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May 07, 2014

ARPA-E Announces $60 Million to Cut Emissions, Boost Energy Efficiency

The Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) on April 29 announced up to $60 million for two new programs to detect and measure methane emissions and develop innovative localized thermal management systems that cut the energy needed to heat and cool buildings.

ARPA-E’s Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities (DELTA) program will make up to $30 million available to help develop innovative localized heating and cooling devices to expand temperature ranges within buildings—enhancing personal comfort while saving energy. While most of today’s heating and cooling systems are designed to heat and cool entire buildings, DELTA seeks to develop both installed and wearable devices that can regulate temperatures in close proximity to a building’s occupants. This localized thermal management will enable buildings to operate in wider temperature ranges while still ensuring occupant comfort, which would dramatically reduce the energy consumption and associated emissions.

ARPA-E's Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR) program will help the oil and gas sector reduce methane emissions and build a more sustainable energy future. The program will make up to $30 million available to help U.S. teams develop low-cost, highly-sensitive systems that detect and measure methane associated with the production and transportation of oil and natural gas. If successful, MONITOR's technologies could accurately and cost-effectively measure methane emissions and provide a detection network to mitigate the release of this greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. See the ARAP-E news release.