Washington, D.C., August 2, 2012 — The Department of Energy announced that 19 new projects will receive a total of $43 million in funding from the DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop energy storage technologies and support small businesses.
These projects are supported through two new ARPA-E programs — Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)— and will focus on innovations in battery management and storage to advance electric vehicle technologies, help improve the efficiency and reliability of the electrical grid and provide important energy security benefits to America’s armed forces.
Twelve research projects are receiving $30 million in funding under the AMPED program, which aims to develop advanced sensing and control technologies that could dramatically improve and provide new innovations in safety, performance and lifetime for grid-scale and vehicle batteries.
Unlike other DOE efforts to push the frontiers of battery chemistry, AMPED is focused on maximizing the potential of existing battery chemistries. These innovations will help reduce costs and improve the performance of next generation storage technologies, which could be applied in both plug-in electric and hybrid-electric vehicles.
ARPA-E is also announcing a total of $13 million for seven projects to enterprising small businesses to pursue energy storage developments for stationary power and electric vehicles. These projects will develop new innovative battery chemistries and battery designs, continuing ARPA-E’s funding for storage technologies.