The Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) is a Department of Energy initiative focused on increasing American competitiveness in Clean Energy Manufacturing. CEMI is hosting a series of regional and national summits to gather input on manufacturing priorities, identify barriers and opportunities for growing clean energy manufacturing competitiveness, and showcase national and regional models that address these priorities. These summits foster regional stakeholder networking and partnerships among business leaders, technologists, state and municipal policy makers, economic development organizations, and university leaders.
Midwest Summit: Toledo, Ohio – June 21, 2013
The University of Toledo hosts the Midwest summit to identify regional strengths and opportunities in clean energy manufacturing and industrial energy efficiency. Breakout sessions will addressed ways to strengthen regional innovation capacity and highlight key federal resources and enabling factors to support economic development efforts in the Midwest. Keynote speakers included Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Dr. David Danielson, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio), U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (9th District, Ohio), and Craig O'Connor, Director, Office of Renewable Energy & Environmental Exports at the Export-Import Bank.
At the Midwest summit, a CEMI working group discussed volume manufacturing of lightweighting materials (LWMs) with exceptional strength-to-weight ratios as a critical means to create significant reductions in manufacturing and energy costs, enable a wide array of consumer and industrial products, realize next-generation wind turbines, and improve vehicle and aerospace efficiencies.