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May 27, 2016
Military veterans Daniel Barclay (top left), Keith Striby (bottom left) and Youseff Elkassis (bottom right) are three examples of military participants in the Energy Department’s Industrial Assessment Center program that is helping prepare these soldiers for life outside the military as engineers.
Industrial Assessment Center Program Helps Veterans Learn Valuable Energy Management Skills

U.S. soldiers are participating in an Energy Department supported program that provides hands-on education for #engineering #jobs. The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program, is open to all engineering students at participating colleges and universities, but many veterans find that they can use the program to further develop many skills they obtained through their service.

May 26, 2016
SEP Recertification at Nissan Facility Captures Significant Savings, Bringing Facility’s Cumulative Savings to $2.4 Million

Nissan’s vehicle assembly facility in Smyrna, Tennessee saved $2.4 million in annual energy costs over six years ($1.7 million in operational savings alone) by implementing an energy management system that meets the requirements of ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance® (SEPTM). The facility achieved SEP Silver certification initially in 2012 and recertified to SEP in 2015, earning the Platinum level. Analysis of energy performance improvement data over the six years covered by the two certification cycles shows strong, continued savings.

May 26, 2016
Detroit Diesel verifies $37 million in energy savings with SEP

This video features Detroit Diesel’s success with DOE’s Superior Energy Performance program. The company used SEP to quantify its energy performance improvement. It saved $37 million over a ten year period. This automotive manufacturer is managing energy and using SEP to track progress, validate savings, and focus reinvestments that have the potential to conserve resources and create jobs.

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The video opens with a shot of the manufacturing production floor, with engineers working on an engine.

May 24, 2016
A sample section of the 3-D printed mold and a piece of the wind blade made from the mold are on display at the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference.
AMO and Wind Program Partnership Highlighted at AWEA WINDPOWER Conference

The Department of Energy’s Wind Program is hosting a booth this week at the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Among the exciting research projects exhibited at the booth is a transformative research collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). The partnership involves applying 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, processes to create molds for wind turbine blades. The processes currently used to manufacture utility-scale wind turbine blades – which can average over 150 feet in length – are complex, energy-intensive, and time-consuming.

May 20, 2016
From left to right: Moderator Ramola Musante, panelists Ron Voglewede, Bill Varley, Rob Ivester, and S. Raghupathy.
AMO Deputy Director Addresses Water-Energy Nexus at 2016 Energy Efficiency Global Forum

Water is a part of every aspect of our lives. We expect the water we drink to be free from harsh chemicals and particles. We rely on it to clean our dishes, wash clothes and grow our food. We may not think about the role water plays in things like the generation of electricity or manufacturing, but it turns out that role is actually quite significant. Water scarcity and water management are major issues for manufacturers and utilities suppliers around the world.

May 17, 2016
From left to right: Moderator Mark Johnson, panelists Dr. Craig Blue, Dean Jones, John Milton-Benoit, Jeffrey Wilcox, and Andy Wilson. Photo courtesy of Council on Competitiveness.
AMO Director Mark Johnson Moderates Panel at American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Northeast Regional Summit

On Thursday, May 12 the Council of Competitiveness and the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) hosted the American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Northeast Regional Summit at City College of New York in New York City. AEMC, the partnership’s fourth annual summit, focused on innovating for a clean energy future and gathered preeminent leaders from industry, academia, labor, national laboratories, and government.

May 16, 2016
AMO Celebrates Progress and Achievement at Better Buildings Summit, Looks to Future Success

The 2016 Better Buildings Summit convened at the Washington Hilton last week, and brought together Department of Energy (DOE) experts, Better Buildings, Better Plants program and Challenge partners, and stakeholders to discuss future opportunities for greater efficiency in America’s factories, homes and buildings.

May 13, 2016
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Notice of Intent to Issue Funding for Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001594
Funding Amount: $70,000,000

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing”.

May 10, 2016
The NNMI booth at Hannover Messe 2016. Photo courtesy of PowerAmerica.
AMO Innovations Draw Crowds at Hannover Messe 2016

During the week of April 25-29, over 190,000 visitors took over the city of Hanover, Germany for the 70th annual Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial conference. Throughout the week, world industry leaders attended applications-oriented forums, talks, panel discussions and keynote speakers and shared their wealth of knowledge on the issues facing industry. Over 50 percent of all global primary energy consumed is for industrial use, so Hannover Messe serves as a ‘hot spot’ to discuss and introduce new technologies and practices that cut energy use and implement clean energy technologies. Hannover Messe’s showcase and topic areas such as industrial automation, energy, industrial supply, research and technology, young-tech enterprises, and workforce development line up with the Advanced Manufacturing Office’s (AMO) key research, development, and deployment activities. With both a booth display and a speaking engagement from AMO Director Mark Johnson, the Department of Energy (DOE) had a forum to engage with and educate attendees about AMO’s work and partnership opportunities.

May 9, 2016
Better Buildings Summit Kicks off in Washington, DC

The 2016 Better Buildings Summit kicked off today in Washington, DC, bringing together leading organizations across key sectors to showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20% over the next ten years. During this three day event, partners and stakeholders will exchange best practices, highlight demonstrated market solutions and discuss future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings.

May 5, 2016
Energy Department Requests Proposals for New Institute to Boost Efficiency in Manufacturing

$70 Million Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute will join the Administration’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

May 4, 2016
Energy Department Announces New Funding for National Labs to Partner with Industry to Strengthen Clean Energy Manufacturing Competitiveness

Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Dr. David Danielson today announced the second round of funding for the Energy Department’s Technologist in Residence (TIR) program. At its core, the new program aims to strengthen lab-industry relationships to support industry needs and leverage the national lab network for strategic, long-term, collaborative R&D.

