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September 29, 2015
The Third-Annual AEMC Summit: Showcasing U.S. Clean Energy Manufacturing Growth Powered by New Innovation Models

Earlier this month, leaders in science and industry gathered at the Energy Department’s 2015 American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness's (AEMC) Summit in Washington, D.C. to showcase and celebrate the tremendous accomplishments to date of the Energy Department’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), launched just two and a half years ago.

September 24, 2015
3 Ways Our Manufacturing Institutes Are Changing the Clean Energy Game

Find out how the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation institutes are advancing America's clean energy economy.

September 14, 2015
Video: Clean Energy Manufacturing Boosting U.S. Competitiveness

Learn how clean energy manufacturing is changing the kinds of products we make and how they are built.

July 23, 2015
Energy Department representatives visit “Deep Orange 5,” the fifth version of Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research’s (CU-ICAR) industry-sponsored and student-led vehicle project. DeepOrange is a an innovative approach to engineering education, teaching graduate students a complete product development process. | Photo Credit: CU-ICAR
EERE’s Southeast Swing: Clean Energy Manufacturing in the Southeast is Booming

The Energy Department’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) recently held its Southeast Regional Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. The more than 200 clean energy manufacturing leaders attending the summit and our Assistant Secretary David Danielson’s visits to GE, Suniva, the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, and the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council highlighted the region’s growing strength in building cutting-edge automobiles, high-efficiency natural gas turbines, advanced composites, and a number of other clean energy technologies.

June 25, 2015
Suniva, Inc. solar panels on the roof of the Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. | Photo courtesy of Georgia Tech
Southeast Regional Summit to Convene High-Profile Clean Energy Manufacturing Leaders on July 9

The upcoming Southeast Regional Summit will connect the U.S. southeast innovation ecosystem to Energy Department programs and resources, and help shape the Department’s strategy to boost U.S. competitiveness in clean energy manufacturing.

June 18, 2015
Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Dr. David Danielson speaks during the launch of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation in Knoxville, Tennessee. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Institute for Advanced Composites Helping America Lead on Clean Energy Manufacturing

Newly launched Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation will work to lower the overall manufacturing costs of advanced composites by 50 percent.

April 15, 2015
Photo Gallery: 3D Printing Brings Classic Shelby Cobra to Life

All-electric 50th-anniversary Shelby Cobra car was created using large-scale 3D-printer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

March 27, 2015
Celebrating Two Years of Building America’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Future

Find out how we are helping to strengthen U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness.

January 9, 2015
Pictured above is the Shelby Cobra, a vehicle 3-D printed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Using advanced composites and 3-D printing both cut the car's weight in half and improved performance and safety. | Photo by Carlos Jones.
Building a More Competitive American Manufacturing Industry with Advanced Composites

Our new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites will help revolutionize clean energy technology one material at a time.

September 17, 2014
The Future of Manufacturing Takes Shape: 3D Printed Car on Display at Manufacturing Summit

This week in Washington, leaders in science, industry, and manufacturing gathered at the Energy Department’s 2014 American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit, jointly sponsored by the Council on Competitiveness. Also at the Summit was the world's first 3-D printed vehicle chassis, an innovation that resulted from a collaboration between Arizona-based Local Motors, Cincinnati Incorporated, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) with the funding support of The Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

July 24, 2014
Flash Ironmaking is a project to develop a fully operational iron making system that captures exhaust gases, eliminates ash, cuts energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions. This project is managed by AMO Technology Manager Dr. David Forrest who was recently selected as a fellow by ASM International.  | Graphic image courtesy AISI/Berry Metals
5 Questions for a Scientist: Materials Engineer David Forrest

David Forrest is one of many engineers at the Energy Department who are bringing innovative materials processes to commercial scale and helping manufacturers develop clean energy technologies that save energy, increase American competitiveness, and cut carbon pollution. Learn more about David, who was recently selected as a fellow by ASM International (formerly known as American Society for Metals) for his outstanding technical leadership.

May 5, 2014
Dayakar Devaru, University of West Virginia graduate student, named Outstanding IAC Engineering Student for his contributions to more than 100 energy-efficiency Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) initiative assessments. | Photo courtesy of University of West Virginia
Industrial Assessment Center Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Future Energy Leaders

First-ever IAC Outstanding Student and Distinguished Alumni awards honor current and former students who are making big strides at improving energy efficiency at our nation’s manufacturing facilities.

