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Yale University receives $2.6m ARPA-E funding for R&D project

Campus, Yale University, U.S. (source: flickr/ reinholdbehringer, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 9 Dec 2012

Yale University receives $2.6 million in funding through DOE ARPA-E Open 2012 program for development of power generation from waste heat with closed-loop membrane-based system.

In late November, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding of $130 in total for 66 “transformational or breakthrough technology projects”, as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) “Open 2012” program.

As part of this funding round, Yale University was awarded $2.65 million for “Power Generation from Waste Heat with Closed-Loop Membrane-Based System”, which could be applied to geothermal wells.

Yale “will develop a system to generate electricity using low-temperature waste heat from power plants, industrial facilities, and geothermal wells. This system will use waste heat and the difference in salt content between two liquid streams to create electricity through membrane processes known as pressure-retarded osmosis (PRO) or reverse electrodialysis (RED). This technology could produce electricity from waste heat at low cost.”

Source: ARPA-E announcement of Nov. 28, 2012, Project details ARPA-E funding (pdf)