An opinion piece in The Hill, co-authored by senior research fellow Anna Goldstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, says the federal Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is playing a key role in supporting development of technologies that will help ease the transition from reliance on fossil fuels. The authors say this agency needs support and funding to boost the technological advances needed to reshape the energy environment.
As Goldstein and her co-author Venkatesh Narayanamurti write in The Hill, “The world needs clean-energy breakthroughs. As we scale up existing technologies to displace fossil fuels, we also must work to create new technologies that will ease the transition to a low-carbon future. Whether it’s large-scale energy storage, advanced biofuels, or next-generation nuclear reactors, clean energy innovation is an essential part of any sensible climate policy. Luckily, the U.S. has a powerful tool in place to support clean-energy innovation: the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which announced its first projects 10 years ago today.” (November 2019)