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October 8, 2015
Energy Department Awards $6 Million to Universities in Tennessee and Virginia to Advance Master's and Doctoral Training in Power Electronics

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the two universities selected to receive nearly $6 million to establish one or more graduate-level training programs for engineers in power electronics.

October 2, 2015
Students participate in FirstBuild's "hackathon" event Friday, October 2, in Louisville, Kentucky as part of Manufacturing Day. Image courtesy Deloitte.
Energy Department Supports Manufacturing Day

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is supporting Manufacturing Day—a nationwide event that opens the doors of nearly 2000 manufacturing companies to the public—with visits to sites in the Midwest.

September 30, 2015
Manufacturers in U.S. Energy Department’s Better Plants Program Save More Than $2 Billion in Energy Costs; Program Expands to Help America’s Water Systems

Better Buildings, Better Plants Program manufacturers rack up an estimated $2.4 billion in cumulative energy cost savings over the last five years.

September 24, 2015
3 Ways Our Manufacturing Institutes Are Changing the Clean Energy Game

Find out how the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation institutes are advancing America's clean energy economy.

September 16, 2015
Energy Department Announces $70 Million for Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing

Department of Energy is announcing up to $70 million in funding for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on smart manufacturing.

September 3, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Analysis in Clean Energy Manufacturing and Superior Energy Performance

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.

August 6, 2015
Cummins Case Study Shows a 12.6% Improvement in Energy Performance with SEP

A recently published case study examines the successes of Cummins Inc., a global engine manufacturer that implemented an energy management system (EnMS) that meets the requirements of ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™). Cummins implemented the EnMS at the Rocky Mount Engine Plant (RMEP), a natural gas and diesel engine manufacturing facility in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

July 30, 2015
Energy Department to Fund Master’s and Doctoral Training in Power Electronics

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to accelerating American manufacturing and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s support of STEM education to create the next generation of engineers and manufacturers, the Energy Department has announced up to $10 million available to establish one or more graduate-level training programs at colleges and universities for engineers in power electronics.

July 20, 2015
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DOE Traineeship In Power Engineering (Leveraging Wide Bandgap Power Electronics)

The Advanced Manufacturing Office announced up to $10 million is available to establish 5-year graduate-level university-led DOE Traineeship(s) in Power Engineering (leveraging emerging Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Power Electronics capabilities). The traineeship(s) will be implemented beginning in the Fall 2016 school year and are concentrated on advanced power electronic equipment engineering, design and manufacturing.

July 8, 2015
Through the new Small Business Vouchers Pilot, small businesses will be able to access tools like this large-scale 3D-printer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
New National Labs Pilot Opens Doors to Small Businesses

New Small Business Vouchers Pilot will connect clean energy innovators across the country with the top-notch scientists, engineers, and world-class facilities at Energy Department National Laboratories.

July 7, 2015
Advanced Manufacturing Office Update, July 2015

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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
Funding Opportunity: Next Generation Electric Machines: Megawatt Class Motors

Office: Advanced Manufacturing
Open date: 3/19/15
Close date: 6/3/15

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.