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April 19, 2009 / or4green

ARPA-E. FREEDM. A green OR building.

The development of ARPA-E is underway. It is the energy version of the US agency DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). ARPA-E received $400 million under the latest stimulus package. Follow this link for a recent article about it, and this one for testimony from Dr. Stephen Chu about ARPA-E from 2006, well before he became US Energy Secretary. The latter includes this description by Dr. Chu:

The agency would itself perform no research, but would fund work conducted by universities, startups, established firms and national laboratories.

FREEDM Systems Center is an NSF-sponsored consortium of universities working on the development of “green energy grid infrastructure”. Features will include smart-grid technology, distributed energy management, the ability to run independent of the central grid, and more. NC State seems to be at the helm. See the site for more.

ORFE-Princeton
Princeton’s OR/Financial Engineering building (shown above) is green. Read more about its green roof, energy efficiency, etc. here and through the links within.

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