Knoxville’s Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Becomes the First Clean Energy Institute Renewal for the Department

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy publicly announced its decision to renew funding for its Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), one of DOE’s six existing Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. IACMI will be receiving federal funding across five fiscal years, with a first-year investment of $6 million to further technological R&D and accelerate commercialization in the domestic composites manufacturing sector. This federal funding builds upon initial institute funding of $70 million from DOE and over $180 million from IACMI’s member partners. 

“IACMI is proof that when we connect our nation’s leading experts across the manufacturing value chain to listen, learn, and share ideas and best practices, we can have a big impact,” said DOE’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Alejandro Moreno. “The Department is committed to seeing how IACMI will continue to leverage that collaborative spirit into actionable and innovative progress as our partnership continues.”

Established in 2015, IACMI is a public-private partnership created between DOE and the University of Tennessee to develop clean energy solutions and catalyze manufacturing competitiveness across the U.S. advanced composite ecosystem. During its eight-year history, IACMI has built a network that has served more than 150 partners, facilitating the creation of more than 3,000 jobs, and training more than 2,000 people in the composites manufacturing workforce.

In addition to being one of six existing Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institutes created by DOE’s former Advanced Manufacturing Office and supported by DOE’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO) and Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO), IACMI is one of the 16 member institutes of Manufacturing USA™, a national network of manufacturing innovation institutes created to secure U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing through large-scale public-private collaboration on technology, supply chain, and education and workforce development.

Learn more about IACMI’s portfolio of technological success and AMMTO’s work to advance energy-related materials and manufacturing technologies to increase domestic competitiveness and build a clean, decarbonized economy.