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July 2, 2015
The 42,000 sq. ft. Carbon Fiber Technology Facility offers a highly flexible, highly instrumented carbon fiber line for demonstrating advanced technology scalability and producing market-development volumes of prototypical carbon fibers, and serves as the last step before commercial production scale.
Carbon Fiber Technology Facility Set To Scale Up Industry

The Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF) at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers a unique, highly flexible, highly instrumented research space for demonstrating ways to scale up and bring down testing costs of carbon-fiber prototypes for use in new polymers and products to manufacture larger land-based wind turbine blades and lighter vehicles with improved fuel efficiency. The 42,000-square-foot facility can make up to 25 tons of carbon fiber each year, enabling industry to experiment with new carbon-fiber precursors, or base materials, at a small scale.

June 24, 2015
Left: Gary Bertoline, Dean of Purdue Polytechnic Institute; Kelly Visconti, Technology Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office; John Dennis, Mayor of West Lafayette; Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University; R. Byron Pipes, John Leighton Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering; Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce; Leah Jamieson, John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering; and Dan Hasler, President of the Purdue Research Foundation
Designing the Future of Advanced Composites Manufacturing

Advanced composites are cutting edge materials you may have never heard of. These materials—such as carbon-fiber composites—are three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals. That’s why they are normally only found in expensive, high-tech products such as satellites and racing cars. But their potential will soon be realized for boosting America’s competitiveness in manufacturing clean energy products like electric vehicles, wind turbines, and more efficient industrial equipment.

June 19, 2015
Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency Report to Congress Released

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce the release of Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency, prepared as directed by the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (Act).  DOE prepared this report with collaboration from nearly 50 experts, including representatives from industrial associations, combined heat and power (CHP) groups, environmental stewardship organizations, associations of state governmental agencies, and federal governmental agen­cies. 

June 18, 2015
Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Dr. David Danielson speaks during the launch of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation in Knoxville, Tennessee. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Institute for Advanced Composites Helping America Lead on Clean Energy Manufacturing

Newly launched Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation will work to lower the overall manufacturing costs of advanced composites by 50 percent.

May 20, 2015
Photo Courtesy of FuelCell Energy, Danbury, CT
AMO Announces Successful Completion of Industrial-Scale Combined Heat, Hydrogen, and Power System

AMO recently joined with FuelCell Energy of Danbury, CT to celebrate the completion of their successful partnership project at their Torrington, CT manufacturing plant. In addition to the generation of heat and power exceeding 75% efficiency, this unique CHP system also provides a stream of high purity hydrogen for use in manufacturing operations.

May 7, 2015
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3D Printed and Semiconductor Technology 'Mash-up'

What will you get if you put a 3D-printed inverter package with wide bandgap materials, together with the 3D-printed EV version of the Shelby Cobra “plug and play” laboratory-on-wheels? You’ll get innovation – innovation that will define even lighter, more powerful, and more efficient vehicles.

April 9, 2015
Pennsylvania Manufacturing Plants Recognized as Leaders in Energy Management

On April 7, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized four Pennsylvania manufacturing plants owned by Curtiss-Wright, General Dynamics, Land O’Lakes, and Mack Trucks for their leadership in energy management by earning certification to Superior Energy Performance®.

March 30, 2015
Advanced Manufacturing Office Update, March 2015

March 2015 Update from the Advanced Manufacturing Office

March 26, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Next Generation Electric Machines, Zero Energy Buildings, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

March 24, 2015
Attend a Webinar on AMO's Next Generation Electric Machines Funding Opportunity

An Informational Webinar on the the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): Next Generation Electric Machines: Megawatt Class Motors to give applicants an overview of standard procedures regarding the EERE Office and FOA process will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT.

March 23, 2015
Schneider Electric Boasts Ten Facilities Certified to Superior Energy Performance in North America

Schneider Electric has doubled the number of sites earning SEP certification since announcing their first five SEP-certified facilities in October 2014. The company’s most recent SEP certifications include two Platinum level facilities in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and Clovis, California, which improved their energy performance by more than 15% over three years. Facilities in Peru, Indiana and Columbia, South Carolina earned Gold level certification, while the Rojo Gomez, Mexico location earned Silver level certification.

