ARPA-E recently announced up to $38.5 million in funding for a new program, Rapid Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR). The program will sponsor new technologies to rehabilitate cast iron and bare steel natural gas distribution pipes by creating a new pipe inside the old pipe.
GMA has a lot of infrastructure funding experience that will help you in being successful with this submission. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more. Natural gas is an abundant domestic energy resource that provides 31% of current U.S. primary energy. U.S. natural gas prices are among the lowest in the developed world, which provides a competitive advantage in global markets. Domestically, utilities provide natural gas service to 75 million+ residential and 5 million+ commercial customers through a network of 1.2 million miles of distribution main lines and 900,000 miles of service lines across the nation. Legacy cast iron and bare steel pipes make up 3% of the nearly 2 million miles of utility pipes in use, but account for a disproportionate number of leaks and failures compared with more recently replaced infrastructure. The REPAIR program will develop smart coatings, robotic tools to line the inside of pipes, inspection tools to verify the integrity of the pipes, and mapping tools to enable 3D renderings of pipes and adjacent underground infrastructure. For more information on ARPA-E’s REPAIR program, click here. To apply for funding, visit ARPA-E eXCHANGE here.