PARC Showcases Seven Energy Breakthroughs at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

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Washington, D.C.: ARPA-E Energy Innovation SummitPARC, a Xerox company, today announced its presence at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Innovation Summit to be held in Washington, D.C. February 27-March 1. Visit PARC’s Booth 615 to see demonstrations of the ARPA-E-funded technologies and discuss the implications with the researchers who are developing them.

“We’ve seen great strides in the number and types of technologies supported by ARPA-E since we launched our Energy Program in 2006,” said Scott Elrod, VP responsible for  PARC’s Energy Program. “ARPA-E showcases the most advanced and revolutionary technologies that can truly change the world, and we see a wide range of high-impact applications for the technologies we’re showing at the Summit. Government funding and support of long-term fundamental and applied research is critical, and PARC is honored to be an integral part of the work that ARPA-E continues to accomplish.”

Metamaterials-Enhanced Passive Radiative Cooling Panels (ARPA-E Program: ARID): PARC is developing a low-cost, passive radiative cooling panel for hydronic cooling on rooftops for air conditioning.  Simulations show that this can offset HVAC energy usage by as much as 50%..

Collaborative Optimization and Planning for Transportation Energy Reduction (COPTER) (ARPA-E Program: TRANSNET): PARC is developing its COPTER system to identify the energy-efficient itinerary modifications most likely to be adopted by travelers. COPTER will send recommendations for energy-efficient trips before departure, and provide real-time guidance to users to account for traffic or other interruptions. The technology aims to improve energy efficiency without requiring monetary incentives. You can find out more by downloading the COPTER Information Sheet.

Micro-Chiplet Printer (ARPA-E Program: MOSAIC): PARC is developing a prototype printer with the potential to enable economical, high-volume manufacturing of micro-PV cell arrays. PARC intends to create a printer demonstration that uses micro-CPV cells or “chiplets” as the “ink” and arranges the chiplets in a precise, predefined location and orientation, similar to how a document printer places ink on a page.

Smart Embedded Network of Sensors with Optical Readout (SENSOR) (ARPA-E Program: AMPED): PARC has developed a low-cost embedded fiber optic sensing system for batteries to monitor key internal cell parameters during charge and discharge cycles. These advanced fiber optic sensing technologies have shown potential to dramatically improve the safety, performance, and lifetime of batteries and other critical systems.  This systems is currently being tested for automotive batteries by GM. You can find out more by downloading this Information Sheet.

System of Printed Hybrid Intelligent Nano-Chemical Sensors (SPHINCS) (ARPA-E Program: MONITOR): PARC is working with BP and NASA Ames to combine low-cost print manufacturing and NASA’s gas-sensing technologies to develop printable sensing arrays that will be integrated into a cost-effective, highly sensitive methane detection system. By using low-cost printing techniques, the system offers an affordable alternative to more expensive optical methane detectors on the market today.

Scalable Transparent Thermal Barriers for Single-Pane Window Retrofits (ARPA-E Program: SHIELD): PARC and its partners are developing a new windowpane that incorporates a transparent polymer aerogel to prevent thermal losses. The new windowpane will be of similar weight and thickness and could replace existing windowpanes.

Flexible Large-Area Thermoelectric Generators (ARPA-E Program: LATEGs): PARC is developing high-performance, low-cost thermoelectric devices on flexible materials to capture low-temperature waste heat, an abundant and difficult-to-harness energy resource. If successful, development and deployment of efficient flexible thermoelectric technologies would recapture wasted energy.

You can find out more about PARC’s Scalable Transparent Thermal Barriers for Single-Pane Window Retrofits technology by downloading the Information Sheet below.

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About PARC
PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs®. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients. Since its inception, PARC has pioneered many technology platforms – from the Ethernet and laser printing to the GUI and ubiquitous computing – and has enabled the creation of many industries. Incorporated as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, PARC today continues the research that enables breakthroughs for our clients’ businesses. To learn more about PARC, visit or contact

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