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Advanced Research in Dry-Cooling (ARID)


Saturday, February 13, 2016

[Deadline: TBD]


The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) recently announced a new program and
funding opportunity entitled Advanced Research in Dry-Cooling (ARID). The goal of the ARID program is
to develop transformational technologies that can be used to cool power plants and allow a “high
thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency with zero net water dissipation to the atmosphere.”1

ARPA-E intends to provide up to $30 million for the effort and encourages “outstanding” scientists and
engineers to form the program’s new project teams.
The agency is particularly interested in the development of technologies that “incorporate air cooling,
sorption-based cooling, multimode (convection/radiant) cooling, large capacity cool storage, or any
other innovative heat rejection technology.” ARPA-E is also focused on the potential market
penetration of these technologies, and as such seeks to bridge the gap between the scientific advances
of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Thermal Transport Processes Program; the Office of Naval
Research Ship Systems and Engineering Research program, focused on thermal energy management;
and the NSF Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Advanced Dry Cooling Power Plants program.2
ARID was formed in part because of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) heightened emphasis on the
nexus between water and energy as the Obama Administration continues to focus on the implications of
climate change, concerns about water supply as the U.S. population increases, and the impact water
scarcity could have on power generation. The program specifically targets the U.S. power industry’s
dependence upon water cooling to disperse heat from power generation which results in the
evaporation of water into the atmosphere.
Additionally, a May 2013 workshop hosted by ARPA-E on “Advanced Dry Power Plant Cooling”
emphasized the need to develop low-cost cooling technologies for the power sector and also sought to
define the energy efficiency and cost targets for this program. The results of the workshop helped
inform the current funding opportunity announcement (FOA). The proceedings of the workshop can be
found at

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