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December 9, 2016
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Smart, Safe, Sustainable, and Surging: A Fresh Outlook on U.S. Manufacturing

This five part blog series is an exploration of innovation and game-changing investments in research, development, and deployment of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies that have revolutionized the manufacturing sector.

December 9, 2016
Energy Department Announces American Institute of Chemical Engineers to Lead New Manufacturing USA Institute
$140 Million Investment Aims to Revolutionize Energy-Intensive Industries Through Ultra-Efficient Processes
December 9, 2016
Energy Department Announces American Institute of Chemical Engineers to Lead New Manufacturing USA Institute

Manufacturing USA's Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment Institute will focus on developing breakthrough technologies to boost domestic energy productivity and energy efficiency of manufacturing.

December 8, 2016
David Forrest (center) joins a panel to discuss “The Role of Advanced Materials in the Industry” at Amerikahaus in Austria. Dr. Forrest focused on atomically precise manufacturing and covetic nanomaterials. (Left to right: John Vickers, Associate Director of the Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA Marshall; Diedre Olynick, Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Nanofabrication Molecular Foundry; David Forrest, Technology Manager in the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office; Paul Mayerhofer, Dean of Studies at Vienna Technical University; Christian Chimani, Head of Mobility Department at the Austrian Institute of Technology)
AMO’s David Forrest Attends Prestigious George C. Marshall Visit to Austria Program

Each year since 2007, the Austrian government has brought industry and technology experts from the United States together through the George C. Marshall Visit to Austria Program. The program is designed to connect U.S. change makers together and to highlight Austrian innovations and build a collaborative relationship between the two countries.

December 5, 2016
Hamilton on the Hill!

On December 5, 1791, the first U.S. Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, catapulted manufacturing to the forefront of American politics when he addressed congress on the significance of manufacturing through his Report on the Subject of Manufactures. In his report, Hamilton urged economic freedom by placing a great emphasize on the need to advance the manufacturing sector.

November 28, 2016
Energy Department Announces Nearly $25 Million to Enable Innovative Electrical Motors Used in Manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced nearly $25 million for 13 projects aimed at advancing technologies for energy-efficient electric motors through applied research and development.

November 25, 2016
NOTICE OF INTENT to Issue a Funding Opportunity for Industrial Assesment Centers Technical Field Manager

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001679
Funding Amount: $5,000,000, subject to appropriations

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Industrial Assessment Centers Technical Field Manager.”

This FOA supports EERE AMO technical assistance activities.

November 22, 2016
Additional ISO 50001/SEP Trainers Now Available

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce the expansion of the ISO 50001/Superior Energy Performance® (SEP) training network. Multiple trainers are now available to provide in-house training for organizations. The instructors are not only Certified Practitioners in Energy Management Systems (CP EnMS) but also experts in ISO 50001 and SEP methodology.

November 18, 2016
The main section of the Novomer system which includes a reactor, membrane separation, polymerizer, and controls needed to run the fully automated system which converts waste carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals.
AMO Success Story: Converting Waste to Valuable Materials and Chemicals

For chemical manufacturers, waste usually equates to a loss – loss of time, money, opportunity, or all of the above. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a byproduct of many manufacturing processes, and also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. If manufacturers can find a way to convert waste CO2 into different valuable chemicals, they can save money and reduce harmful emissions into the environment.  

November 16, 2016
AMO Deputy Director Rob Ivester discusses the U.S. manufacturing sector’s energy footprint and the importance of helping manufacturers.
AMO Deputy Director Joins Industry and University Leaders to Discuss the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Innovation is a collaborative exercise that works best when industry, government, and research institutions put their heads together to identify and solve our nation’s biggest challenges. The Government University Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR), which provides a unique forum for dialogue among top government, university, and industry leaders of the national science and technology enterprise, recently held a meeting in Washington, DC on October 25-26.

