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Solar & Alternative Energy

Chu looks to past research structure for energy innovations

CNet GreenTech
2 March 2010

Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees the solutions to today's energy challenges in the work of scientists in decades past. Chu delivered the opening keynote on March 2 at the first ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, where he used examples of historic technology breakthroughs as the model for making new discoveries in clean energy. The Department of Energy is seeking to re-create the structure of research that yielded great technology jumps, such as the precursor of the Internet or the laser.

Chu announced $100 million in Recovery Act funding will be made available to accelerate innovation in green technology, increase America's competitiveness and create new jobs. The three areas of focus included in the latest funding opportunity are:

  • Grid-Scale Rampable Intermittent Dispatchable Storage (GRIDS)
  • Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology (ADEPT)
  • Building Energy Efficiency Through Innovative Thermodevices (BEET-IT)

Full story from CNet GreenTech
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit
ARPA-E solicitation
More headlines from the summit:
GE's Immelt: U.S. lagging in clean energy (CNet GreenTech)
ARPA-E(mpty): Fantastic Program; Not Enough Money (GreenTechMedia.com)