April 28, 2009

DOE funds ARPA-E, 46 research centers

The Department of Energy has given life to the Advanced Research Projects Agency -- Energy (ARPA-E) with $400 million in funding. At the same time, the department has more than doubled the money allocated to Energy Frontier Research Centers.

ARPA-E, formed by Congress in 2007 but unfunded until now, is modeled on the Defense Department's DARPA and will perform high-risk, high reward research.

The DOE is also providing $777 million to create 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers around the country, most at universities. The centers will carry out basic research aimed at producing breakthroughs that will allow renewable energy to displace fossil fuels.

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