1. Uncle Sam's Battery Bank: ARPA-E Spurs Commercialization of Innovative Storage Technology

    Uncle Sam's Battery Bank: ARPA-E Spurs Commercialization of Innovative Storage Technology

    ARPA-E is celebrating a birthday. The federal research and development program – ARPA-E stands for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy – is seven years old. It was actually created nine years ago, in 2007, but didn’t receive budgetary funding until 2009 when it was granted an initial budget of $400 million as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the stimulus bill that was passed in the wake of the financial crisis.

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    1. ARPA-E fills a critical gap in the innovation ecosystem, investing to de-risk and accelerate the development of high risk, high impact technologies that would otherwise find it difficult to secure investment.
    2. I think we have reached some holy grails in batteries – just in the sense of demonstrating that we can create a totally new approach to battery technology, make it work, make it commercially viable, and get it out there to let it do its thing.
    3. Primus' resulting system delivered five times higher stack power than previous commercial [zinc-bromine] batteries and cycle life that was eight times longer.
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