The results of analysis are used to focus its research and technology partnership activities, and to inform the development of metrics and funding opportunity announcements. The Advanced Materials & Materials Technologies Office (AMMTO) and Industrial Efficiency & Decarbonization Office (IEDO) undertake an integrated and coordinated approach to strategic analysis. Efforts can be generally grouped into three main areas according to the analysis approach:
- Advanced Manufacturing Technology Analysis: the targeted analysis of manufacturing and industrial technologies to assess their energy impacts and identify energy saving opportunities at the unit operations and at the plant/facility levels.
- Resource Efficiency and Supply Chain/Value Chain Analysis: broad systems analyses such as life cycle energy analyses of advanced manufacturing technologies and products to assess net impacts, including beyond the plant boundary.
- Cross-Cutting Analysis: benchmarking studies, sector-wide and cross-sectoral technology opportunity analyses, and the development of multi-use analysis methodologies and tools.
There are fourteen Advanced Manufacturing Technology Areas, which coincide with Chapter 6 of the 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR) Manufacturing Technology Assessment Topics.
AMMTO & IEDO conduct rigorous analyses to support its decision making and activities. These range from benchmarking studies to assessments of technology opportunities and their potential impacts.