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22 ARPA-E projects have attracted more than $625M in private-sector investment

To date, 22 ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy) projects have attracted more than $625 million in private-sector follow-on funding after ARPA-E’s investment of approximately $95 million. In addition, at least 24 ARPA-E project teams have formed new companies to advance their technologies, and more than 16 ARPA-E projects have partnered with other government agencies for further development.

To date, ARPA-E has invested more than $900 million across 362 projects through 18 focused programs and two open funding solicitations (OPEN 2009 and OPEN 2012).

In the past year alone, ARPA-E has launched focused programs to improve techniques to manufacture light-weight metals, develop robust battery chemistries and architectures for electric vehicles, biologically convert natural gas to liquids, create innovative semiconductor materials for improved power conversion, and use solar concentration techniques for hybrid solar converters.



One way to stop technical advancement is to buy the technology. Has Arpe-e got any products yets? If not then we'll just have to speculate as to whether they ever will. We don't know if the investers really want the tech to go commercial, however, regardless of what their intent is, they obviously thought it might.

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