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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 11, 2016
Distillation columns like this one are used in a variety of chemical manufacturing applications. Photo courtesy of Organic Chemistry (McMurray).
AMO Success Story: New Software Will Enable Chemical Manufacturers to Optimize Distillation Column Configuration and Save Energy

Designing manufacturing processes can be a lot like solving puzzles: you know the pieces you’re starting with and you know what the end result should be, but it’s your job to determine the best way to accomplish everything that happens in between. Chemical manufacturing processes that utilize distillation present an exciting and interesting challenge because the puzzle pieces can be put together in a number of different ways and still offer a solution.

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.

July 29, 2016
(From Left to Right) Dan Hasler, President, Purdue Research Foundation; Ian Steff, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Craig Blue, CEO Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI); Leah Jamieson, John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, Purdue University; Suresh Garimella, Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships at Purdue University; John Dennis, Mayor of West Lafayette; and Kelly Visconti, Technology Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy. In back is R. Byron Pipes, John Leighton Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Purdue University, who emceed the event. (Photo courtesy of Purdue Research Foundation)
AMO’s Kelly Visconti Joins Ribbon Cutting of $50 million Indiana Manufacturing Institute

On Tuesday, July 26, more than 300 people and about 20 Indiana composites companies came together in West Lafayette, Indiana for a ribbon-cutting event for the new Indiana Manufacturing Institute. The $50 million facility will house the Center for Composites Manufacturing and Simulation, which is part of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). IACMI is a public-private consortium supported by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO).

July 28, 2016
AMO Director Dr. Mark Johnson (center) discusses manufacturing and workforce development at the White House Economic Development Forum in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 21.
AMO Director Discusses Workforce Development at White House Economic Development Forum

On Thursday, July 21, leading economic development professionals from around the country gathered at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC for the 2016 White House Economic Development Forum. Hosted by SelectUSA, the White House National Economic Council, and the International Economic Development Council, the day-long event included presentations and panel discussions designed to focus on topics critical to long-term U.S economic competitiveness.

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.