March 19, 2015
AMO FOA Targets Advanced Components for Next-Generation Electric Machines

AMO’s Next Generation Electric Machines (NGEM) program announced up to $20 million is now available to develop a new generation of energy efficient, high power density, high speed integrated medium voltage (MV) drive systems for a wide variety of critical energy applications.

March 16, 2015
Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance, Inc. Now Available as Accredited SEP Verification Body

The U.S. Department of Energy is pleased to announce that Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance, Inc. (LRQA) is now a fully accredited Verification Body for Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™). This ANSI-ANAB accreditation enables LRQA to provide third-party verification for industrial facilities that wish to demonstrate energy management excellence and sustained energy savings to earn SEP certification.

February 19, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's FY2016 Budget Request, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

February 12, 2015
AMO Industry Day Workshop, February 25th, Targets Smart Manufacturing FOA

AMO will host an Industry Day workshop to explain the concept, vision, and technology needs associated with support for a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, Atlanta, GA.

February 4, 2015
Notice of Intent: Upcoming Funding Opportunity for Next Generation of Electric Machines Projects

The Advanced Manufacturing Office intends to issue a new funding opportunity for work to develop Next Generation of Electric Machines (NGEM). NGEMs combine high power density, high RPM motors with integrated power electronics.

January 26, 2015
Advanced Manufacturing Office Update, January 2015

January 2015 Update from the Advanced Manufacturing Office

January 15, 2015
3D Printing a Classic

The team from the Oak Ridge Manufacturing Demonstration Facility is at the Detroit Auto Show this week to display their latest accomplishment: a 3D-printed, electric-motor driven, Shelby Cobra.

January 15, 2015
Register today! Professional Training for Certified Practitioners in Energy Management Systems

Energy professionals are invited to the Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems training on February 24–27, 2015 in Chicago, IL. The training provides energy professionals with the ability to lead an industrial organization through the development and maintenance of an energy management system, helping to implement ISO 50001 requirements and prepare for Superior Energy Performance (SEP) certification.

January 12, 2015
AMO's New Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Will Focus on Reducing Energy Use

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation announced by President Obama today is a public-private consortium of 122 leading U.S. manufacturers, universities, and non-profits that will focus on advanced composites—materials that are three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals. These advanced materials have the potential to transform products ranging from wind turbines to automobiles. This new Innovation Institute, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee and led by the University of Tennessee, will receive $70 million in federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office.

January 9, 2015
Pictured above is the Shelby Cobra, a vehicle 3-D printed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Using advanced composites and 3-D printing both cut the car's weight in half and improved performance and safety. | Photo by Carlos Jones.
Building a More Competitive American Manufacturing Industry with Advanced Composites

Our new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites will help revolutionize clean energy technology one material at a time.

January 6, 2015
Better Buildings, Better Plants Look Ahead - January 22, 2015

On January 22 the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program will host a webinar presentation on some exciting new initiatives and notable energy-saving accomplishments. Webinar topics include: Reducing energy intensity in manufacturing supply chains, cutting back on industrial water use, water and wastewater sector outreach, and expanded In-Plant Training opportunities.

December 19, 2014
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Save the Date! Pennsylvania Strategic Energy Management Showcase 2015

Attend the Pennsylvania Strategic Energy Management Showcase on April 7, 2015, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania, and learn about the Better Plants Program and Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™). The Showcase includes presentations on how Better Plants and SEP work and the valuable tools and resources they offer to industrial manufacturers and facilities.

December 17, 2014
<em>Photo courtesy of Volvo Group Trucks</em>
Latest Certification Gives Volvo Top Three Plants at Platinum Level of Superior Energy Performance®

AMO is pleased to announce that the Volvo Group Trucks facility in Hagerstown, Maryland, has become the third facility within the Volvo Group to be certified to the Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) program and to ISO 50001. The facility improved its energy performance by 20.9% over three years to achieve SEP certification at the Platinum level.

December 11, 2014
AMO to Issue FOA for New Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing Office posted a Notice of Intent (NOI) entitled “Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms and Modeling for Manufacturing.” President Obama announced that the Energy Department will lead this competition. The NOI supports the creation of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms and Modeling for Manufacturing (ASCPMM).