06/28/2013

Aiming For ‘Wild and Crazy’ Energy Ideas

28:50 minutes

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, backs energy technologies that are too risky for investors, but offer a potentially huge payoff—if they work. The agency has gambled on flywheels, compressed air energy storage, lithium-air batteries, even wind-energy kites.

Segment Guests

Cheryl Martin

Cheryl Martin is acting director of Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Lewis

Jennifer Lewis is the Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Shilpa Iyer

Shilpa Iyer is a graduate of Comsewogue High School, an incoming freshman at Cornell University, and winner of the Proton OnSite Scholarship and Innovation Program at Port Jefferson Station, New York.

Shweta Iyer

Shweta Iyer is a graduate of Comsewogue High School, an incoming freshman at Stony Brook University, and winner of the Proton OnSite Scholarship and Innovation Program in Port Jefferson Station, New York.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.