DOE’s Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot program is accepting applications from U.S. small businesses interested in working with a national laboratory to address a range of commercialization challenges within 9 different technical focus areas, including advanced manufacturing. Vouchers totaling $12 million are available for rounds three and four of the program. Applications are due November 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.
In honor of Manufacturing Day, AMO Director, Mark Johnson, explains why manufacturing is impactful in the everyday lives of Americans and how it plays a crucial part of the U.S. economy.
Innovation Crossroads is a new program out of ORNL that is supported by AMO and co-managed by EERE’s Technology-to-Market Program. This program seeks to match aspiring energy entrepreneurs with the experts, mentors, and networks in technology-related fields to use up to $350,000 to take their world-changing ideas from R&D to the marketplace.
AMO’s Better Plants program took center stage at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) from September 21-23. AMO experts and industry leaders led panel discussions over topics such as the ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance (SEP) energy management standards, success stories of using onsite energy generation to save money, water and wastewater treatment efficiency, and data-driven energy efficiency.
DOE announced the selectees for the second cohort of the Technologist in Residence (TIR) Program. Three national laboratories will receive nearly $1.2 million to advance collaborative, long-term research and development focused on improving the manufacturing processes of industry partners.
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.
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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