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DOE Launches Prize Competition to Identify Manufacturing Leaders Driving Energy Savings

DOE recently launched the Individuals Taking Energy Action in Manufacturing (ITEAM) Prize competition to recognize individuals responsible for discovering innovative ideas and practices that led to measurable energy savings at their energy facilities.

Applications are due on May 15, 2019 and winners will be announced in July 2019.

Visit for the official rules and application details.

AMO Announces Eight Topics for Small Business Research and Development

Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 34 topic areas for new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development projects. AMO will fund four subtopics within the EERE-funded topics and will also partner with the Solar Energy Technologies, Geothermal Technologies, and Fuel Cell Technology Offices on four joint topic areas.

SBIR/STTR provides funding for innovations that address multiple research and development programs throughout DOE, all aiming to spur innovation and create jobs in the United States.

Additional information on the DOE SBIR and STTR programs is available here. More information about the AMO projects announced is available here.

REMADE Institute Requests Proposals to Advance Recycling and Recovery of Materials

AMO’s Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute announced its second call for proposals for projects that will enable U.S. manufacturers to increase the recovery, reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling of materials.

Letters of intent and a one-page project summary are due December 6, 2018. Full project proposals are due February 11, 2019. Click here for submission instructions.

Interested in becoming a REMADE member? Click here for information.

SAVE THE DATE: IACMI Winter 2019 Members Meeting – Jan. 29-31

Mark your calendar for AMO’s Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) Winter 2019 Members Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. The annual meeting will highlight technical advancements of the institute, member successes, workforce development initiatives, and much more. Additionally, networking opportunities and facility tours will be available.

A detailed agenda will be available soon. Click here to register.

Contact Jarrod Blue at for information on how to become an IACMI member.

AMO’s Manufacturing Energy Use and Distribution Footprints Now Available

AMO recently released an update to its Manufacturing Energy and Carbon Footprints. The footprints have become the go-to reference for anyone interested in understanding energy distribution in the manufacturing sector and targeting opportunities to save energy and emissions. The two-page footprints map energy use and carbon emissions from energy supply to end use for 15 individual manufacturing sectors, and for the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole.

Access the updated Manufacturing Energy and Carbon Footprints.

World’s First Medium/Large-scale 3D Thermoset Printer Wins Market Growth Award

The American Composites Manufacturers Association, sponsored by Composites One, presented Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with the Infinite Possibility for Market Growth Award. This award was presented to the composites product that demonstrated the potential to significantly increase the use of composites in existing markets or generate the greatest impact to open new and emerging composite markets. ORNL, with industry partner Magnum Venus Products, received this award for developing and demonstrating the world’s first commercially-available medium/large-scale thermoset 3D printer.

Learn about this first-of-its-kind printer, and read why this novel technology exemplifies innovation, creativity, and commercialization leading to market growth.

Small Business Successes: Interview with SBIR Awardee SPF Works

DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides grants to small businesses or individuals who can form a small business within the required application timeline. Grants are competitively awarded for the development and commercialization of new ideas and innovative research. To date, DOE and EERE SBIR programs have provided funding to thousands of small businesses, including newly established small businesses, across the country.

We recently sat down with past awardees to learn about how the program has impacted them. If you’re considering applying, check out our interview with Gary Cola from SFP Works and other awardees to hear firsthand how an SBIR grant helped propel their businesses.