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April 29, 2016
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AMO’s Blake Marshall Joins Industry Leaders for Discussion About 3D Printing and the Environment

On Thursday, April 14, hundreds of industry leaders, researchers, and “Maker Community” members converged at the Rayburn House Office building for 3D/DC 2016, one of the nation’s preeminent 3D printing policy events. Hosted by The American Society Of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Public Knowledge, 3D/DC 2016 featured several panel discussions on topics such as STEAM Education, the Arts, the Environment, Bridging the Workforce Skills Gap, and Social Impact. Blake Marshall, a physical scientist and technology manager for the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), served as a panelist for the 3D Printing and the Environment panel. Blake manages research and development programs that advance the state of the art in additive manufacturing technologies for the AMO. He engaged with a diverse group of participants and highlighted some of AMO’s activities in 3D printing research and development. A major focus of the environment panel was the positive impact that 3D printing could have on the environment and the importance of developing recyclable feedstocks for additive manufacturing to further increase sustainability.

April 27, 2016
North American Governments Announce Pilot Program to Accelerate Regional Adoption of the Energy Management Standard ISO 50001

Today, energy ministries from Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced that nine companies will join the North American Energy Management Pilot Program to promote implementation of the ISO 50001 international energy management system standard.

April 25, 2016
Manufacturing Institutes Exhibit American Innovation at Hannover Messe

The 70th annual Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial fair, kicked off this week in Germany. Hannover Messe is one of the largest conferences in the world and drives conversation about innovation and issues affecting industry worldwide. The United States is the official Partner Country joining Germany to host the event this year, and we’re excited that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) is getting in on the action.

April 22, 2016
Using Life Cycle Energy Analysis for More Sustainable Manufacturing

Earth Day is a great reminder of the importance of caring for the environment, but in addition to April 22, the Department of Energy (DOE) works year round to address climate change issues and ensure energy security for the U.S. While conscientious energy use is critical to addressing threats from climate change, the issue can be more complicated than just increasing efficiency in energy-intensive sectors like manufacturing.

April 22, 2016
PHOTOS: 11 Carbon-Fighting Energy Technologies

Scroll through the photo gallery to see just a few of the ways the Energy Department is addressing climate change through technologies that cut carbon pollution, grow the economy and protect the planet.

April 20, 2016
Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Dr. Dave Danielson addresses national industry leaders and stakeholders in his remarks at the 2015 AEMC Summit.
Clean Energy Manufacturing Leaders to Convene at Northeast Regional Summit in New York

Our latest summit, the American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Northeast Regional Summit: Innovating for a Clean Energy Future, will be held on May 12 at the City College of New York. The AEMC partnership – established in 2012 – is a joint effort between the Department of Energy and the Council on Competitiveness. Registration is now open to take part in this fourth annual event.

April 13, 2016
3 Reasons to Attend the 2016 Better Buildings Summit HINT: Industry Experts, Networking, Recognition

Space is still available for the 2016 Better Buildings Summit, taking place May 9-11 in Washington, DC. This year’s Summit features a range of opportunities for manufacturers to gain new technical knowledge in energy systems operations, learn the latest energy-saving best practices and technologies, and network with peers on successful Better Plants and Better Buildings solutions.

April 8, 2016
<em>Photo courtesy of Zeton, Inc.</em>
Notice Of Intent To Issue Funding For Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute

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 "Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing”. This public-private partnership will be the fourth Energy Department sponsored facility as part the Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (NNMI) and presents significant opportunities to advance technologies to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in energy-intensive and energy-related manufacturing.

April 6, 2016
White House Announces Eighth Manufacturing Innovation Institute

On Thursday, April 1, the White House announced a new institute which will focus on revolutionary fibers and textile manufacturing. This new institute is the eighth manufacturing hub to be awarded as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).

April 6, 2016
Energy Department Announces Funding to Train Engineers, Provide Energy Assessments for Small- and Medium-sized Manufacturers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced approximately $35 million in funding, subject to congressional appropriations, to assist small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers with increasing their energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability and competitiveness and to help address the shortage of engineering professionals with applied energy-related skills.

April 4, 2016
(From left to right: Moderators Vicki Needham and Peter Shcroeder; Panelists Stephen Ezell, Dr. Mark Johnson, and Greg Scheu)
AMO Director Mark Johnson Weighs in on Smart Work Forum

We are living in a digital age. Everything from our phones and computers to our tablets, watches, and even health-monitoring devices are connected. We use these devices and networks to make our lives easier and more efficient, and the manufacturing sector is no different. With “smart” integrated technologies, we’re now able to connect, monitor, and streamline manufacturing facilities like never before. These technologies allow sensors, machines, process controls, vehicles, and even robotics to connect to a network and exchange data.