April 29, 2016
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AMO’s Blake Marshall Joins Industry Leaders for Discussion About 3D Printing and the Environment

On Thursday, April 14, hundreds of industry leaders, researchers, and “Maker Community” members converged at the Rayburn House Office building for 3D/DC 2016, one of the nation’s preeminent 3D printing policy events. Hosted by The American Society Of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Public Knowledge, 3D/DC 2016 featured several panel discussions on topics such as STEAM Education, the Arts, the Environment, Bridging the Workforce Skills Gap, and Social Impact. Blake Marshall, a physical scientist and technology manager for the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), served as a panelist for the 3D Printing and the Environment panel. Blake manages research and development programs that advance the state of the art in additive manufacturing technologies for the AMO. He engaged with a diverse group of participants and highlighted some of AMO’s activities in 3D printing research and development. A major focus of the environment panel was the positive impact that 3D printing could have on the environment and the importance of developing recyclable feedstocks for additive manufacturing to further increase sustainability.

April 27, 2016
North American Governments Announce Pilot Program to Accelerate Regional Adoption of the Energy Management Standard ISO 50001

Today, energy ministries from Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced that nine companies will join the North American Energy Management Pilot Program to promote implementation of the ISO 50001 international energy management system standard.

April 25, 2016
Manufacturing Institutes Exhibit American Innovation at Hannover Messe

The 70th annual Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial fair, kicked off this week in Germany. Hannover Messe is one of the largest conferences in the world and drives conversation about innovation and issues affecting industry worldwide. The United States is the official Partner Country joining Germany to host the event this year, and we’re excited that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) is getting in on the action.

April 22, 2016
Using Life Cycle Energy Analysis for More Sustainable Manufacturing

Earth Day is a great reminder of the importance of caring for the environment, but in addition to April 22, the Department of Energy (DOE) works year round to address climate change issues and ensure energy security for the U.S. While conscientious energy use is critical to addressing threats from climate change, the issue can be more complicated than just increasing efficiency in energy-intensive sectors like manufacturing.

April 22, 2016
PHOTOS: 11 Carbon-Fighting Energy Technologies

Scroll through the photo gallery to see just a few of the ways the Energy Department is addressing climate change through technologies that cut carbon pollution, grow the economy and protect the planet.

April 20, 2016
Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Dr. Dave Danielson addresses national industry leaders and stakeholders in his remarks at the 2015 AEMC Summit.
Clean Energy Manufacturing Leaders to Convene at Northeast Regional Summit in New York

Our latest summit, the American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Northeast Regional Summit: Innovating for a Clean Energy Future, will be held on May 12 at the City College of New York. The AEMC partnership – established in 2012 – is a joint effort between the Department of Energy and the Council on Competitiveness. Registration is now open to take part in this fourth annual event.

April 13, 2016
3 Reasons to Attend the 2016 Better Buildings Summit HINT: Industry Experts, Networking, Recognition

Space is still available for the 2016 Better Buildings Summit, taking place May 9-11 in Washington, DC. This year’s Summit features a range of opportunities for manufacturers to gain new technical knowledge in energy systems operations, learn the latest energy-saving best practices and technologies, and network with peers on successful Better Plants and Better Buildings solutions.

April 8, 2016
<em>Photo courtesy of Zeton, Inc.</em>
Notice Of Intent To Issue Funding For Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing”. This public-private partnership will be the fourth Energy Department sponsored facility as part the Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (NNMI) and presents significant opportunities to advance technologies to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in energy-intensive and energy-related manufacturing.

April 6, 2016
White House Announces Eighth Manufacturing Innovation Institute

On Thursday, April 1, the White House announced a new institute which will focus on revolutionary fibers and textile manufacturing. This new institute is the eighth manufacturing hub to be awarded as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).

April 6, 2016
Energy Department Announces Funding to Train Engineers, Provide Energy Assessments for Small- and Medium-sized Manufacturers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced approximately $35 million in funding, subject to congressional appropriations, to assist small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers with increasing their energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability and competitiveness and to help address the shortage of engineering professionals with applied energy-related skills.

April 4, 2016
(From left to right: Moderators Vicki Needham and Peter Shcroeder; Panelists Stephen Ezell, Dr. Mark Johnson, and Greg Scheu)
AMO Director Mark Johnson Weighs in on Smart Work Forum

We are living in a digital age. Everything from our phones and computers to our tablets, watches, and even health-monitoring devices are connected. We use these devices and networks to make our lives easier and more efficient, and the manufacturing sector is no different. With “smart” integrated technologies, we’re now able to connect, monitor, and streamline manufacturing facilities like never before. These technologies allow sensors, machines, process controls, vehicles, and even robotics to connect to a network and exchange data.

April 1, 2016
New Energy Department-supported technologies under development at Ames National Laboratory could make refrigerators a substantially more energy efficient appliance.
New Refrigeration Technology Could Substantially Cut Energy Use

The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office - as part of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative - is supporting research into new technologies that could substantially cut the energy and cost of refrigeration.

March 31, 2016
EERE Day at MIT Inspires Next Generation of Clean Energy Leaders

Johnson_280x210.jpgIt’s easy to break down our research and development investments into the programs we support, the partnerships we’ve built, and the cutting edge clean energy technologies our partners deploy.