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Energy Department Invests $54 Million to Spur Development of Transformational Manufacturing Technologies

June 12, 2012 - 10:06am

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As part of the Administration's effort to spark a renaissance in American manufacturing, the Energy Department today announced it will invest more than $54 million in 13 projects to develop innovative technologies and materials for the industrial sector. This investment will help to provide American manufacturers with the cutting-edge tools, techniques and processes they need to compete successfully in the global marketplace.

According to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the 13 competitively selected projects demonstrate the Energy Department's commitment to clean energy technology . "When it comes to clean energy," he said, "[it] should be invented in America, made in America, and sold around the world." By investing in these technologies, the Department is supporting "an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, and skills for American workers."

Dr. Leo Christodoulou, Program Manager for the Energy Department's Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), noted that "Manufacturing converts a wide range of raw materials, components and parts into finished goods that meet market expectations. These projects are an example of how AMO partners with industry, small business, universities and other stakeholders to pursue emerging technologies that can expand or create new markets—generating high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and enhancing U.S. competitiveness."

The projects selected for award negotiations represent research and development ranging from the early stages of applied research, or proof of concept, up to laboratory testing or prototype verification. All of the technologies are at a pre-competitive stage of development, so the technical results will be well positioned to provide benefits across a broad section of the U.S. economy. By strengthening the competitiveness of American manufacturing, these projects will help lay a foundation for an economy built to last and a Nation in control of its energy future.

The following projects were selected:

  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. - Allentown, PA - $1,200,000
  • American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) - Salt Lake City, UT - $7,120,000
  • Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC - Rochester, NY - $3,700,000
  • General Motors LLC - Warren, MI - $2,672,124
  • Lyondell Chemical Company - Newtown Square, PA - $4,500,000
  • MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. - St. Peters, MO - $3,680,000
  • MIT - Cambridge, MA - $1,000,000
  • PolyPlus Battery Company - Berkeley, CA - $8,999,920
  • Research Triangle Institute - Research Triangle Park, NC - $4,800,000
  • Teledyne Scientific and Imaging - Thousand Oaks, CA - $2,110,000
  • The Dow Chemical Company - Midland, MI - $9,000,000
  • The University of Utah - Salt Lake City, Utah - $1,460,285
  • Third Wave Systems, Inc. - Minneapolis, MN - $4,069,882

Find more information about the new investments in innovative manufacturing technologies.

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Find out more about the Department's work to partner with industry, small business, universities, and other stakeholders to identify and invest in advanced manufacturing technologies with the potential to create high-quality domestic jobs and enhance the global competitiveness of the United States. And learn more about the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a government-wide effort to transform advanced manufacturing in the United States.

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