April 1, 2016
New Energy Department-supported technologies under development at Ames National Laboratory could make refrigerators a substantially more energy efficient appliance.
New Refrigeration Technology Could Substantially Cut Energy Use

The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office - as part of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative - is supporting research into new technologies that could substantially cut the energy and cost of refrigeration.

March 31, 2016
EERE Day at MIT Inspires Next Generation of Clean Energy Leaders

Johnson_280x210.jpgIt’s easy to break down our research and development investments into the programs we support, the partnerships we’ve built, and the cutting edge clean energy technologies our partners deploy.

March 18, 2016
Energy Efficiency is Beautiful! L'Oréal USA Joins Better Plants with Aggressive Energy Efficiency Commitment

Johnson_280x210.jpgThe Department of Energy welcomed L'Oréal USA to the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program (Better Plants) and it is a beautiful partnership.

March 17, 2016
Energy Department Announces $3 Million for Industry Access to High Performance Computing

The Energy Department today announced up to $3 million in available funding for manufacturers to use high-performance computing resources at the Department's national laboratories to tackle major manufacturing challenges.

March 15, 2016
Raymond Weitekamp and Corinne Allen utilize the resources and expertise of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Molecular Foundry lab to analyze and validate sustainable advanced materials. Their company, polySpectra, was selected as one of the projects in Cyclotron Road’s first cohort of innovators.
Building the American Clean Energy Innovation Ecosystem: Cyclotron Road Announces New Innovators, Success of First Cohort

The need to develop and support a new generation of clean energy entrepreneurs and startups, especially at their earliest stages of development, is one of the most significant barriers to continuing America’s unique culture of entrepreneurship to lead the world the transition to a clean energy economy. Cyclotron Road provides financial support and “spins in” top entrepreneurs into National Labs to prove out the fundamentals of their technologies and to provide them with world-class business mentorship as they plot a course forward to commercialize innovative technologies.

March 11, 2016
Energy Department Announces $25 Million to Develop Next Generation of Electric Machines for Industrial Energy Savings

As part of the Obama Administration's Mission Innovation effort to double clean energy research and development (R&D) investments over the next five years, the Energy Department today announced up to $25 million in available funding aimed at advancing technologies for energy-efficient electric motors through applied R&D.

March 10, 2016
DOE’s Innovative Small Business Vouchers Pilot Selects 33 Small Businesses for Lab Collaboration

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that 33 small businesses have been selected to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy economy. The selected businesses will be afforded access to world-class laboratory resources to help move these innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace. 

March 9, 2016
Daimler's Detroit Diesel Plant Earns Superior Energy Performance, Saves $37M

sep-1_original.pngDaimler’s Detroit Diesel Corporation facility has earned Platinum certification in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) program. The facility used a rigorous energy management system to meet the ISO 50001 standard and save an impressive $37 million over 10 years.

March 2, 2016

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 “Industrial Assessment Centers.”

February 24, 2016
U.S. Department of Energy Launches $40 Million Effort to Improve Materials for Clean Energy Solutions

Energy Materials Network will include four initial National Laboratory-led Consortia

February 23, 2016
Supercomputers like these at the Energy Department's national laboratories will play a key role in solving ‪‎manufacturing challenges and building clean ‪‎energy technologies right here at home.
HPC4Mfg: Boosting American Competiveness in Clean Energy Manufacturing through High Performance Computing

Higher efficiency jet engines to save fuel; stronger fiberglass made with less energy for wind turbines and lightweight vehicles; next generation semiconductor devices for more efficient data centers: these are just a few of the manufacturing challenges that the Energy Department's ten new High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) projects will tackle over the next year.

February 23, 2016
Update: U.S. Leaders in Energy Management Eligible for New Global Award

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is taking part in a prestigious new global awards program to recognize companies or organizations that use an ISO 50001-certified energy management system (EnMS) to save energy and reduce costs.

February 18, 2016
NOTICE OF INTENT: NGEM II Funding Opportunity

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 “Next Generation of Electric Machines: Enabling Technologies.”

February 17, 2016
Energy Department Announces Ten New Projects to Apply High-Performance Computing to Manufacturing Challenges

The Energy Department today announced $3 million for ten new projects that will enable private-sector companies to use high-performance computing resources at the department's national laboratories to tackle major manufacturing challenges.