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As we finish up another year, it is exciting to see the energy developments that are going to market. Time magazine recently had a wonderful cover story on the "50 Greatest Inventions" of the past year www.time.com . Our story #3 also shows a simple but very effective free energy invention (with a two minute video) that is taking over the third world countries and a very current assessment of the Chinese solar industries ability to keep up with thin-film technology. Of course it is thrilling to see a man keep up with a jet plane, perhaps inspired by the Iron Man movies, and see the JetPak you can buy...see story #1. How about the emerging electric car market? We have the latest scoop right from the Jay Leno show discussing in story #2 the latest book and future developments of the electric car with a video. IRI is negotiating a cooperative agreement with the latest ARPA-E Summit (Feb 27-29) occurring just before our SPESIF-COFE event (Feb 29-March 2, 2012). Story #5 describes the energy summit sponsored by the USDOE. This leads us into the last story #4 which gives you the first glimpse at the progressive and adventurous titles of papers being presented at SPESIF 2012. Hope you can join us in person or on the web (webcasting will be announced when it is available). Please also note our end of the year fundraising drive for IRI in the sidebar. A single membership is a big deal to us and maybe that is all you can afford. Any support (which is 100% tax-deductible since we are a charitable organization) is greatly appreciated as we tackle future energy, propulsion and bioenergetics for the New Year!
Lastly, if you know any student who is an inventive genius, our friends over at the Thiel Foundation http://www.thielfellowship.org/ asked us to help spread the word about their fellowship program, which offers $100,000 grants to innovators age 19 or younger, if you apply before December 31, 2011. The 2011 class of Thiel Fellows includes 24 people who are tackling breakthroughs in hardware and robotics, making energy plentiful, making markets more effective, challenging the notion that there is only one way to get an education, and extending the human lifespan. Several of them have already launched companies, secured financing, and won prestigious awards. As they're demonstrating, you don't need college to invent the future (you can read about their progress in a recent article in TechCrunch).
1) Jetman & Other Alternative Vehicles
By Martin Hone , Aero Gizmo, 04:22 November 30, 2011http://www.gizmag.com/jetman-flies-in-formation-with-jets/20673/
Ed. Note: As new energy sources come on board, this and other inventions will simply upgrade fuel tanks or energy packs to improve efficiency. See the related story on the the Martin $80K jetpack or the electric multicopter for example. A last minute present for the CEO executive who has everything! - TV
Jetman's death-defying aerial antics took another turn recently, when he teamed up with a pair of jets for some formation work. In what could easily have turned into a replay of Icarus's last adventure, Jetman (Swiss pilot Yves Rossy) strapped on his tiny wings and leaped from his rotary-wing elevator to meet up with his bigger brothers.
The wing carries four small jet engines and has no control surfaces like a regular aircraft, rather Jetman relies on body movement to control his trajectory, not that easy when flying formation only meters away from some hot and heavy metal at 125 mph (200 km/h) plus!
Jetman's previous adventures include crossing the English Channel, flying across the Grand Canyon and performing loops, as well as numerous appearances at airshows around the world.
What other exploits he and his team will dream up remains to be seen, but I am sure there is plenty more innovation to come.
Yves Rossy is the Jetman (15 minute dynamic video):
Source: Jetman via Dvice
First-ever manned flight of an electric multicopter takes place in Germany
By Ben Coxworth
11:22 November 1, 2011 http://www.gizmag.com/first-manned-multicopter-flight/20345/
German aircraft company e-volo has accomplished what it claims is the world's first manned flight of an electric multicopter
By now, most readers are probably pretty familiar with quadracopters - small hovering unmanned electric aircraft, which get their lift from a set of four propellers. Well, make the whole thing larger, boost the number of propellers (and accompanying motors) to 16, and you get what German aircraft developer e-volo calls a multicopter. While the company has previously demonstrated unmanned drones, on October 21st it accomplished what it claims is a world first - a manned flight.
The flight took place at an airstrip in southwest Germany, and lasted one and a half minutes. Thomas Senkel, a physicist and designer/builder of the multicopter, piloted the aircraft from a center-mounted seat, using a handheld wireless control unit. The flight consisted mainly of maneuvering the multicopter around within a fairly small area - no sense in getting cocky.
