The US Department of Energy recently awarded funding to six programs for a total of $9.6 million in funding under the department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program. Three of the six projects received funding of over 2 million dollars apiece. The other three each received an amount between one-half and we choice cialis femele three-quarters of a million dollars. Each of these programs offers the potential for significant advances in their respective fields.
"By investing in transformative ideas now, we are laying the foundation for a new clean energy future," said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. "The ARPA-E program is helping to ensure U.S. leadership in science and technology, restore our global competitiveness, and create thousands of http://www.sinai.org.il/indian-generic-cialis jobs."
The major projects are for an airborne wind turbine from Makani Power, a nanostructured permanent magnet from GE Global Research, and a supercritical fluid thermal energy storage system from UCLA. Makani Power's airborne turbine is a tethered wing used for power generation at significantly lower cost than conventional horizontal-axis wind turbines. GE's nanostructured magnets would reduce the need for critical rare-earth elements and provide increased performance for electric machines including hybrid vehicles and wind generators. UCLA's supercritical fluid thermal energy storage system would replace current two-tank molten salt storage used at solar thermal power plants with a supercritical fluid that would double energy density and cost less than 70 percent of the cost of current systems. The minor projects are for a nanotechnology membrane-based dehumidifier to dehumidify moist air with a polymer that is air permeable but not moisture permeable, a cryogenic carbon capture system for flue gasses, and an optofluidic solar tracking concentrator.
Edit: Updated to include all of first paragraph.
written by Asaf Shalgi, September 27, 2010
written by Ecover US Blog, September 28, 2010
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