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New England scores seven ARPA-E awards

Sep 30, 2011   |   by Michelle Lang   |   Mass High Tech

The U.S. Department of Energy revealed 60 new research projects in 25 states today as recipients of $156 million in Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funding. Of those 60, seven stem from universities and organizations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The ARPA-E project recipients all focus on developing clean technology and advancing alternative energy in the U.S.

To date, ARPA-E has accounted for $521.7 million in funding awards to 180 projects in 12 program areas. Today’s announcement of the new projects also includes the addition of five new program areas:

  • PETRO (Plants Engineered to Replace Oil), accounting for $36 million
  • REACT (Rare Earth Alternatives in Critical Technologies), making up $31.6 million
  • HEATS (High Energy Advanced Thermal Storage), taking $37.3 million
  • GENI (Green Electricity Network Integration), making up $36.4 million
  • Solar ADEPT (Solar Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology)

accounting for $14.7 million of the total ARPA-E awards this year.

The New England recipients of ARPA-E funding include:

Under the REACT program
• Dartmouth, Hanover, N.H. – $397.433, for the development of bulk nanocrystalline manganese-aluminum alloys with improved magnetic properties [Ian Baker].

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