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June 24, 2016
AMO Kicks Off Week of Making with Participation in 2nd Annual Maker Faire

The Advanced Manufacturing Office showcased a section of the 3D printed wind turbine blade mold at the National Maker Faire held at the University of the District of Columbia this past weekend. Kicking off the “Week of Making” (June 17-23), over 15,000 people attended this 2-day event discovering the latest gadgets and technologies, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, robots and more.

June 23, 2016
Energy Department Announces Up to $70 Million for New REMADE in America Institute

The Energy Department is requesting proposals for a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute focused on improving technologies and processes to achieve cost parity of recycled and waste materials with primary feedstocks, while improving material efficiency in manufacturing processes.

June 21, 2016
Energy Department Announces $23 Million for Small Businesses Focused on Clean Energy Innovations

Today, the Energy Department announced $23 million in funding for 23 new projects led by small businesses to further develop clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation.

June 20, 2016
FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Winner of New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, brings over $140 million in public-private investment from leading universities and manufacturers to develop smart sensors for use in advanced manufacturing.

June 20, 2016
Improving Manufacturing through Technology and Innovation

Latest institute can help manufacturers better design, measure, predict and control all aspects of the manufacturing process.

June 17, 2016
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AMO to Take Part in 2nd Annual National Maker Faire June 18 & 19

Tinkerers, builders, innovators and spectators of all ages will descend on the Washington DC area this weekend to participate in the Second Annual National Maker Faire held at the University of the District of Columbia, and The Advanced Manufacturing Office plans to join in on the fun.

June 14, 2016
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Global Wind Day 2016 – AMO’s Role in Applying 3D Printing to Wind Blade Mold Manufacturing

Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on June 15 and is dedicated to discovering the possibilities wind holds to reshape our energy systems. This day provides an opportunity for the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) to highlight work we’re doing in partnership with the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO) to support the development of innovative new manufacturing methods for wind power components.

June 13, 2016
AMO Celebrates 40 Years of Industrial Assessment Center Program at Capitol Hill Event

Last week the Advanced Manufacturing Office’s (AMO) Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program was recognized during a bipartisan briefing on Capitol Hill sponsored by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Speakers commended the significant impact that the IAC program has on manufacturers and students alike.

June 10, 2016
AMO Deputy Director Rob Ivester drives a 3-D printed Shelby Cobra near the Golden Gate Bridge during the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial.
AMO Achievements Exhibited for World Energy Leaders at CEM7

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. The Clean Energy Ministerial is the follow-up meeting to the COP21 U.N. Convention of Parties climate change talks last December in Paris. The meeting was also the inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial.

June 10, 2016
From left to right: Dr. Catherine Asaro, Dr. Merrilea Mayo, Dr. David Forrest, Dr. Lloyd Whitman, and Moderator Dr. Shelah Morita.
AMO’s David Forrest Talks Nanobots at Awesome Con

From June 3-5, 2016 the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC was filled with thousands of pop-culture enthusiasts and self-professed “geeks” for Awesome Con 2016. This convention is a celebration of comic books, movies, books, collectibles, costumes, and more. The sci-fi genre is extremely popular at Awesome Con, and this year’s convention included multiple panel discussions which examined the relationship between the technologies portrayed in pop-culture and the realistic limits of technology in everyday life.

June 9, 2016
3M and Schneider Electric Implement ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance and Escalate Energy Savings

Two global leaders in energy management, 3M Company and Schneider Electric, recognized the benefits of a standardized approach to energy management and, in response, are expanding certification of their manufacturing facilities to ISO 50001 and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Superior Energy Performance® (SEP) program. Both companies have been implementing energy management strategies for many years; their initial rollout provided the opportunity to compare traditional approaches with ISO and SEP frameworks.

June 7, 2016
AMO’s Industrial Assessment Center Program to be Recognized at Capitol Hill Event

Today the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program, which is sponsored by the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), will be recognized on Capitol Hill. This recognition follows a Senate resolution that unanimously passed earlier this year designating the week of April 24, 2016 as “National Industrial Assessment Center Week”.  The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen, US Senator for New Hampshire (D) was instrumental in helping to pass the resolution.

June 3, 2016
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Companies with SEP-Certified Facilities Win Energy Management Awards

Cummins, Inc. is one of only three companies worldwide to win the 2016 Award of Excellence in Energy Management from the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), an active forum of energy ministers from 28 countries. This is the inaugural year of the global Energy Management Awards program sponsored by CEM. The organization also issued its Energy Management Insight Award to 32 companies around the globe, including six U.S. companies: 3M; Curtiss-Wright Electro-Mechanical Corporation; Detroit Diesel; Harbec, Inc.; Schneider Electric; and Nissan North America. All U.S.

June 1, 2016
Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Chain Reaction Innovations program launch. From left to right: Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Dr. Peter Littlewood, Director of Argonne National Laboratory; Dr. Mark Johnson, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and Dr. Andreas Roelofs, Director of Chain Reaction Innovations.
Chain Reaction Innovation is DOE’s Newest Investment in the Clean Energy Innovation Ecosystem

Investing in our best and brightest entrepreneurs is crucial to the transition to a global clean energy economy. Despite having great ideas, many innovators run into barriers during early stage development of new ideas and struggle to get new technologies to market. To address these barriers, the Department of Energy (DOE) has established Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs (LEEP), which are sponsored by the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and managed in collaboration with the Technology-to-Market office.

