26 Feb '13, 5pm

The Best—And Craziest—Ideas at the ARPA-E Future Energy Pitching Session

The Best—And Craziest—Ideas at the ARPA-E Future Energy Pitching Session

Last night at the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E ) Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C., eight early-stage energy startups had three minutes to sell a panel of high-level angel investors and venture capitalists on their hair-brained schemes. The ideas on the table ranged from innovative geometries for vehicle natural gas tanks to wireless electric vehicle charging schemes; here are three that stood out to me. Altenera Technology : Rotation-free, noiseless wind power The Altenera BreezeBee is a wind turbine that doesn't turn. Okay, so it's not really a turbine. It is instead a grouping of vibratory "reeds." The hexagonal panels incorporating these reeds can snap together "like LEGOs," making the idea scalable to virtually any size. Chase McCarthy, who presented the idea to the panel, says the first goal is to combine the BreezeBee with solar installations...

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