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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
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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
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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.

September 12, 2016
DOE High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program Seeks to Fund New Proposals to Advance Energy Technologies

The Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office today announced up to $3 million in available funding for manufacturers to use high-performance computing resources at the Department's national laboratories to tackle major manufacturing challenges.

August 30, 2016
Official measurement of the 3D-printed trim tool printed at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Photo courtesy of ORNL.
AMO’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility Helps Set Guinness World Record in 3D Printing

The Guinness Book of World Records is filled with strange, extraordinary, and awe-inspiring feats and accomplishments. This week, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) snagged a spot in the record book with the world’s largest solid 3D printed object.

August 30, 2016
Energy Department Announces $3.8 Million for Industry Access to World-Class Supercomputers

The Energy Department today announced $3.8 million for 13 projects to use high performance computing resources at the Department's national laboratories to improve manufacturing.

August 25, 2016
The Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith Discusses Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Manufacturing

DWS_preferred headshot.jpgWomen’s Equality Day (Aug. 26) is an annual celebration of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) recently sat down with one of its collaborating partners, the Honorable Deborah L.

August 23, 2016
Atomically precise catalysts can have a rigid shape which mimics the best catalysts found in nature (enzymes) and create a selective “pocket” into which the chemical reactants fit.
Small Businesses Selected for Research Awards in New Topic Focused on Mimicking Nature’s Catalysts

In June 2016, five projects were selected for Phase I awards in the new Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) focus area of Atomically Precise Catalysts through the combined Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.

August 22, 2016
Engineering Students and Alumni Recognized for Distinguished Achievement in Helping Businesses Save Energy and Money

Have you ever wondered how American small manufacturers stay competitive in today’s global economy? Maybe not, but since 1976 the US Department of Energy has been supporting teams of experts who each day develop the resources needed and provide engineering technical support to these businesses. These teams provide recommendations to help manufacturers operate at the highest level of energy efficiency and productivity. 

August 18, 2016
Energy Department Awards 43 new Business-Laboratory Collaborations under Small Business Vouchers Pilot

Today, the Energy Department announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the department's national laboratories and bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster.

August 4, 2016
Earning SEP Silver Certification Leads MedImmune to Significant Savings

A recently published case study demonstrates the value that Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) offers companies in the biopharmaceutical sector. The case study features MedImmune, a global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. To qualify for SEP, MedImmune set up a robust energy management system at its Gaithersburg, Maryland facility, tracked its energy performance improvement and had the results independently verified.

August 2, 2016
From left to right: Col. James E. Davis, Commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground; Wayne Harbaugh, Energy Efficiency Program Director from Baltimore Gas and Electric; Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency; Major General Bruce T. Crawford, Commanding General CECOM and Senior Mission Commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground (Photo courtesy of The Baltimore Sun)
AMO Provides Technical Assistance to First Ever CHP Project at a U.S. Army Installation

On Tuesday, July 19, the U.S. Army debuted a new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland. Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, gave remarks and helped with the ceremonial cutting of the chains to open the plant. This new CHP plant is the first of its kind on an army installation, and represents an innovative public-private partnership between the U.S. Army Materiel Command, U.S.