27 Feb '13, 5pm

Energy Storage Front and Center at ARPA-E Summit

Energy Storage Front and Center at ARPA-E Summit

The Technology Showcase at the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C., is dotted with projects from companies, national labs, and universities that aim to change how we produce and use energy. They're all ARPA-E awardees, meaning they fall under a number of broader project categories , but what's clear from wandering the floor is how many of them are related to energy storage. A few examples of innovative energy storage projects that ARPA-E is helping get off the ground: Beacon Power : Scaling up the flywheel Flywheels are an old idea, so why has ARPA-E given Beacon Power more than $4 million ? Because this is no ordinary flywheel. "The improved design [pictured] resembles a flying ring that relies on new magnetic bearings to levitate, freeing it to rotate faster and deliver 400 percent as much energy as today's flywheels." Well then...

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