ARPA-E’s new funding program seeks to develop solar technologies that go beyond current photovoltaic and concentrated solar power models. Research will specifically confront the greatest performance weakness of existing solar technologies and a major obstacle for improving cost competitiveness: providing consistent energy supply when the sun is not shining.
Washington Heading for Another Round of Devastating Cuts to Energy Innovation
Both the left and the right use inspiring and lofty rhetoric about elevating U.S. international competitiveness, stimulating economic growth, and spurring innovation, but this messaging often fails to translate into deliberate policy action. A perfect example is the rhetoric and reality surrounding federal investment in energy innovation.