Future of manufacturing week #buildingacleanfuture

“At the Department of Energy, we’re laser-focused on developing the technologies that will power our clean energy future... and on making sure we can build them right here at home, in a clean, sustainable way.” – Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm

From July 26-30, the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) hosted Future of Manufacturing Week. This weeklong campaign highlighted the Department of Energy’s (DOE) recent investments in the development and deployment of clean-energy technologies needed to ensure a resilient manufacturing sector and decarbonize energy-intensive industries throughout the economy.

Through a series of new initiatives and a virtual roundtable event hosted by Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, DOE called on its partners across the public and private sectors to help build a manufacturing sector that supports the Biden Administration’s decarbonization goals and benefits all Americans.

Highlights from the Future of Manufacturing Week include:

Roundtable on the Future of Manufacturing with Secretary Granholm

On Thursday, July 29, Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm hosted a virtual roundtable event to discuss DOE’s efforts to decarbonize America’s manufacturing sector, manufacture clean-energy technologies, and pave the way to a resilient, carbon-neutral economy by 2050.

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The roundtable included Representative Haley Stevens; Jane Flegal, Senior Director for Industrial Emissions at the White House Council on Environmental Quality; Leon Topalian, Chairman of American Iron and Steel Institute and Nucor Chief Executive Officer; John Dyck, Chief Executive Officer of CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute; Mike Clemmer, Director of Corporate & Manufacturing Facilities & Environmental at Nissan North America; and Charlie Manzione, Senior Manager of Safety Environmental & Metal Finishing at KYB Americas.

View the event recording here.

$60 Million Investment in Industrial Assessment Program

DOE announced $60 million in funding for its largest-ever cohort of university-based Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs), which assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers in reducing their carbon emissions and lowering energy costs, while training the next generation of energy-efficiency workers.

Learn more.

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Seeking Input for a New Clean Energy Manufacturing Institute

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DOE announced a request for information (RFI) to inform the creation of a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Institute. This RFI is specifically focused on aspects of industrial decarbonization associated with electrification and/or metals manufacturing.

Learn more and register to attend an informational webinar about the RFI on September 2, 2021.

$42.3 Million in Research and Development to Strengthen the Manufacturing Sector and Accelerate Economy-Wide Decarbonization

DOE announced up to $42.3 million in funding to catalyze clean energy technologies for a strong, resilient manufacturing future.

Learn more.

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Industry Partners to Validate Innovative Manufacturing Technologies

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DOE selected five private-sector partners to conduct field validation of clean, efficient technologies in real-world industrial environments. These Industrial Technology Validation (ITV) projects will accelerate the adoption of cost-effective, emerging technologies that can help decarbonize the industrial sector.

The ITV Pilot also issued a Request for Proposals seeking additional technologies that can cost-effectively transform the operational efficiency of American industry.

Learn more.

$5 Million in Desalination Technology to Deliver Freshwater to Communities Across America

AMO and National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) announced $5 million in federal funding to develop desalination technologies that will help bring freshwater supplies to communities across the nation.

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Funding for National Laboratory-Led Efforts to Advance Industrial Decarbonization and Energy Workforce Development

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AMO announced a new lab call with up to $15.8 million in funding to support technical assistance programs for the adoption and implementation of highly efficient combined heat and power technologies and to develop a manufacturing-focused education and workforce development roadmap.

Learn more.

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