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ARPA-E Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0000288: Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology (ADEPT)

ARPA-E seeks to invest in materials for fundamental advances in soft magnetics, high voltage switches, and reliable, high-density charge storage.  These investments will be coupled to advanced circuit architectures, and scalable manufacturing processes with the potential to leapfrog existing power converter performance while offering reductions in cost.  Specifically, three categories of performance and integration level will be considered: 1) fully-integrated, chip-scale power converters for applications including, but not limited to, compact, efficient  drivers for solid-state lighting, distributed micro-inverters for photovoltaics, and single-chip power supplies for computers, 2) kilowatt scale package integrated power converters by enabling applications such as low-cost, efficient inverters for grid-tied photovoltaics and variable speed motors, and 3) lightweight, solid-state, medium voltage energy conversion for high power applications such as solid-state electrical substations and wind turbine generators.  Deploying advanced power electronics could provide as much as a 25-30 percent reduction in electricity consumption – or 12 percent of total U.S. energy consumption.  Innovations in power electronics could lead to significant reduction in costs, which would promote U.S. businesses through technological leadership.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/3/2010 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/24/2010 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/18/2010 2:00 PM ET – 6/22/2010 5:00 PM ET