Earlier this year, we announced the launch of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the newest addition to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs (LEEP), which are sponsored by the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and managed in collaboration with the Technology-to-Market office.
On Tuesday, July 12, the 19th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo and Policy Forum was held at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. Representatives from various businesses, trade associations, and government agencies came together to showcase clean energy technologies and discussed the significant impact they have in business development and job creation in the manufacturing, transmission, power, transportation, and building sectors.
Collaboration allows partners to leverage their unique capabilities and resources to achieve something more than the sum of their individual parts. Our nation’s competitiveness relies on our ability to work together to innovate in areas like clean energy and manufacturing to achieve common goals and spur job creation. One such common goal is the development of revolutionary new composite materials and ways to reuse and recycle them in manufacturing.
Polymers play a critical role in the things we touch and use every day. They are used to make things like plastics bags and bottles, materials for clothes, medical devices such as syringes, components for phones and computers, and light-weight composites for planes, cars, and buildings. Polymers also have applications in batteries for large scale energy storage from renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.
Our country is known for its culture of innovation. We are a country of innovators. Innovation in the manufacturing sector has given us a competitive edge in the global economy with revolutionary new products invented and made here. In the last few decades exciting new digital technologies have emerged that can connect devices and networks to make communication easier.
Industry plays a large role in the work that the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) undertakes. The relationship between AMO, academia, national labs, and industry partners is symbiotic – we each bring individual strengths and perspectives which when combined can fuel innovation in U.S. manufacturing. Our partnerships are vital to reducing barriers to the commercialization of cutting-edge clean energy technologies and practices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.