Wed. Dec 7th, 2022
A crop monitoring robot: like a Roomba, but with more sensors and responsibility.
enlarge / A crop monitoring robot: like a Roomba, but with more sensors and responsibility.

Megan Geuss

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — Last week’s ARPA-E summit was packed with big ideas about the future of energy, and nowhere was that more evident than on the summit’s show floor. In the basement of the sprawling Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, dozens of academic institutions and companies set up booths to showcase what they’d been working on with their scholarship money.

From cars to recycling to turbines for generating electricity to biofuels, the warehouse temporarily turned into a montage of early ideas. Most importantly, it also showcased the scope of ARPA-E’s work: While the Department of Energy’s early-stage grant program was sometimes used solely as a renewable energy accelerator, ARPA-E projects include a variety of fuels and even include some non-energy projects whose application could save industry a significant amount of energy.

Browse the gallery below to see what we mean.

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