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February 2, 2016
Accreditation Management of Superior Energy Performance Program to Transition Solely to ANAB in 2016

Since its inception, Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program accreditation has been jointly managed by both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). ANSI and ANAB recently announced that the organizations will transition the management of program accreditation solely under ANAB, resulting in increased consolidation and efficiency.

February 1, 2016
A view of the Big Area Additive Manufacturing machine that will 3D print molds used to manufacture wind turbine blades. Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Teaming Up to Apply Advanced Manufacturing Methods to Wind Turbine Production

Last spring, a 3D-printed replica Shelby Cobra, manufactured at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), visited the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) headquarters in Washington, DC.

February 1, 2016
3 Reasons Why Advanced Manufacturing Institutes Matter

American manufacturing is booming, but how do we take it to the next level? The answer could be found in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

January 27, 2016
Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Holds Second Membership Meeting

On January 13-14, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) held its second membership meeting near Detroit, Michigan. IACMI, headquartered in Knoxville, TN is a public-private partnership creating clean energy solutions and catalyzing manufacturing competitiveness across the U.S.

January 21, 2016
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.

January 7, 2016
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In Case You Missed Them: Our Top Blog Posts from December

As we start the new year, we're taking a look back at December 2015--our top blog posts and some favorites we want to share with you. Happy New Year!

December 10, 2015
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Breakthrough EERE National Laboratory Inventions Take Home Nine R&D 100 Awards

EERE and the National Laboratories supported nine winners at the recent 53rd annual R&D 100 Awards. Presented to research and development teams and partnerships, these prestigious awards have identified and honored significant major technological breakthroughs every year.

December 1, 2015
Application Deadline Extended to Jan. 8, 2016: Opportunity from U.S. DOE to participate in ISO 50001/SEP pilot

The DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office announces a unique opportunity for companies to participate in a pilot program that will help companies implement ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance (SEP) across multiple facilities throughout North America and worldwide.

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

Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Launched

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) was officially launched last week with the signature of a Cooperative Agreement with the not-for-profit organization established by the University of Tennessee Research Foundation. IACMI, The Composites Institute hosted an initial meeting with Consortium Members in mid-June in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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.