"The flight characteristics are good natured," Senkel said afterward. "Without an steering input it would just hover there on the spot."
According to e-volo, its multicopter is simpler in construction and mechanics than a helicopter, and safer - it can reportedly land even with up to four of its motors failed, and its propellers experience much less wear. Onboard computers running custom firmware control the rotational speed of the propellers, dictating the attitude (horizontal orientation to the ground), altitude and direction of travel of the aircraft.
Potential flight times range from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on payload and battery capacity.
The e-volo team are also working on a commercial version of the manned multicopter, which they hope will be ready for the marketplace "at an affordable price" within the next few years. They state that a gas/electric hybrid model is a possibility, to increase flight time to at least an hour.
The first manned electric multicopter flight can be seen in the video below.
The world's first manned electric helicopter flight was achieved earlier this year. Technically, at least by current definitions, there's no such thing as a multicopter, but we expect it will become part of the language eventually.
Interestingly, e-volo's Stephan Wolf went to great pains to point out that the company's new flight machine was not a helicopter. "It uses a completely different technology compared to standard helicopter technology, which we now consider obsolete", he said.
The Martin Jetpack
By Tannith Cattermole
It's been a long time coming. While Arthur C. Clarke's satellites have taken to space, and James Bond's futuristic mobile technology has become common place, still the dream of sustained personal flight has eluded us. But the future is here! Finally we can all take flight as Martin Aircraft in New Zealand releases the first commercially-available jet pack!
A bit of history...
Like many science fiction concepts, the jetpack design has become firmly entrenched in the collective psyche: ask anyone to draw you a jetpack and they will give you a man with two fiery pods strapped to his back gravitating him skyward. We owe much of this to James Bond's Thunderball, which served to advertise the most successful of all the jetpack inventions; the Bell Rocket Belt.
Developed by the U.S. military in 1961 with the aim of producing an all-terrain vehicle to move military commanders around a battlefield, the Bell Rocket Belt could only maintain flight for 26 seconds on a full tank of fuel. After the film was released the subsequent clamoring for sales only served to prove what a marketable product a jetpack might be if one could be properly developed. Sadly with such limited application the Bell Rocket Belt was consigned merely to film work and TV appearances.
More recently, aside from the exploits of a brave few like Yves Rossy, attempts to realize a one-person flying machine ranging from flying exoskeletons to ion-propelled and water-drive technology have failed to gain momentum.
In 1998 and Martin Aircraft of Christchurch New Zealand was formed with the specific aim to build a jetpack that improved on the Bell Rocket Belt's record fly time by 100 times. The concept, developed by Glenn Martin, manager of Martin Aircraft in 1981, was verified by the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Since then nine prototypes have been developed and it is lucky number nine that in 2005 broke the mold and achieve sustained flight times.
The Jetpack is constructed from carbon fiber composite, has a dry weight of 250 lbs (excluding safety equipment) and measures 5 ft high x 5.5 ft wide x 5 ft long. It's driven by a 2.0 L V4 2 stroke engine rated at 200 hp (150 kw), can reach 8000 ft (estimated) and each of the two 1.7 ft wide rotors is made from carbon / Kevlar composite.
There is always risk associated with flying so Martin Aircraft has been careful to equip the pack with redundant systems that will take over in the event that the main system goes down. If a crash-landing is required, a pilot-operated toggle will rapidly fire a small amount of propellant deploying a ballistic parachute (similar to a car airbag) which will allow the pilot and jetpack to descend together. It also has an impact-absorbing carriage, patented fan jet technology and 1000 hours engine TBO (Time Between Overhaul). Small vertical take-off and landing aircraft (VTOL) are not subject to the same limitations as other helicopters and fixed wing aircrafts but Martin Aircraft have built it to comply with ultralight regulations and therefore suggest it as at least as safe to operate, and claim it is the safest of all jetpacks yet built.
The Jetpack achieves with 30 minutes of flight time and is fueled by regular premium gasoline, though you will undoubtedly earn some disbelieving stares at the petrol station. Since it has been built according to ultralight regulations no FAA recognized pilot's license is required to fly one in the U.S., though this will depend on a country's specific requirements. However, despite being significantly less complex than a helicopter to fly as pitch and roll are controlled by one hand, thrust and yaw by the other, Martin Aircraft won't let anyone take receipt of their jetpack before completing their specially-developed Martin Aircraft Company approved training program. The pilot must also weigh between 140-240 lbs.
