Flexible capacitors made with a nanoparticle ink (the brown films shown here), could make LED lights cheaper and smaller. They’re part of a power electronics package being developed by the City University of New York’s Energy Institute.
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.