Women’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. The MedImmune facility earned SEP Silver certification in September 2014 and reduced its energy costs by $420,000 annually.