Tell what I really want to know: how can I get my hands on one?
After nine prototypes Martin Aircraft have an accurate expectation for how much a jetpack will cost, and suggest that at $86,000 it is pitched at the level of a high-end car. As sales and production volume increase they expect this to drop to the price of a mid-range car. A 10% deposit buys you a production slot for 12 months hence; progress payments are made during manufacture with final payment due on delivery. Details and a deposit contract are available from their Martin Aircraft's website.
And when will I be able drive it to work? Again it's a waiting game as currently air traffic control technology is not yet advanced enough to cope with jetpacks, but the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is developing "highways in the sky" technology - 3D highways based on GPS tracks. Initial tests have been positive but the technology is unlikely to be implemented for another 10 years yet so for the meantime initial use will remain recreational as with jet-skis, snowmobiles and ultralights. Until then we'll keep waiting and watching the sky.
2) Tesla and Free Energy on Jay Leno Show
By Sebastian Blanco Dec 13th 2011
Our friend Jim Motavalli can easily play the absent-minded professor, but he's whip-smart when it comes to fuel-efficient vehicles. Back in 2000, he wrote a book called "Forward Drive: The Race to Build "Clean" Cars for the Future" and he's just followed that up with a new tome called "High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry." It's because of this new book that he sat down with Jay Leno recently for a short video book club.
High Voltage seems to be (we haven't read it yet) a sort of text version of Chris Paine's new movie Revenge of the Electric Car. The book goes deeper than the film, according to its Amazon page, looking not only at the race to build plug-in cars but also at the charging infrastructure and the changes that electric vehicles will bring to our modern world.
Leno's obviously a fan, writing a blurb for the book that says, "Electricity has always been the best way to power an automobile. At the dawn of the last century, electric cars were the future, and 100 years later they're the future again. For that reason, I'm sure you'll find this book fascinating." Ed Begley Jr., Paine and the hosts of Car Talk also contribute positive comments, so if you trust any of those people, you may want to check out the book. Until then, you can watch Leno and Motavalli talk about the book after the jump.
|3)Solar Bottle Bulb Lights Up Lives|
Bibi Farber, NextworldTV Press Release, Dec. 21, 2011, http://www.nextworldtv.com/page/5048.html
Ed. Note: Sometimes the most useful free energy innovation can be the most low tech utilization. However, IRI recommends www.solatube.com for roofs that are thicker than just a piece of corrugated metal. Bring the sun indoors today and fight seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as well! - TV
Water + Bottle + Sun= Light
A "light bulb" now exists that does not use any conventional energy.
Introducing the Solar Bottle Bulb -- an alternative source of daylight powered by the sun. It is made from an old soda bottle. By filling it with water and sealing it into the roof, the water refracts the sun's rays and provides about 55 watts of light to a darkened room.
This video introduces you to the village of Sitio Matigaya in the Philippines where hundreds of these bottles have been installed. The villagers are saving money on electric bills, and literally seeing a big difference in their lives.
|Video of Solar Bottle|
This was invented in 2006 by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It can be built and installed in less than 1 hour, and uses inexpensive or recycled materials. The water is mixed with some bleach to kill algae and does not need replacing for about 2 years.
The organization Myshelter Foundation through Isang Litrong Liwanag plans to light up a million homes in the Philippines by 2012! They call it "A Liter of Light".
More power to them!
Also visit www.isanglitrongliwanag.org to donate or volunteer.
ANOTHER STORY ON SOLAR
CHINESE SOLAR MACHINE
Kevin Bulls, MIT Technology Review, January,February 2012
Ten years ago, solar panels were made mostly in the United States, Germany, and Japan. Chinese manufacturers made almost none. But by 2006, the Chinese company Suntech Power had the capacity to make over a million silicon-based solar panels a year and was already the world's third-largest producer. Today Chinese manufacturers make about 50 million solar panels a year-over half the world's supply in 2010-and include four of the world's top five solar-panel manufacturers. What makes this particularly impressive is that the industry elsewhere has been doubling in size every two years, and Chinese manufacturers have done even better, doubling their production roughly every year.
