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October 1, 2014
Schneider Electric's Lexington, Kentucky facility. <em>Photo courtesy of Schneider Electric.</em>
Schneider Electric Goes Platinum—and Silver—in Superior Energy Performance

​AMO is proud to announce that Schneider Electric now has five manufacturing facilities certified in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Superior Energy Performance™ (SEP) program and ISO 50001. Two Platinum level facilities—Smyrna, Tennessee, and Seneca, South Carolina—improved their energy performance by more than 15%. Three Silver level plants—Lincoln, Nebraska; Lexington, Kentucky; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa—improved energy performance by more than 5%.

September 29, 2014
Media Promotes SEP Certification and DOE eGuide to Help Facilities Reduce Energy Use and Costs

Chemical Engineering Progress, a print publication of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, described the benefits of managing energy with ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance (SEP) in its September 2014 edition. In particular, the article highlights the DOE eGuide—a free online toolkit that provides step-by-step guidance for implementing ISO 50001—as a key resource to help facilities achieve ISO 50001 and SEP certification.

September 22, 2014
Manufacturing Innovation Topics Workshop

The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology Program (OSD ManTech) will host a workshop to discuss AMO's recent Request for Information (RFI) on Clean Energy Manufacturing Topic Areas as well as the recent areas of interest announced by OSD ManTech for a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute on October 8-9, 2014 in Fort Worth, TX.

September 19, 2014
3D Printing Comes of Age

The highlight of this year's International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), held earlier in September at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL, was the electric car produced live during the Show. More than 110,000 people witnessed the representatives from Cincinnati Incorporated, Local Motors, and the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee print the working electric car layer by layer using carbon fiber reinforced polymer composite.

September 18, 2014
HARBEC's $52,000 Annual Energy Savings under SEP Described in New Case Study

A new case study details how HARBEC, Inc. improved the energy performance of its specialty plastics manufacturing plant in upstate New York by 16.5% over three years under the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program

September 18, 2014
Iowa Water and Wastewater Operators Seek SEP Certification in New Pilot Program

The Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA) and Des Moines Water Works have committed to participate in the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program as the first members of a new program pilot. SEP recognizes facilities that meet the ISO 50001 global energy management standard and demonstrate improved energy performance.

September 18, 2014
Advanced Manufacturing Office Update, September 2014

September 2014 Update from the Advanced Manufacturing Office

September 17, 2014
Energy Department Takes Major Steps to Increase U.S. Energy Productivity and Manufacturing

The Department of Energy today announced expansions of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative in support of the American manufacturing sector and a new initiative to support President Obama’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030.

September 10, 2014
Secretary Moniz will speak at Clean Energy Summit September 17

Help drive the next generation of American Innovation. Register for The American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit on September 17, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

UPDATE (9/9): Recently announced, Secretary Moniz will speak at the summit demonstrating his commitment to develop and accelerate innovation and deployment in clean energy.

September 3, 2014
New Request for Information (RFI) on Clean Energy Manufacturing Topic Areas

The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) seeks information on mid-Technology Readiness Level (TRL) research and development (R&D) needs, market challenges, supply chain challenges, and shared facility needs for clean energy manufacturing. This new Request for Information (RFI) is a follow-on to a recently completed RFI broadly covering advanced manufacturing. AMO would now like to know more about the challenges associated with advanced manufacturing technology which potentially could be overcome by pre-competitive collaboration as part of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

August 15, 2014
Veterans and Others Can Apply for an AMO-sponsored Advanced Manufacturing Internship

Applications are being accepted for the new Advanced Manufacturing Internship program starting today. Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN, developed the curriculum for Veterans with funding from the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). The new course will engage 20 students for three semesters, provide access to 3-D printers, and supplement the classwork with paid internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and local companies. A ceremony was held today, Friday, August 15th, to recognize the first 24 participants in the pilot internship program.

August 15, 2014
Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman addresses attendees at a ceremony at Pellissippi State Community College on August 15, 2014. | Energy Department file photo.
Energy Department Trains Veterans in Advanced Manufacturing

Today, the first 24 participants marked the successful completion of the Advanced Manufacturing Internship program, a pilot effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

July 30, 2014
DOE to Launch Collaborative Effort with Industry to Improve Natural Gas Systems

DOE announced a series of actions, partnerships, and stakeholder commitments to help modernize the nation’s natural gas transmission and distribution systems and reduce methane emissions. As part of these DOE actions, AMO will lead a collaborative effort with industry to evaluate and scope high-impact manufacturing R&D to improve natural gas systems efficiency and leak reduction. The goal of this effort is to establish an advanced manufacturing initiative.

