28 Feb '12, 4pm

Energy Field's Long Shots Show Off Their Stuff

Energy Field’s Long Shots Show Off Their Stuff By MATTHEW L. WALD Makani Power Makani’s airborne wind turbine is tethered to the ground with a cable and flies fast in circles. Each propeller makes about 7.5 kilowatts of power that flows back down the cable to the earth. ARPA-E , the Energy Department’s program for betting on long-shot technologies, is holding a convention in Washington this week, and several dozen teams working on unusual ideas showed up to hobnob with potential investors and potential government customers. None of the technologies are ready for the market, but that is as it should be, said Arun Mujamdar, the program’s director. The notion is that the technologies should “swing for the fences,” he said. Most will not reach commercialization, program officials say. In fact, some have already failed and returned unspent federal money to the government. Yet s...

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