This dominance isn't due to cheap labor in Chinese factories: making solar cells requires such expensive equipment and materials that labor contributes just a small fraction of the overall cost. Nor is it because the Chinese companies have introduced cells that last longer or produce more power: by and large, they make the same type of silicon-based solar panels as many of their competitors around the world, using the same equipment. They have succeeded in large part because it's faster and cheaper for them to build factories, thanks to inexpensive, efficient construction crews and China's streamlined permitting process. The new factories have the latest, most efficient equipment, which helps cut costs. So do the efficiencies that come with size. As a result, Chinese manufacturers have been able to undercut other makers of silicon solar panels
and dash the hopes of many upstarts hoping to introduce novel technology.
But the solar market is rapidly evolving, and technological innovations are becoming increasingly essential. Though demand for solar power continues to grow around the world, the market is flooded with photovoltaic panels: worldwide production capacity more than doubled from 2009 to 2010 and continued to increase in 2011. The overcapacity was so great that last fall, Chinese manufacturers had trouble selling solar panels for more than it cost to make them. In such a market, the way to differentiate your product-and charge enough to stay afloat-is to make it better than your competitors'.
For solar manufacturers today, that means inventing cells that are more efficient at converting light to electricity. As the price of solar panels has fallen, installation costs have come to account for a greater percentage of solar power's cost. Customers want panels that are more powerful, so that they can install fewer of them. From now on, the best way for Chinese manufacturers to lower the cost per watt of solar power may not be by lowering manufacturing costs but, instead, by increasing the number of watts each panel generates. "The game is now changing," says Mark Pinto, executive vice president of energy and environment solutions at Applied Materials in Santa Clara, California, the world's largest supplier of solar manufacturing equipment. "Before, it was all about scale. Now it is about conversion efficiency while keeping the cost down."
This might sound like bad news for Chinese manufacturers that have focused on scaling up standard technology. But their experience in building conventional solar panels could help them implement new designs that significantly boost the performance of silicon solar cells. Over the years, these manufacturers have lowered costs in part by developing better ways to manufacture the cells. That's given them an understanding of what works and what doesn't on the factory floor. They also have the capital and the engineers to help them translate newer technologies into mass production. They might not have initially set out to commercialize those technologies, but now, having mastered the market for conventional solar panels, they're poised to do just that.
In 2010, when the U.S. secretary of energy, Steven Chu, gave a speech to the National Press Club laying out his case that the United States was falling behind in advanced manufacturing, Suntech Power was his Exhibit A. He had toured its factory, and he was impressed by what he'd seen. "It's a high-tech, automated factory," he said. "It's not succeeding because of cheap labor." Not only that, he noted, but Suntech had developed a type of solar cell with world-record efficiencies.
Chu's assessment might have surprised some observers, but Suntech's record-setting solar cells
are impressive. The technology that goes into them takes advantage of changes in both design and manufacturing technique. The conductive metal lines that collect electric charge from the silicon aren't created with screen-printing methods, as is standard. Instead, Suntech uses a proprietary process to deposit much thinner, more closely spaced lines that are more efficient at extracting electricity from the cells. The changes have allowed the company to reach efficiency levels and cost reductions that an industry road map released in 2011 had set as targets for 2020. "When you put all those things together, we are not only doing better than what people are doing now," says Stuart Wenham, the chief technology officer at Suntech. "We are also doing better than what they think they could be doing in 10 years."
So far, Suntech has made relatively few solar panels based on the new technology. Instead, it has focused its resources on tweaking manufacturing processes to decrease the cost of making conventional silicon solar panels. But that could soon change. This year Suntech has started to increase production of the new cells, and now it can make enough of them annually to generate 500 megawatts of power-roughly 2.5 million solar panels. That achievement owes much to the company's success as a producer of the conventional products.
The technology behind the new cells was developed in the 1990s at the University of New South Wales, Australia, but the techniques used in the lab were too expensive for commercial production. It was a "horribly sophisticated process" including photolithography, vacuum deposition of "quite exotic metals," and "all sorts of chemical processes," says Wenham, who is also head of the photovoltaics research program at UNSW and was formerly a professor of Suntech's CEO and founder, Zhengrong Shi. According to Wenham, the technology remained a lab curiosity for decades until Suntech's researchers figured out how to adapt it to an assembly line. "They came up with a simple, low-cost way to replace all of that while achieving the same results," he says. The new technology could increase the power output of a standard-sized solar panel from 205 watts to 220 watts or more-and the cells costs less to produce than conventional ones.
