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December 5, 2016
Hamilton on the Hill!

On December 5, 1791, the first U.S. Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, catapulted manufacturing to the forefront of American politics when he addressed congress on the significance of manufacturing through his Report on the Subject of Manufactures. In his report, Hamilton urged economic freedom by placing a great emphasize on the need to advance the manufacturing sector.

November 28, 2016
Energy Department Announces Nearly $25 Million to Enable Innovative Electrical Motors Used in Manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced nearly $25 million for 13 projects aimed at advancing technologies for energy-efficient electric motors through applied research and development.

November 25, 2016
NOTICE OF INTENT to Issue a Funding Opportunity for Industrial Assesment Centers Technical Field Manager

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001679
Funding Amount: $5,000,000, subject to appropriations

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Industrial Assessment Centers Technical Field Manager.”

This FOA supports EERE AMO technical assistance activities.

November 22, 2016
Additional ISO 50001/SEP Trainers Now Available

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce the expansion of the ISO 50001/Superior Energy Performance® (SEP) training network. Multiple trainers are now available to provide in-house training for organizations. The instructors are not only Certified Practitioners in Energy Management Systems (CP EnMS) but also experts in ISO 50001 and SEP methodology.

November 18, 2016
The main section of the Novomer system which includes a reactor, membrane separation, polymerizer, and controls needed to run the fully automated system which converts waste carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals.
AMO Success Story: Converting Waste to Valuable Materials and Chemicals

For chemical manufacturers, waste usually equates to a loss – loss of time, money, opportunity, or all of the above. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a byproduct of many manufacturing processes, and also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. If manufacturers can find a way to convert waste CO2 into different valuable chemicals, they can save money and reduce harmful emissions into the environment.  

November 16, 2016
AMO Deputy Director Rob Ivester discusses the U.S. manufacturing sector’s energy footprint and the importance of helping manufacturers.
AMO Deputy Director Joins Industry and University Leaders to Discuss the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Innovation is a collaborative exercise that works best when industry, government, and research institutions put their heads together to identify and solve our nation’s biggest challenges. The Government University Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR), which provides a unique forum for dialogue among top government, university, and industry leaders of the national science and technology enterprise, recently held a meeting in Washington, DC on October 25-26.

November 2, 2016
AMO Director Mark Johnson joins a town hall-style discussion at the 2016 National Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Summit in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on October 19.
AMO Director Mark Johnson Tackles Regional Innovation Opportunities

Before we can start tackling the nation’s pressing energy challenges, we first have to discuss what those challenges are and put together a strategy to address them. In the month of October, Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Director Mark Johnson participated in two events that aimed to answer the question, “How can communities and the government work together to find solutions to challenges?” At both of these events, Dr. Johnson joined members of academia, local communities, and the government to focus on specific areas in which communities and the government can work together.

October 25, 2016
Better Plants Partners Celebrated for Reaching Ambitious Energy and Water Goals

2015 was a banner year for Better Plants, with two Challenge partners and eight program partners meeting their goals of reducing energy intensity by at least 25 percent within 10 years. Their leadership brings the total number of energy goal achievers, since the start of Better Plants, to 35. An additional two Challenge partners met their goals under a new Better Plants initiative to save water, an important complement to energy efficiency since energy is used to transport and treat water.

October 20, 2016
AMO Technology Manager Kelly Visconti discusses energy savings opportunities for carbon fiber-reinforced composites.
AMO’s Kelly Visconti Discusses Composites for Clean Energy at CAMX

On Tuesday, September 27, Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Technology Manager Kelly Visconti joined composites industry leaders at the Composites and Materials Expo (CAMX), the largest, most comprehensive composites and advanced materials event for products, solutions, networking, and advanced industry thinking. Nearly 8,000 people attended the four-day event in Anaheim, California which featured 13 concurrent session tracks, 544 exhibiting companies, and 313 expert speakers, all focused on composites and advanced materials.

October 19, 2016
The Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed new technology for manufacturing low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber for transportation, energy, and infrastructure industries.  (Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
AMO’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility Celebrates New Licensing Agreement

Manufacturers rely on applied research and development to verify and validate new ideas, but another test that is just as important is commercialization. How do we take new innovations and bring them to the market so they can make a lasting impact in the way goods are made?

