December Newsletter: Exciting news in Paris, ARPA-E awards, Wave Energy Prize, and more

Friends and colleagues,

We're excited to share some updates on the heels of the landmark public and private commitment to expand investment in energy innovation made in Paris yesterday. This historic push couldn't come at a more critical moment. As we cheer on the negotiators in Paris, our team is as committed as ever to supporting the best and brightest energy entrepreneurs in driving their technologies to impact. 

Please read on below for the latest from Cyclotron Road, including two ARPA-E awards won by our cohort teams. As always, thank you for your engagement and support.

The Cyclotron Road team

Spark Thermionics and polySpectra win ARPA-E OPEN funding as part of projects totaling over $7 million

We're excited to announce that Cyclotron Road teams Spark Thermionics and PolySpectra have both been selected for negotiations for 2015 Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) OPEN funding. The award to Spark Thermionics will fund a newly formed spin-out company collaborating with Berkeley Lab and Stanford University, along with several additional partners. 

ARPA-E OPEN awards are granted to support the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. Read more about their awards on our website and check out the ARPA-E press release. Congratulations to both of these teams!

CalWave advances to final 20 in DOE Wave Energy Prize

Cyclotron Road's CalWave team has advanced to the final 20 competitors in the U.S. Department of Energy Wave Energy Prize. CalWave, led by project lead Marcus Lehmann, was selected by a panel of experts from a pool of 92 applicants. For the next phase of the prize, teams will test a 1/50th scale wave energy converter in simulated wave tank tests before finalists are announced in March 2016. Teams are competing for more than $2 million in prize money. Read the Wave Energy Prize press release.

Dan Riley and Jared Schwede featured on White House blog

Spark Thermionics project leads Dan Riley and Jared Schwede were recently interviewed for the White House blog by Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In the conversation, Riley and Schwede discussed their technology, their reasons for joining Cyclotron Road, and their day-to-day here at Berkeley Lab. Read the interview.

Read our GTM guest post: A Leaner Launchpad for Hard Technology


Many have been calling for greater public and private investment in early stage energy technology R&D. Yesterday, in Paris, global leaders from both the public and private sectors have made a major commitment to do so. In a recent guest post for Greentech Media, we argue that to scale energy innovation, we must explore new institutional structures alongside efforts to increase financing. Read the guest post. 

What inspires us? Check out our inspiration page to find out!

Cyclotron Road is built on the ideas of a broad range of thinkers whose provocative ideas get us out of bed every morning. Most recently, Carnegie Mellon professor and Aquion Energy founder and CTO Jay Whitacre's call to action in MIT Technology Review caught our attention and got our team fired up. As we continue to search for pieces of thought leadership that challenge the status-quo and embody our efforts, we'll share them with you on the inspiration page of our website. Check it out and let us know what you think!