November 2, 2016
AMO Director Mark Johnson joins a town hall-style discussion at the 2016 National Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Summit in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on October 19.
AMO Director Mark Johnson Tackles Regional Innovation Opportunities

Before we can start tackling the nation’s pressing energy challenges, we first have to discuss what those challenges are and put together a strategy to address them. In the month of October, Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Director Mark Johnson participated in two events that aimed to answer the question, “How can communities and the government work together to find solutions to challenges?” At both of these events, Dr. Johnson joined members of academia, local communities, and the government to focus on specific areas in which communities and the government can work together.

October 25, 2016
Better Plants Partners Celebrated for Reaching Ambitious Energy and Water Goals

2015 was a banner year for Better Plants, with two Challenge partners and eight program partners meeting their goals of reducing energy intensity by at least 25 percent within 10 years. Their leadership brings the total number of energy goal achievers, since the start of Better Plants, to 35. An additional two Challenge partners met their goals under a new Better Plants initiative to save water, an important complement to energy efficiency since energy is used to transport and treat water.

October 20, 2016
AMO Technology Manager Kelly Visconti discusses energy savings opportunities for carbon fiber-reinforced composites.
AMO’s Kelly Visconti Discusses Composites for Clean Energy at CAMX

On Tuesday, September 27, Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Technology Manager Kelly Visconti joined composites industry leaders at the Composites and Materials Expo (CAMX), the largest, most comprehensive composites and advanced materials event for products, solutions, networking, and advanced industry thinking. Nearly 8,000 people attended the four-day event in Anaheim, California which featured 13 concurrent session tracks, 544 exhibiting companies, and 313 expert speakers, all focused on composites and advanced materials.

October 19, 2016
The Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed new technology for manufacturing low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber for transportation, energy, and infrastructure industries.  (Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
AMO’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility Celebrates New Licensing Agreement

Manufacturers rely on applied research and development to verify and validate new ideas, but another test that is just as important is commercialization. How do we take new innovations and bring them to the market so they can make a lasting impact in the way goods are made?

October 17, 2016
AMO Celebrates Manufacturing Day Across the Country

On October 7, 2016, manufacturers across the country opened their doors and hosted events in honor of Manufacturing Day.  Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. The day is an opportunity for manufacturers to offer open houses, tours, and demonstrations and to make announcements of new technologies or manufacturing goals.

October 11, 2016
AMO and FCTO to Partner on Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Activities

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) plans to add $1 million for hydrogen and fuel cell topics related to the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO)-supported multi-lab consortium on roll-to-roll manufacturing capabilities.

October 7, 2016
Why Should Americans Care About Manufacturing Day?

Today we join communities across the nation in celebrating Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing has been a foundation for the nation since 1791 when Alexander Hamilton, our first Secretary of the Treasury, delivered the “Report on the Subject of Manufactures” to Congress.

October 4, 2016
AMO and Better Plants Plays Major Role at the World Energy Engineering Congress

From September 21 to 23, energy leaders came together in Washington, DC for the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), the largest energy conference and technology expo specifically for business, industrial, and institutional energy users in the United States.

September 28, 2016
AMO News
Secretary Moniz Releases Report Showing the Cost Reductions and Rapid Deployment of Clean Energy Technologies

Report details the economic and environmental benefits our nation is already starting to realize thanks to the increased deployment.

September 27, 2016
Department of Energy Invests $1.2 Million to Advance National Lab Partnerships with Manufacturing Leaders

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the initial selections for the second cohort of the Technologist in Residence (TIR) Program.

September 23, 2016
Energy Department’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program Has Saved $3 Billion in Energy Costs

30 New Partners in 2016 Raises Program’s Footprint to 11% of U.S. Manufacturers

September 21, 2016
AMO News
Students Go Back to School, Prepare for Clean Energy Careers

The Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) is investing in programs that ensure the future workforce can meet and exceed the needs of the booming clean energy sector. These educational opportunities set students up for success throughout their careers and help the U.S. remain a global leader in clean energy innovation

September 20, 2016
Innovation Crossroads Launches to Develop the Next Generation of Clean Energy Entrepreneurs

We need an energy revolution—a revolution that will mitigate the impact of climate change while providing affordable and reliable energy to everyone, and transition the United States and the world to a clean energy future.