The Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) takes concrete actions to build momentum around American innovation, growth, and competitiveness in clean energy manufacturing. Activity areas include technology research and development (R&D); new innovation models; competitiveness analysis; stakeholder engagement; and energy productivity technical assistance.
CEMI has invested in specific clean energy technologies across the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's technology offices, the Office of Nuclear Energy, and the Office of Fossil Energy. These investments have already resulted in important advances in different technology areas, such as the evaluation of non-destructive methods for inspecting wind turbine blades in the manufacturing process and the establishment of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) pilot manufacturing lines. Visit CEMI's Technology R&D webpage to learn more about its technology investments and the groundbreaking innovations that have resulted so far.
CEMI leads the development of new manufacturing innovation capabilities and partnership programs with the goal of growing a shared clean energy manufacturing innovation infrastructure in the United States.
- The Energy Materials Network (EMN) aims to dramatically decrease the time-to-market for advanced materials innovations critical to many clean energy technologies. Through targeted national lab-led consortia offering accessible suites of advanced R&D capabilities, EMN is accelerating materials development to address U.S. manufacturers' most pressing materials challenges.
- The Technologist in Residence program is catalyzing strong national laboratory-industry relationships that will lead to high-impact collaborative R&D. Program participants are also developing mechanisms to help interested companies more easily connect and form relationships with national laboratories moving forward.
- The National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) is comprised of public-private partnership institutes that serve as regional hubs of manufacturing excellence. These institutes are helping make U.S. manufacturers more competitive and encouraging investment in the United States. NNMI launched its pilot manufacturing innovation institute, AmericaMakes, in 2012. DOE-led institutes include PowerAmerica and IACMI.
- Manufacturing Demonstration Facilities are designed to provide the manufacturing community affordable access to advanced physical and virtual tools for rapidly demonstrating new manufacturing technologies and optimizing critical processes.
- The Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy and Commerce (MITEC) Pilot Program will create opportunities for small- and medium-sized advanced energy companies in an initial group of four states to learn about National Lab and Manufacturing Extension Partnerships expertise, resources, and opportunities to help them grow their businesses and boost their manufacturing competitiveness.
- The Build4Scale: Manufacturing training curriculum for cleantech entrepreneurs aims to prepare cleantech entrepreneurs at the prototype stage for manufacturing at scale. One of the DOE National Laboratories will develop the manufacturing training content and collaborate with DOE to build a strategy for the training delivery.
CEMI develops analyses that inform research and development (R&D) investments and other efforts needed to address key barriers to growing U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness globally. Of note, DOE's Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC) works with industry and academia to deliver credible, timely, reliable analyses of factors that drive manufacturing strategy. Policymakers and industry leaders seek CEMAC insights to inform choices to promote economic growth and the transition to a clean energy economy.
For advancing clean energy manufacturing, CEMI engages stakeholders through the following:
- Regional and national summits provide a stakeholder forum to discuss national and regional priorities in clean energy manufacturing. These summits help CEMI and stakeholders identify key gaps and opportunities for growing U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness, showcase U.S. clean energy manufacturing activity, and explore national and regional models addressing these priorities.
- Through new partnerships, CEMI takes an "all hands on deck" approach to improving U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness. Partnerships like the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and CEMI's partnership with the Council on Competitiveness help the nation's private and public sectors, universities, think tanks, and labor leaders work together to identify and commit to a path forward.
- CEMI Days are an important channel of engagement between DOE and the manufacturing industry for identifying clean energy manufacturing challenges and opportunities. At CEMI Days, Leaders from DOE and the participating manufacturing company discuss manufacturing technology R&D priorities and mutual strategies for increasing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.
CEMI provides energy productivity resources for manufacturers to grow U.S. manufacturing energy productivity and competitiveness, including a suite of technical assistance and market leadership programs.
- Industrial Assessment Centers offer no-cost energy efficiency centers for manufacturers.
- The Better Plants Challenge engages U.S. manufacturers to reduce energy use by 25% over 10 years.
To further CEMI’s activities and help manufacturers succeed, EERE has developed the Clean Energy Manufacturing Federal Resource Guide.