July 28, 2014
RFI Seeks Feedback on Third-party Maintenance Strategy for AMO's Software Tools

The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) would like to understand the market opportunities for enhancing and expanding certain industrial system software tools and related assets (including training curriculum and written technical resources). Currently, these tools and resources are primarily maintained by AMO. A Request for Information (RFI) seeks information to assist with the transition of these resources to be primarily or solely managed by a third party (or parties). Market strategies are needed to expand the dissemination, uptake, use, and energy savings outcomes of the tools.

July 24, 2014
Superior Energy Performance Program Touted in the News

​Benefits of the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program were highlighted in ClimateWire, July 23, 2014. The article recounts how SEP led one Nissan plant to invest in operational changes that are now saving 264,000 gigajoules annually—and how a General Dynamics plant saved $536,000 in the first year.

July 14, 2014
Advanced Manufacturing Office Update, July 2014

July 2014 Update from the Advanced Manufacturing Office

May 14, 2014
Additional Verification Bodies Now Available for SEP

Superior Energy Performance (SEP) recognizes industrial facilities that demonstrate energy management excellence and sustained energy savings. Third-party verification using an ANSI-ANAB Accredited Verification Body offers robust, independent confirmation of a facility's conformance to ISO 50001 and improved energy performance—providing accurate energy numbers that energy managers can present with confidence to management and other stakeholders.

May 14, 2014
General Dynamics and Nissan Case Studies Highlight Benefits of Superior Energy Performance

Two recent case studies document the benefits of participation in the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program, including real-world details about energy management system implementation, results, and lessons learned.

May 14, 2014
DOE's New Checklist Helps Plants Assess Energy Management Activities

DOE developed the Strategic Energy Management Checklist to help manufacturing facilities conduct a high-level assessment of their energy management practices and identify opportunities to achieve greater energy savings.

May 6, 2014
Advanced Manufacturing Office Update, May 2014

May 2014 Update from the Advanced Manufacturing Office

April 28, 2014
Rapid Freeform Sheet Metal Forming Project Touted in the News

Fabricating and Forming Journal's April issue includes "Forming the Future," a feature story about AMO's Innovative Manufacturing Initiative (IMI) Project – Rapid Freeform Sheet Metal Forming. This project, begun in 2013, involves Ford, Boeing, Northwestern University, Penn State, and MIT.

April 28, 2014
Attend AMO Program Peer Review May 6 and 7

DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) will be conducting a Peer Review of its Research and Development (R&D), Facilities, and Technology Assistance activities in Washington, DC, on May 6-7, 2014. You are cordially invited to attend and invite others. Presentations will be given on individual R&D projects, Facilities, and the Technical Assistance activities. Leading technology experts from the industrial and academic sectors will review AMO's Program and provide their view on its effectiveness and impact.

April 17, 2014
AMO Requests Technical Topics Suitable for a Manufacturing Innovation Institute

The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) seeks information on mid-Technology Readiness Level (TRL) research and development (R&D) needs, market challenges, supply chain challenges, and shared facility needs to address challenges associated with clean energy manufacturing.

April 16, 2014
AMO would like to invite you to register now for the 2014 Better Buildings Summit

Don't miss out on the Department of Energy's 2014 Better Buildings Summit taking place May 7-9 in Washington D.C. The Summit is a unique opportunity for Better Plants Partners and other AMO stakeholders to network with peers and learn about proven market and technology solutions that drive energy efficiency. Highlighted sessions for industrial sector attendees include energy efficiency's impact on global competitiveness, best practices in industrial data management, leveraging utility programs for industrial energy efficiency, and process improvement focused energy efficiency programs.

March 26, 2014
Teaming Partner List Available for the Innovative Composites Institute FOA

AMO is compiling a Teaming Partner List to facilitate the formation of new project teams for the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Institute. This opportunity is focused on low-cost, energy efficient manufacturing and recycling of advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composites. See the FOA for instructions on how to be added to the Teaming Partner List. Slides and a transcript of an informational webinar on the FOA are now available.