WASHINGTON A new Energy Department research agency has been inundated with "transformational" technology proposals, receiving about 3,500 submissions since April.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) said it has begun evaluating the "concept papers" as part of a $150 million program to develop "transformational energy technologies."
"The large number of submissions ... outstripped the expectations of industry observers and highlights America's capacity for energy technology innovation that can be applied to transformational research and development," ARPA-E officials said earlier this month in a statement.
The authors of concept papers selected by the agency by the end of July will next be invited to submit full proposals. Final proposals will likely be due by the end of August.
Agency officials said they are already planning a future request for proposals for advanced energy technologies.