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July 20, 2016
Chain Reaction Innovations Opens Call for First Startup Cohort of Energy Innovators

Earlier this year, we announced the launch of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the newest addition to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs (LEEP), which are sponsored by the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and managed in collaboration with the Technology-to-Market office.

July 13, 2016
Event attendees talk to EERE representatives and read materials to learn about AMO programs and technologies sponsored by the Department of Energy.
AMO Programs Highlighted at Capitol Hill Event

On Tuesday, July 12, the 19th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo and Policy Forum was held at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. Representatives from various businesses, trade associations, and government agencies came together to showcase clean energy technologies and discussed the significant impact they have in business development and job creation in the manufacturing, transmission, power, transportation, and building sectors.

July 7, 2016
(Front L-R): Dr. Mark Johnson, Director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office; Dr. Luke Robins, President, Peninsula College; Dr. Craig Blue, IACMI CEO; Robert Larsen, CRTC CEO; (Back L-R): Colleen McAleer, Port of Port Angeles President; U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA); Brian Bonlender, Washington State Department of Commerce Director. Photo courtesy of IACMI.
New Composites Recycling Partnership Leverages AMO’s Shared Innovation Infrastructure

Collaboration allows partners to leverage their unique capabilities and resources to achieve something more than the sum of their individual parts. Our nation’s competitiveness relies on our ability to work together to innovate in areas like clean energy and manufacturing to achieve common goals and spur job creation. One such common goal is the development of revolutionary new composite materials and ways to reuse and recycle them in manufacturing.

July 5, 2016
A pilot-scale polymerization reactor sits in the middle, with the ACOMP system on the left side and the control interface on the right side.
Success Story: AMO Sponsored Research Continues to Advance Polymer Manufacturing Methods

Polymers play a critical role in the things we touch and use every day. They are used to make things like plastics bags and bottles, materials for clothes, medical devices such as syringes, components for phones and computers, and light-weight composites for planes, cars, and buildings. Polymers also have applications in batteries for large scale energy storage from renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.

June 30, 2016
Smart Manufacturing: Transforming American Manufacturing with Information Technology

Our country is known for its culture of innovation. We are a country of innovators. Innovation in the manufacturing sector has given us a competitive edge in the global economy with revolutionary new products invented and made here. In the last few decades exciting new digital technologies have emerged that can connect devices and networks to make communication easier.

June 29, 2016
AMO Director Delivers Keynote at Copper Development Association Spring Meeting

Industry plays a large role in the work that the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) undertakes. The relationship between AMO, academia, national labs, and industry partners is symbiotic – we each bring individual strengths and perspectives which when combined can fuel innovation in U.S. manufacturing. Our partnerships are vital to reducing barriers to the commercialization of cutting-edge clean energy technologies and practices.

June 24, 2016
AMO Kicks Off Week of Making with Participation in 2nd Annual Maker Faire

The Advanced Manufacturing Office showcased a section of the 3D printed wind turbine blade mold at the National Maker Faire held at the University of the District of Columbia this past weekend. Kicking off the “Week of Making” (June 17-23), over 15,000 people attended this 2-day event discovering the latest gadgets and technologies, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, robots and more.

June 17, 2016
AMO to Take Part in 2nd Annual National Maker Faire June 18 & 19

Tinkerers, builders, innovators and spectators of all ages will descend on the Washington DC area this weekend to participate in the Second Annual National Maker Faire held at the University of the District of Columbia, and The Advanced Manufacturing Office plans to join in on the fun.

June 16, 2016
Letter from the AMO Director on the AMO Peer Review, June 14-15, 2016

Dear Stakeholders,

In June 2016, the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) conducted a review of the technology research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) supported by our office. Periodic peer reviews are essential to technical management and are a part of the culture in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Over the course of two days, we received valuable feedback on what works and what we can do better.

June 14, 2016
Global Wind Day 2016 – AMO’s Role in Applying 3D Printing to Wind Blade Mold Manufacturing

Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on June 15 and is dedicated to discovering the possibilities wind holds to reshape our energy systems. This day provides an opportunity for the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) to highlight work we’re doing in partnership with the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO) to support the development of innovative new manufacturing methods for wind power components.

June 13, 2016
AMO Celebrates 40 Years of Industrial Assessment Center Program at Capitol Hill Event

Last week the Advanced Manufacturing Office’s (AMO) Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program was recognized during a bipartisan briefing on Capitol Hill sponsored by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Speakers commended the significant impact that the IAC program has on manufacturers and students alike.

June 10, 2016
AMO Deputy Director Rob Ivester drives a 3-D printed Shelby Cobra near the Golden Gate Bridge during the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial.
AMO Achievements Exhibited for World Energy Leaders at CEM7

On June 1-2, 2016 U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz hosted energy leaders from 23 countries and the European Union at the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco, California. The Clean Energy Ministerial is the follow-up meeting to the COP21 U.N. Convention of Parties climate change talks last December in Paris. The meeting was also the inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial.

June 10, 2016
From left to right: Dr. Catherine Asaro, Dr. Merrilea Mayo, Dr. David Forrest, Dr. Lloyd Whitman, and Moderator Dr. Shelah Morita.
AMO’s David Forrest Talks Nanobots at Awesome Con

From June 3-5, 2016 the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC was filled with thousands of pop-culture enthusiasts and self-professed “geeks” for Awesome Con 2016. This convention is a celebration of comic books, movies, books, collectibles, costumes, and more. The sci-fi genre is extremely popular at Awesome Con, and this year’s convention included multiple panel discussions which examined the relationship between the technologies portrayed in pop-culture and the realistic limits of technology in everyday life.

June 7, 2016
AMO’s Industrial Assessment Center Program to be Recognized at Capitol Hill Event

Today the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program, which is sponsored by the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), will be recognized on Capitol Hill. This recognition follows a Senate resolution that unanimously passed earlier this year designating the week of April 24, 2016 as “National Industrial Assessment Center Week”.  The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen, US Senator for New Hampshire (D) was instrumental in helping to pass the resolution.

June 1, 2016
Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Chain Reaction Innovations program launch. From left to right: Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Dr. Peter Littlewood, Director of Argonne National Laboratory; Dr. Mark Johnson, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and Dr. Andreas Roelofs, Director of Chain Reaction Innovations.
Chain Reaction Innovation is DOE’s Newest Investment in the Clean Energy Innovation Ecosystem

Investing in our best and brightest entrepreneurs is crucial to the transition to a global clean energy economy. Despite having great ideas, many innovators run into barriers during early stage development of new ideas and struggle to get new technologies to market. To address these barriers, the Department of Energy (DOE) has established Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs (LEEP), which are sponsored by the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and managed in collaboration with the Technology-to-Market office.

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 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.

April 29, 2016
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 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.