Senior Fellow & Director of Energy Innovation Programs Drew Bond participated as a panelist at an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) discussion of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) and its versatile role in clean energy innovation.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) fills key gaps in the U.S. energy innovation system. Its funding yields new science that is relevant to energy innovators and leads to the creation of game changing new companies, services, and products.
Bond shared his experiences with ARPA-E as a former Senior Advisor for Technology Commercialization appointed by President George W. Bush. Bond helped spur the transfer of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies from the labs to the market. He describes his role as helping those technologies bridge the “valley of death” between when technology R&D occurs and when it becomes commercialized.
He also shared his thoughts on a new report, ARPA-E: Versatile Catalyst for U.S. Energy Innovation, published by ITIF Senior Fellow Professor David M. Hart, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University and Michael Kearney, MIT Sloan School of Management.