ARPA-E - Metals Recycling R&D
SMI University client was part of a team which proposed a revolutionary approach to recycling aluminum that eliminated the economic incentive to ship US aluminum scrap overseas. The original proposal was submitted to the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Open solicitation, and although it received good reviews, was not selected for funding.
SMI facilitated meetings between the team and the ARPA-E program manager who was interested in metals recycling. This discussion helped the program manager understand the technology gaps and market barriers to greater recycling of aluminum scrap and resulted in a written summary for a project that was directly incorporated into a subsequent solicitation focused on metal processing and recycling.
SMI supported the team in preparing the proposal in response to this shaped solicitation; the proposal was ultimately selected for a $3.0 million award.