ARPA-E Innovation Summit focuses on ‘outside-the-box’ American energy solutions

When it comes to nurturing innovation in American energy, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is our country’s “outside-the-box” dreamweaver, and it promises to kick into high gear this week during the 2012 Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, DC.

ARPA-E’s mission is simple: “To focus on creative ‘out-of-the-box’ transformational energy research that industry by itself cannot or will not support due to its high risk but where success would provide dramatic benefits for the nation.”

And solving the world’s next-generation energy needs requires “genuine transformation in the ways we generate, store and utilize energy,” ARPA-E says.

In other words, it wants researchers to think BIG — to think 22nd-century big. And you just can’t think 22nd-century big without thinking about chemistry.

Chemistry innovations make it possible to produce more kinds of domestic energy and electricity, expanding America’s domestic energy portfolio and helping to make the nation more energy secure.

This week’s Innovation Summit includes a Technology Showcase featuring many of the latest chemistry-driven innovations in energy, including grid-scale storage, batteries for electric vehicles, building efficiency, and advanced carbon capture.

Learn more about how chemistry is helping to shape the next generation of energy.

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