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Can Additional Funding Boost ARPA-E’s Tolerance for Risk?

Date: March 14, 2016 at 12:30 PM

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) is responsible for funding transformational energy technologies that are too early in their development to attract private-sector investment. Projects funded by ARPA-E are typically considered high-risk investments due to the long and arduous incubation period for energy technologies. However, in 2015, the 2% of total project applications that ARPA-E funded raised questions about the agency’s tolerance for risk. Because ARPA-E has been under pressure to achieve results quickly, some have suggested that it has been more inclined to invest in projects that have a higher chance of success.… [more]

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