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Five New Government-Backed Energy Projects that Stand Out

MIT technology review -- The U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E)—one of the few government agencies with solid, bipartisan support in Congress—announced 66 new research projects on Wednesday that will collectively receive $130 million. Here are five projects from the list that stand out.

Liquid fuel from natural gas
The most striking difference between this set of ARPA-E research awards and previous ones is the explosion of natural-gas-related projects, something no doubt prompted by the surge of natural gas production in the United States.

Several projects to receive funding propose to develop technology to inexpensively convert natural gas into chemicals and fuels that are liquid at room temperature. This is something researchers have been trying to do for decades, in part because


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let's hope some work.
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More taxpayer money down the crapper.
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Alrighty then
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Weren't we told the same thing that all the projects that went bust were projects that stand out?
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Thanks for posting this article, NHLiveFree.

Government does have an important role in creating the starts of new technology that eventually becomes businesses.
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When have ignoramuses bothered reading anything DOS?
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:44:46 PM

No reason for the government to let $16 trillion in debt keep them from spending $130 million more.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 6:24:04 PM

Do you NAY Sayers ever read the articles before you comment? The projects the article is talking about are all research projects. And actually the track record on investments in research is rather good.
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Likely to fail with government intrusion.
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$ down the sinkhole
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We will see, track record isn't so good on these "investments".
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then they'll go bankrupt!!
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NedW and LuckLindy - Good comments!!!
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The government should support clean, green, and cheaper energy.
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This is the way to invest in new technology.
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See, several have worked.
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I've got a project recommendation for government. Reduce your work force commensurate with the private sector and, pass on the savings in the form of tax relaxation.
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hope they choose well........
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Government backed = failures.
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The one thing I have seen this administration back with taxpayer dollars is bankrupt solar companies. How many billions have they wasted?
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government? taxpayers back them
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With Obama making future energy restriction, be prepared to see and hear some crazy ####
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wonder what will pan out
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Moving forward with alternatives.
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The liquid fuel from Natural Gas at room temperature would be handy. Some of the others are really reaching. It is interesting to note that the entire cost is about 1/3 what was dumped down the drain a Solyndra and one of these has potential.
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Are these realistic projects or just more of Obama throwing our tax dollars away?
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The alchemists are back at work trying to change "lead" into "gold"...
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We'll see how they pan out.
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Like the Moon project, somethings are worth going after.
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Lets hope they fulfill their promise...
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Some have opinions that research can't be done without the government paying for it.
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I thought this country was broke??
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The Government has to pay for the CEO and other administrators Bonus's from our tax money
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"GE Water and Power is getting nearly $4 million to develop a new kind of wind turbine blade made of cloth stretched over a frame"
I wouldn't call that "new". The old traditional Dutch windmills have had cloth stretched over their blade frames for centuries.
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k
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No, they're not
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Our government is doing the right thing for our energy success of this country in the future.
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good
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We will see
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We will see if the govt lets them thrive.
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Waste of our money.
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Where is the friggin money coming from!? This regime just doesnt get it!! We are broke thanks to them and its time to pay the piper!
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wait and see approach about wasted money . bad projects
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It's good money, if you can get it.
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Down the drain.
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another $130 million taxpayer dollars wasted
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More subsidies and expensive cars.
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Conversion of NG to liquid fuels would be pretty good but, is it feasible?
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Sounds good!!
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Sounds good... $130 million, not bad that is one monthly donation we send
to Egypt. So, if we cut out all the donations that we send the Eastern
countries (so called allies) Congress could BALANCE the budget in a hart
beat....
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