Argonne National Laboratory has opened a new innovation incubator called Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), which is a new two-year program for innovators focused on energy and science technologies. CRI will provide $4.4 million in funds to energy and physical science startups, and it has opened the call for its first startup cohort. Applications are due on August 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM CST.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announces, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing”. The estimated period of performance for the award will be 5 years with the goal of the Institute to be self-sustaining by the end of the project period. Concept papers are due July 28, 2016.
President Obama announced that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy. This institute will enable manufacturers to apply validated tools and technologies to their manufacturing processes, which will improve energy efficiency and productivity across U.S. manufacturing.
On June 1-2, 2016 U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz hosted energy leaders from 23 countries and the European Union at the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco, California. Two projects sponsored by the Advanced Manufacturing Office were displayed in the Startups and Solutions Technology Showcase: the 3-D printed Shelby Cobra and Cyclotron Road.
The U.S. Department of Energy announces the release of the 2016 Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Installation Database, which includes data as of December 31, 2015. The DOE database of CHP installations provides information about CHP systems currently operating in the United States including locations, organizations served, and facility characteristics.
Manufacturing converts a wide range of raw materials, components, and parts into finished goods that meet market expectations. The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) partners with industry, small business, universities, and other stakeholders to identify and invest in emerging technologies with the potential to create high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and enhance the global competitiveness of the United States.
What We Do
We partner with industry, small business, universities, regional entities, and other stakeholders to identify and invest in emerging clean energy technologies. We establish collaborative communities focused on developing and commercializing targeted technologies; play a leadership role in the national interagency Advanced Manufacturing Partnership; and encourage a culture of continuous improvement in corporate energy management. Our investments have high impact, use project diversity to spread risk, target nationally important innovation at critical decision points, and contribute to quantifiable energy savings.
By reducing the life-cycle energy consumption of manufactured goods by 50 percent over 10 years, we will support the creation of high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and enhance the competitiveness of the United States.
Why It Matters
Manufacturing converts a wide range of raw materials, components, and parts into finished goods that meet market expectations. Game changing investments in Advanced Manufacturing—efficient, productive, highly integrated, and tightly controlled processes—have the potential to fill the innovation gap between research and full "to scale" industrial production. As an end-use sector, manufacturing is the most diverse in the U.S. economy in terms of its energy sources, foundational technologies, and the products manufacturing produces. In 2012 (unless otherwise indicated), U.S. manufacturing was responsible for 12.5%  of GDP, direct employment for about 12 million people , and 70%  of all business R&D performed (in 2010 and 2011); and close to 75%  of U.S. exports of goods; production of 17%  of the world's manufacturing output, and 25%  of U.S. energy use.
1 U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Value Added by Industry, Gross Output by Industry, Intermediate Inputs by Industry, the Components of Value Added by Industry, and Employment by Industry (xls)
2 National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Business R&D Performance in the United States Increased in 2011 (pdf)
3 U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. US International Trade in Goods and Services December 2012 (pdf)
4 United Nations. National Accounts main Aggregates Database. GDP and its breakdown at current prices in US Dollars (xls)
5 U.S. Energy Information Administration. Annual Energy Outlook. Residential, Commercial, & Industrial Demand Sector Data Tables