ARPA-E Announces New Funding Opportunity to Develop Ultrahigh Temperature Materials

ARPA-E recently announced up to $28 million in funding for a new program, ULtrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE). The ULTIMATE program will develop and demonstrate ultrahigh temperature materials that can operate in high temperature and high stress environments of a gas turbine blade. Projects will specifically target gas turbine applications in the power generation and aviation industries.

Gas turbines are used for a variety of applications, from aerospace engines to industrial power generation. Natural gas turbines currently produce an estimated 35% of the electricity generated across the United States. Improving turbine efficiency will create opportunities to generate more energy savings, lower carbon emissions, and benefit the economy in these sectors as well as many others.

The ULTIMATE program will improve the efficiency of gas turbines by increasing the temperature capability of the materials used in the most demanding environments, such as the turbine blade. Projects will develop novel ultrahigh temperature metal alloys and coatings integrated with advanced manufacturing processes.

For more information on ARPA-E’s ULTIMATE program, click here. T Additional information, including the full funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and how to find project teaming partners, is available on ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE. Please contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs as soon as possible if you plan to submit a concept paper and/or proposal. The internal deadline for these proposals is June 1, 2020.