The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to USD30 million in funding to develop next-generation, high-energy storage solutions to help accelerate the electrification of the aviation, railroad, and maritime transportation sectors.
“The Pioneering Railroad, Oceanic and Plane ELectrification (PROPEL-1K) program—managed by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)—aims to develop energy storage systems with “1K” solutions achieving 1000 Watt-hour per kilogram (Wh/kg) and 1000 Watt-hour per liter (Wh/L),” according to an ARPA-E press release. “This effort supports President Biden’s goal to achieve a net-zero carbon emissions economy by 2050.”
“Developing next-generation energy storage technologies is essential to reaching the President’s ambitious goal to electrify the transportation sector and achieve a net-zero economy by mid-century,” said ARPA-E Director Evelyn N. Wang. “With this new program, ARPA-E is supporting exciting new ideas in pursuit of these ambitious targets.”
“Transportation is responsible for approximately 29% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually in the United States,” according to ARPA-E. “Light duty vehicles—passenger and small commercial vehicles—account for 58% of transportation GHG emissions, and battery-powered electric vehicles have emerged as a lower-emissions solution for many applications.
“The majority of the remaining 42% of transportation GHG emissions is attributed to long-distance trucking (23%), aviation (8%), railroads (2%), and maritime (3%). Batteries and fuel cells represent potential solutions. However, for heavy-duty vehicles, vessels and aircraft, the maximum achievable energy density for both existing and anticipated next-generation electrochemical energy storage technologies is currently too low.
“In response, PROPEL-1K will motivate alternative approaches to energy storage to ultimately achieve a significant improvement compared to existing state-of-the-art options”. The programme aims to develop exceptionally high-energy storage solutions, to enable regional flight up to 1000 miles on aircraft transporting up to 100 people.
“Visit the ARPA-E eXCHANGE website for more information about PROPEL-1K, including key guidelines and dates for applicants.”
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