April 10, 2014
Better Buildings, Better Plants: Volvo Boosting Energy Efficiency at Truck Manufacturing Facility

Find out how Volvo Group North America has achieved energy savings at its New River facility in Virginia as part of the Energy Department's Better Buildings, Better Plants program.

April 9, 2014
Green light reflection from a low-oxygen environment, 3D-printer laser deposition of metal powder alloys. 
| Photo courtesy of Critical Materials Institute, Ames Laboratory
Additive Manufacturing Meets the Critical Materials Shortage

Find out how the Energy Department's Advanced Manufacturing Office is working to address potential shortages of critical materials through additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.

April 8, 2014
ZF North America used Alabama E3 funding to create a recycling program that saves more than $100,000 a year in trash pickup and landfill fees. Pictured here are workers in the Tuscaloosa location, which provides Mercedes with complete axle systems. | Photo courtesy of ZF North America, Inc.
Local Program Helps Alabama Manufacturers Add Jobs, Reduce Waste and Increase Profits

Alabama manufacturers are incorporating energy-saving measures into their operations to help grow their businesses.

March 25, 2014
Additive manufacturing is just one of several technologies that are being advanced by the Energy Department’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, which aims  to strengthen U.S. competitiveness in the production of clean energy products | Photo by Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Join Us for the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative’s Western Regional Summit

The Energy Department is organizing regional summits around the country to expand its partnerships, share resources and successes, and refine its strategy to boost U.S. competitiveness in clean energy manufacturing. Learn more about the CEMI Western Regional Summit in San Francisco on April 17 and find out how to register for the event.

February 26, 2014
Pete Johnson inspects the blades of a wind turbine at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado. Advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composite materials can help make wind turbine blades stronger and lighter. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Lighter and Stronger: Improving Clean Energy Technologies Through Advanced Composites

New institute aims to drive down the manufacturing costs and support the widespread use of advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composites.

February 7, 2014
Oxidized fibers move to a high temperature furnace, where material is converted into carbon fiber at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTC). The CFTC enables companies to test low-cost carbon fiber for use in several industries including the clean energy sector. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Carbon Fiber and Clean Energy: 4 Uses for Industry

From strengthening wind blades to lightening vehicles, find out how carbon fiber is making clean energy technologies more efficient, durable and reliable.

January 29, 2014
During the State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted how the U.S. is a global leader in solar energy. | Photo by Pete Souza, White House.
#YearofAction: Growing the Clean Energy Economy

Highlighting a few of the ways the Energy Department is working to achieve the President's goals by growing the clean energy economy.

January 21, 2014
Manufacturing Blog
INFOGRAPHIC: Wide Bandgap Semiconductors

Breakthrough material technology called wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors can help reduce the amount of wasted heat, boost energy efficiency, improve reliability, reduce cost, and decrease system size in existing and future power electronics.

January 15, 2014
Next-Generation Power Electronics: Reducing Energy Waste and Powering the Future

From unleashing more powerful and energy-efficient laptops, cell phones and motors, to shrinking utility-scale inverters from 8,000 pound substations to the size of a suitcase, wide bandgap semiconductors could be one of the keys to our clean energy future.

January 6, 2014
Manufacturing Spotlight: Boosting American Competitiveness

Find out how the Energy Department is helping bring new clean energy technologies to the marketplace and make manufacturing processes more energy efficient.

November 15, 2013
Secretary Moniz Joins President Obama in Visit to Cleveland High-Strength Steel Factory

Secretary Moniz and President Obama toured a high-strength steel plant in Cleveland, Ohio where the President spoke about manufacturing, the economy, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

October 21, 2013
Learn how combined heat and power could strengthen U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, lower energy consumption and reduce harmful emissions. | Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Combined Heat and Power

Combined heat and power could help U.S. manufacturers save money, lower their energy consumption and reduce harmful emissions. Find out more about this type of energy-efficient power generation.

June 4, 2013
Using funding from the Energy Department, Philips Lumileds developed the LUXEON S1000 -- a commercial LED product used in outdoor street and parking lot lighting. While small, this chip is the heart of the light and as of June 2012 was brighter than a 60-watt light bulb. | Photo courtesy of Philips Lumileds.
Top 8 Things You Didn’t Know About LEDs

Counting down the top facts about light-emitting diodes. Read on to test your LED knowledge.