ARPA-E awards $35M to 12 new projects to support medium-voltage devices for grid, industry and transportation

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Today’s power distribution networks are primarily powered by alternating current (AC) electricity, but DC can provide lower distribution losses and higher power carrying capacity. BREAKERS projects include: Drexel University, Ultra-Efficient Intelligent MVDC Hybrid Circuit Breaker – $4,413,913. Drexel University aims to design a significantly more efficient, fast, low-cost, compact, and reliable circuit breaker for medium-voltage direct-current (MVDC) power system.

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President Obama launches $500M Advanced Manufacturing Partnership; Ford involved as an initial partner

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US President Barack Obama today launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies such as information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. Leading universities and companies will compliment these federal efforts helping to invent, deploy and scale these advanced technologies.

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ARPA-E awards $130M to 66 “OPEN 2012” transformational energy technology projects

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The projects are based in 24 states, with approximately 47% of the projects led by universities; 29% by small businesses; 15% by large businesses; 7.5% University. Researchers from Colorado State University will develop a system. University. Cornell University will develop a compact reactor that distributes sunlight more efficiently for use in algae-fuel production. University of. The University of Colorado Boulder will use nanotechnology to.

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MIT analysis finds current EVs could replace ~90% of personal vehicles now on the road based on driver’s energy consumption

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A study by a team at MIT has concluded that roughly 90% of the personal vehicles on the road in the US could be replaced by an electric vehicle available on the market today, even if the cars can only charge overnight. The detailed GPS data was collected by state agencies in Texas, Georgia, and California, using special data loggers installed in cars to assess statewide driving patterns.

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