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The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, known as ARPA-E, has just awarded some $47 million to seven companies doing innovative work in energy. The money comes under a program ARPA-E calls Scale Up, to help promising new technologies get off the ground. With more, ARPA-E Director Lane Genatowski joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Tom Temin: Mr. Genatowski, good to have you on.
Lane Genatowski: Tom, thank you very much for inviting me.
Tom Temin: Tell us about Scale Up writ large. What is this program? And it sounds like you’ve got several rounds of funding going under Scale Up.
Lane Genatowski: We do. Normally, ARPA funds three to four year projects with about $3 million each on average, and it’s to prove a concept. Scale Up tries to follow on the second part of our statute, which is to take those concepts which we have proven for energy efficiency reasons or anti pollution reasons and basically turn them into things that you can see and scale up into pilot manufacturing or real manufacturing. And I like to say, take things from the lab to the loading dock and give our taxpayers items that they can actually buy and use in the environment.
Tom Temin: And the companies under this latest round, these 7 companies that got a