AC Kinetics debuted control software for electric motors (such as the one shown here) that improve performance and efficiency. The company says its algorithms reduce energy consumption by 10 percent to 40 percent, which could extend the range of electric vehicles or make factories more efficient.
The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy funds R&D in energy technologies that are too early for private funders to pick up. It’s funded hundreds of projects since it was first funded in 2009 in areas including carbon capture and storage, power electronics, and solar power.
ARPA-E recently hosted its annual summit near Washington, DC, where researchers have the chance to show off their latest work. Here is a sample of some of the most intriguing projects on display.