October 17, 2016
AMO Celebrates Manufacturing Day Across the Country

On October 7, 2016, manufacturers across the country opened their doors and hosted events in honor of Manufacturing Day.  Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. The day is an opportunity for manufacturers to offer open houses, tours, and demonstrations and to make announcements of new technologies or manufacturing goals.

October 11, 2016
AMO and FCTO to Partner on Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Activities

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) plans to add $1 million for hydrogen and fuel cell topics related to the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO)-supported multi-lab consortium on roll-to-roll manufacturing capabilities.

October 7, 2016
Why Should Americans Care About Manufacturing Day?

Today we join communities across the nation in celebrating Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing has been a foundation for the nation since 1791 when Alexander Hamilton, our first Secretary of the Treasury, delivered the “Report on the Subject of Manufactures” to Congress.

October 4, 2016
AMO and Better Plants Plays Major Role at the World Energy Engineering Congress

From September 21 to 23, energy leaders came together in Washington, DC for the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), the largest energy conference and technology expo specifically for business, industrial, and institutional energy users in the United States.

September 28, 2016
AMO News
Secretary Moniz Releases Report Showing the Cost Reductions and Rapid Deployment of Clean Energy Technologies

Report details the economic and environmental benefits our nation is already starting to realize thanks to the increased deployment.

September 27, 2016
Department of Energy Invests $1.2 Million to Advance National Lab Partnerships with Manufacturing Leaders

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the initial selections for the second cohort of the Technologist in Residence (TIR) Program.

September 23, 2016
Energy Department’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program Has Saved $3 Billion in Energy Costs

30 New Partners in 2016 Raises Program’s Footprint to 11% of U.S. Manufacturers

September 21, 2016
AMO News
Students Go Back to School, Prepare for Clean Energy Careers

The Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) is investing in programs that ensure the future workforce can meet and exceed the needs of the booming clean energy sector. These educational opportunities set students up for success throughout their careers and help the U.S. remain a global leader in clean energy innovation

September 20, 2016
Innovation Crossroads Launches to Develop the Next Generation of Clean Energy Entrepreneurs

We need an energy revolution—a revolution that will mitigate the impact of climate change while providing affordable and reliable energy to everyone, and transition the United States and the world to a clean energy future.

September 16, 2016
The Better Plants booth at the 2015 World Energy Engineering Congress.
Better Plants to Lead Conference Track and Expo Booth at World Energy Engineering Congress

Next week, the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), the largest energy conference and technology expo specifically for business, industrial, and institutional energy users in the United States, will be held in Washington, DC. From September 21 to 23, energy leaders will come together to hear presentations from top industry experts, attend training seminars, explore new technologies and services, and participate in workshops.

September 15, 2016
A simulation of pressure applied to felt used to absorb water in a paper drying process is one of the projects that received funding from the Department of Energy. | <em>Photo courtesy of David Trebotich/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory</em>
HPC4Mfg: Pairing Bright Minds with Powerful Resources to Address Critical Challenges in Manufacturing

The goal of our High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program is to allow more entrepreneurs and innovators to tap into this technology. We have set out to partner innovative manufacturers from across the country with our world-class supercomputers and the Lab experts who know how to maximize their strength.

September 14, 2016
Cyclotron Road Innovator Recognized in MIT's "35 under 35"

Last month, Kendra Kuhl was highlighted as one of the MIT Technology Review’s “35 Innovators Under 35” for her work at Opus 12, a startup in the AMO-sponsored Cyclotron Road program. The award recognizes “disruptors and dreamers” who are “inquisitive and persistent, inspired and inspiring” and “are poised to be leaders in their fields.”

September 13, 2016
Superior Energy Performance Chosen as Finalist for Electronics Award

The Superior Energy Performance™ (SEP) program administered through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was named a finalist for the Green Electronics Council’s 2016 Catalyst Award. This prestigious global competition honors creative solutions for the greening of electronics—an initiative that has already helped the industry aggressively shrink its carbon footprint—particularly in the customer end-use phase. SEP focuses sustainability efforts on the similarly important manufacturing stage of the electronics supply chain.