.

Funded with $9.6 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the projects round out the selections made by the DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

‘By investing in transformative ideas now, we are laying the foundation for a new clean energy future,’ says Energy Secretary Steven Chu. ‘The ARPA-E program is helping to ensure U.S. leadership in science and technology, restore our global competitiveness and create thousands of jobs.’

GE Global Research will receive $2.2 million for its nanostructured permanent magnets. GE plans to develop next-generation permanent magnets that include a lower content of critical rare-earth materials.

GE will develop bulk nanostructured magnetic materials, resulting in a dramatic increase in performance over state-of-the-art magnets, according to the DOE. The impact of these new magnets will be to increase the efficiency and power density of electric machines while reducing dependence on globally critical rare-earth minerals. These magnets are designed to further enable market penetration of wind turbine generators and hybrid vehicles by U.S. manufacturers.

Makani Power Inc. will receive $3 million for its airborne wind turbine (AWT). A high-performance wing connected to the ground by a tether will be developed to demonstrate autonomous flight, power generation and flight modes under a wide range of wind conditions.

Due to its enhanced performance at lower wind speeds, the AWT technology has the potential to expand the area suitable for wind power and deliver energy at a significantly lower cost than conventional horizontal-axis wind turbines, according to the DOE.

The proposals were reviewed based on scientific and technical merit and the potential to dramatically advance national energy and economic goals.

SOURCE: The U.S. Department of Energy

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