May 27, 2016
Military veterans Daniel Barclay (top left), Keith Striby (bottom left) and Youseff Elkassis (bottom right) are three examples of military participants in the Energy Department’s Industrial Assessment Center program that is helping prepare these soldiers for life outside the military as engineers.
Industrial Assessment Center Program Helps Veterans Learn Valuable Energy Management Skills

U.S. soldiers are participating in an Energy Department supported program that provides hands-on education for #engineering #jobs. The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program, is open to all engineering students at participating colleges and universities, but many veterans find that they can use the program to further develop many skills they obtained through their service.

May 26, 2016
SEP Recertification at Nissan Facility Captures Significant Savings, Bringing Facility’s Cumulative Savings to $2.4 Million

Nissan’s vehicle assembly facility in Smyrna, Tennessee saved $2.4 million in annual energy costs over six years ($1.7 million in operational savings alone) by implementing an energy management system that meets the requirements of ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance® (SEPTM). The facility achieved SEP Silver certification initially in 2012 and recertified to SEP in 2015, earning the Platinum level. Analysis of energy performance improvement data over the six years covered by the two certification cycles shows strong, continued savings.

May 26, 2016
SEP Success Story: Detroit Diesel

This video features Detroit Diesel’s success with DOE’s Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) program. Daimler’s Detroit Diesel Corporation facility earned Platinum SEP certification in November 2015. The video describes how the automotive manufacturer is managing energy and using SEP to track progress, validate savings,  and build confidence for future investments in resource efficiency measures that can stimulate growth and create jobs

May 24, 2016
A sample section of the 3-D printed mold and a piece of the wind blade made from the mold are on display at the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference.
AMO and Wind Program Partnership Highlighted at AWEA WINDPOWER Conference

The Department of Energy’s Wind Program is hosting a booth this week at the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Among the exciting research projects exhibited at the booth is a transformative research collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). The partnership involves applying 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, processes to create molds for wind turbine blades. The processes currently used to manufacture utility-scale wind turbine blades – which can average over 150 feet in length – are complex, energy-intensive, and time-consuming.

May 20, 2016
From left to right: Moderator Ramola Musante, panelists Ron Voglewede, Bill Varley, Rob Ivester, and S. Raghupathy.
AMO Deputy Director Addresses Water-Energy Nexus at 2016 Energy Efficiency Global Forum

Water is a part of every aspect of our lives. We expect the water we drink to be free from harsh chemicals and particles. We rely on it to clean our dishes, wash clothes and grow our food. We may not think about the role water plays in things like the generation of electricity or manufacturing, but it turns out that role is actually quite significant. Water scarcity and water management are major issues for manufacturers and utilities suppliers around the world.

May 17, 2016
From left to right: Moderator Mark Johnson, panelists Dr. Craig Blue, Dean Jones, John Milton-Benoit, Jeffrey Wilcox, and Andy Wilson. Photo courtesy of Council on Competitiveness.
AMO Director Mark Johnson Moderates Panel at American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Northeast Regional Summit

On Thursday, May 12 the Council of Competitiveness and the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) hosted the American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Northeast Regional Summit at City College of New York in New York City. AEMC, the partnership’s fourth annual summit, focused on innovating for a clean energy future and gathered preeminent leaders from industry, academia, labor, national laboratories, and government.

May 16, 2016
AMO Celebrates Progress and Achievement at Better Buildings Summit, Looks to Future Success

The 2016 Better Buildings Summit convened at the Washington Hilton last week, and brought together Department of Energy (DOE) experts, Better Buildings, Better Plants program and Challenge partners, and stakeholders to discuss future opportunities for greater efficiency in America’s factories, homes and buildings.

May 13, 2016
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Notice of Intent to Issue Funding for Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001594
Funding Amount: $70,000,000

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, 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”.

May 10, 2016
The NNMI booth at Hannover Messe 2016. Photo courtesy of PowerAmerica.
AMO Innovations Draw Crowds at Hannover Messe 2016

During the week of April 25-29, over 190,000 visitors took over the city of Hanover, Germany for the 70th annual Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial conference. Throughout the week, world industry leaders attended applications-oriented forums, talks, panel discussions and keynote speakers and shared their wealth of knowledge on the issues facing industry. Over 50 percent of all global primary energy consumed is for industrial use, so Hannover Messe serves as a ‘hot spot’ to discuss and introduce new technologies and practices that cut energy use and implement clean energy technologies. Hannover Messe’s showcase and topic areas such as industrial automation, energy, industrial supply, research and technology, young-tech enterprises, and workforce development line up with the Advanced Manufacturing Office’s (AMO) key research, development, and deployment activities. With both a booth display and a speaking engagement from AMO Director Mark Johnson, the Department of Energy (DOE) had a forum to engage with and educate attendees about AMO’s work and partnership opportunities.

May 9, 2016
Better Buildings Summit Kicks off in Washington, DC

The 2016 Better Buildings Summit kicked off today in Washington, DC, bringing together leading organizations across key sectors to showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20% over the next ten years. During this three day event, partners and stakeholders will exchange best practices, highlight demonstrated market solutions and discuss future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings.

May 5, 2016
Energy Department Requests Proposals for New Institute to Boost Efficiency in Manufacturing

$70 Million Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute will join the Administration’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation