EERE leads a robust network of researchers and other partners to continually develop cost-effective energy-saving solutions that help make our country run better through increased efficiency — promoting better plants, manufacturing processes, and products; more efficient new homes and improved older homes; and other solutions to enhance the buildings in which we work, shop, and lead our everyday lives.
The U.S. Department of Energy funds the research, development, and demonstration of highly efficient and innovative manufacturing technologies. The Energy Department has supported the development of more than 250 energy-saving industrial technologies that have been commercialized since 1976. The Department is also working to create a network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, each of which will create collaborative communities to target a unique technology in advanced manufacturing. The Department's industrial technical assistance efforts are critical to the deployment of existing and future advanced energy efficiency technologies, as well as energy management solutions. This part of the program has delivered technical assistance to thousands of industrial plants, saved industry billions of dollars and cut carbon emissions by millions of tons. With diverse partners, the Department leverages state, utility, and local resources to help manufacturers save energy, reduce climate and environmental impacts, enhance workforce development, and improve national energy security and competitiveness throughout the supply chain.
The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) partners with industry, small business, universities, and other stakeholders to identify and invest in emerging technologies with the potential to create high-quality U.S. manufacturing jobs, enhance global competitiveness, and reduce energy use by encouraging a culture of continuous improvement in corporate energy management.
EERE'S INVESTMENTS IN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
R&D that has high impact, uses project diversity to spread risk, targets nationally important innovation at critical decision points, and contributes to quantifiable energy savings
Collaborative manufacturing communities with a shared infrastructure that enable the development and demonstration of advanced manufacturing technologies, provide timely and affordable access at all levels of the manufacturing supply chain, and assist in networking technology experts with established materials and equipment suppliers to help speed the rate of innovation
Driving a culture of continuous improvement in corporate energy management to reduce industrial energy use and encourage wide-scale adoption of technologies such as combined heat and power