A little-known but highly effective federal agency is helping companies develop energy technologies not yet ready for venture investment.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s version of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency credited with developing the Internet and GPS. While DARPA promotes the development of new technologies for the military, ARPA-E invests in disruptive ideas to create America’s future energy technologies.January 15, 2015 |
While technological advances and consumer demands accelerate the pace of innovation in electric power generation, distribution and consumption, it is grid integration and public policies that ultimately will determine how rapidly and well those advances are deployed.
This was the consensus expressed by energy experts convened at the first-ever Energy Thought Summit at Research Triangle in Raleigh Nov. 12 to examine the complexities facing an electric power industry being turned on its head by rapid change.December 2, 2014 |
Building Smart Cities through Smart Energy, Transportation and Water
Join the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and some of the area’s cleantech innovators to talk about how the Research Triangle Region is leading the smart city revolution!June 24, 2014 |
Whether facilitating world-leading talent or drawing billions of dollars in research funding, higher education institutions have been at the heart of the Research Triangle Region’s economic success, business leaders told a gathering of over 900 at today’s State of the Research Triangle Region breakfast in Durham. The annual event highlighted accomplishments for the region during the past 12 months, including corporate relocations and expansions, the addition of new hard assets and progress made toward the region’s five-year strategic plan.May 22, 2014 |
It’s true: the buzzwords that come with talk of “smart cities”–smart economy, mobility, environment, people, living, and governance–don’t include the word “trash.” It’s also true that solid waste management has not had a prominent place in conversations about how to build a smart city.May 12, 2014 |
We can all agree that technology is key to our economic growth and opportunity. But how we leverage today’s innovations for everyone’s benefit is a more complex question. Leveraging technology begins and ends with how we access it. Increasingly, that requires access to ultra high-speed broadband networks.April 25, 2014 |
Utilities today face challenges that were not part of the equation for most of the industry’s 100-year history. With the realization of the smart grid — and its two-way communications networks and millions of intelligent devices — utility staffers are at the forefront of not only how to manage the influx of data, but how to leverage it for business improvement across many different functions.April 12, 2014 |
Do you have employees wanting to charge their electric vehicles at work or are you an employee wanting to charge at work? Does your company have a policy about PEVs? Learn what companies are doing to get ready for PEVs at their place of business and test drive the latest PEVs on the market..April 2, 2014 |
Indeed, the Research Triangle Region is an epicenter for cleantech corporate locations and echoes the conference’s theme of technology convergence. And the market-shaping technologies announced at DistribuTECH mean dollars and jobs landing in our region.February 11, 2014 |
This has been an incredible week for the Research Triangle Region, Raleigh, and NC State University. Here are a couple more quick thoughts . . .January 17, 2014 |
President Obama announced yesterday the creation of the $140 million Next Generation Power Electronics Institute which will be headquartered at NC State’s Centennial Campus. The Institute will be a consortium of companies and universities that will develop the next generation of energy efficient electronic chips and devices.January 16, 2014 |
A lot is being said about various threats to the electric utility business model. At their root, many of those threats are really a fundamental misalignment between utilities’ revenue model and their customers’ own financial needs and service preferences. More often than not, solar PV figures centrally in these conversations. But a new and unexpected threat is emerging: street lights.December 18, 2013 |