Commonly known as ARPA-E, the government agency is tasked with promoting, funding and developing advanced energy technologies.

“[ARPA-E] is really supposed to fund somewhat more risky, speculative research that they might not otherwise do,” said Chris Cramer, the University's vice president of research.

This isn’t the first time the Department of Energy has supported University research. The Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center had $12 million in funding renewed earlier this summer. It also funds the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center within the University’s chemistry department.

“[The Department] is a great source of funding for the University, and lots of scientists and engineers have attracted that kind of support because of the expertise we’ve got here,” Cramer said.

Read the full story in the Minnesota Daily.