Individual parts of the technology were quickly successful. Suntech introduced these into its standard manufacturing lines, with an eye to keeping just ahead of its competitors in terms of cost and efficiency. Scaling up the complete process, however, was a challenge. A pilot manufacturing line was up and running in 2009, but the company had to develop and implement new equipment to get yields and production rates to the point that the process was economical. Here Suntech's position as a market leader with experience in developing new manufacturing equipment proved critical. Not only did the company have the expertise it needed to improve the process; it also had the funds to keep working on the technology for years without its bringing in significant revenue.
Suntech isn't the only Chinese solar manufacturer to identify promising new technology and find ways to produce it at a large scale. Last September, Yingli Green Energy, based in Baoding, announced that a partnership with a Dutch research center, ECN, had yielded solar panels that could convert 17.6 percent of the energy in sunlight into electricity; the average is just over 14 percent. "ECN made the technology available to anyone in the world who wanted it," �Wenham says. "Yet it's only been Yingli that's taken that technology and worked out how to make it in large-scale production, at low cost."
Even now that Chinese solar manufacturers are shifting focus from production to innovation, there may be limits to what they can do with their chosen material, crystalline silicon. This material is attractive because the industry knows how to work with it, thanks in part to decades of research in silicon microchips. But compared with some other semiconductors, it's lousy at absorbing sunlight. Some alternatives, like gallium arsenide, can be made into films of material that can generate as much electricity as a typical silicon cell but are just a hundredth as thick, potentially reducing material costs. Such thin films can also be flexible: they could be rolled up, reducing packaging and shipping costs, and they could be built into roofing shingles to reduce installation costs.
Yet despite their potential advantages, it has been difficult for thin-film solar cells to compete with the ever decreasing costs and improving efficiency of crystalline silicon ones. One company, Arizona-based First Solar, has succeeded in developing low-cost manufacturing techniques for thin-film solar panels, but these methods use a material-cadmium telluride-that results in panels less efficient than silicon ones. Other companies have tried to compete with silicon by using higher-efficiency thin-film panels of copper indium gallium selenide. Some of them, however, have had to declare bankruptcy and close their factories after failing to lower manufacturing costs fast enough.
Despite these struggles, Wenham believes that thin-film technology will eventually challenge conventional solar panels. If that's true, Chinese makers of crystalline silicon solar cells may not dominate the market forever. But the strategy of first scaling up conventional technology and then introducing innovative designs to keep lowering the cost per watt of solar power has put them in a good position to maintain their lead for years. In the meantime, some, like Suntech, are working to produce thin-film panels of their own. When thin films do replace crystalline silicon, it could be Chinese manufacturers that make them.
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4) Space, Propulsion & Energy to be Featured at
Valone, Thomas, Integrity Research Institute Press Release, December 22, 2012 www.futurenergy.org
Our upcoming space, propulsion and energy conference speaker and author list is now being posted for our Feb. 29- March 2, 2012 SPESIF-COFE5 event at the University of Maryland. We are still accepting abstracts and papers so you may send in your abstract right away to my email address and, if you choose to do so, draft paper when it is ready (before the end of January). The final paper will be due February 15, 2012. We plan to publish the Proceedings after the conference with Elsevier Science. You may also send in a proposed abstract and paper without having to present it in person, and it will appear as an Invited Paper in the Proceedings of SPESIF.
Summary of SPESIF 2012 Papers
(titles shortened for brevity)
Clovis Jacinto de Matos Gravitational Modification of the Quantum Vacuum
Hashemian et al. Health Monitoring System for Fission Surface Power
Binder Transforming Fluctuations or Random Waves into Spin
Baker et al. Gravitational Wave Generator Apparatus
Woods Li-Baker High Frequency Gravitational Wave Detector
Putnam Calculating the Universal Gravitational Constant
Fresco Propulsion by Ion Linear Alignment and Ion Accelerator
Froning et al. EM Fields for Reducing Energy Needs for Nuclear Fusion
Bouchard Universe, Dark Matter and Faster-Than-Light Speed
Williams Electrically Charged Clocks: Relativity to Electrodynamics
Fresco Torque of Solute Ion Coulomb Force Monopole Motor
Dmitriyeva et al. Zero Point Energy Emission from Gases in Casimir Cavity
Bass et al. Advanced RTG for Planetary Landing Missions
Komerath et al. Efficient Conversion for Gigawatt Space Solar Power
Ludwig Magneto-Acoustic Resonance for Tuning Coler Apparatus
Goodwin Proposed Dark Energy Experiment Using Fullerene
Wanis et al. Field Induced Forces Space Applications & Manipulation
DeBiase Are Casimir Forces Conservative?
Djordjev Topology of the Change
Dmitriev Substantiation of Artificial Change of Body Weight
Valone Electrokinetics as a Propellantless Propulsion Source
Carter Podkletnov Experiment
Potter The Onion-Drive Space Vehicle (portion of new book)
Nagel Low Energy Nuclear Reactions: Science and Commerce
Solomon An Introduction to Gravity Modification (new book)
Eubanks Stellar Industrial Archeology
Lundquist The Science and Science Fiction of Robert L. Forward
Tahan Sound-Based Analog of Cavity QED in Silicon
Howerton Overview Effect
The authors' abstracts and affiliations will also be posted on the conference website shortly.
SPESIF includes a great Fifth International Conference on Future Energy for February 29 - March 2, 2012 and we look forward to your continued support and participation. My wife and I have hosted several energy conferences in the past with Integrity Research Institute, so we have sufficient experience to make this one a success too!
All of the papers from COFE4 that were submitted this year are now online. ALL SPESIF2011 and COFE4 papers download for FREE (pdf): Physics Procedia - ScienceDirect (c) Elsevier B.V.
Note the quality publisher that has been contracted for COFE4 and COFE5 to replace the American Institute of Physics publisher. We feel that Elsevier is better in many regards and also most importantly, embraces all of the energy topics that we entertain and promote.
Please click here for a Review of the past 2011 COFE4
Visit the SPESIF-COFE5 website at www.futurenergy.org
Early public registration (only $195) http://www.integrityresearchinstitute.org/COFE/Reservations.html
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5) 2012 ARPA-E Summit features Bill Gates, Fred Smith & Lee Scott
New York, NY - The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) Director, Arun Majumdar, announced yesterday that the Agency will hold its third annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit from February 27 - 29, 2012 at the Gaylord Convention Center just outside Washington, D.C. Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft; Fred Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx; and Lee Scott, former CEO of Wal-Mart; will join Secretary Chu and Director Majumdar as distinguished keynote speakers.
"After two successful Summits, I'm excited to once again bring some of our nation's top thought leaders to Washington to discuss the importance of research, development and deployment of game-changing energy technologies." said Director Majumdar. "Engagement by business executives such as Bill Gates, Fred Smith and Lee Scott in the Summit emphasizes the critical link between the private sector and government funded R&D for innovation in energy technologies and highlights the important role innovation plays in enabling business, economic growth, and national security."
Now in its third year, the Summit is designed to unite key players from all sectors of the nation's energy innovation community to share ideas for developing and deploying the next generation of clean energy technologies. The event is co-hosted by ARPA-E and Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI).
Last year's annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit attracted more than 90 speakers and 2,000 attendees from 49 states and 20 countries. Attendees included members of research and development institutions, global corporations, technology entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and government officials.
The event will feature a technology showcase with more than 150 exhibits from ARPA-E-funded projects and applicants in areas such as grid-scale storage, power electronics, batteries for electric vehicles, building efficiency, advanced carbon capture and electrofuels. The showcase will also feature new ARPA-E programs such as rare earth alternatives, plant engineering for fuel applications, advanced thermal storage, network integration architecture for the electrical grid, and power electronics for PV applications. A wide range of other energy technologies and new topic areas will also be discussed at the Summit.
In addition to an expanded showcase, the 2012 Innovation Summit will once again feature America's top businesses focused on developing energy technology. The Summit connects top corporate businesses with clean energy researchers and entrepreneurs with the goal of building lasting partnerships for commercialization. Some of last year's corporate participants include Lockheed Martin, Dow, Dupont, Battelle and Bosch.
Many more speakers will be added in the coming months. To register for the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit and for the latest news on the Summit program, please visit: http://www.energyinnovationsummit.com.
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