Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the REMADE Institute announced more than $16 million in research and development funding for 23 projects that will reduce energy use and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production, processing, and recycling. These projects will advance the technology needed to increase the reuse, remanufacturing, recovery, and recycling of industrial materials.  

“The transition to a net-zero greenhouse gas economy will require an unprecedented reduction in the embodied energy and carbon emissions associated with foundational industrial materials in every critical sector—from healthcare, to agriculture, to transportation,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Kelly Speakes-Backman. “By investing in technologies that improve our ability to re-use, recycle and remanufacture these materials, DOE is moving America toward a circular economy and reducing carbon emission across the manufacturing sector.”   

Selected projects focus on reducing the consumption of raw materials, designing and using products more efficiently, and preserving and extending the lifecycle of products. Projects were selected in the following areas:  

  • Industry-led, transformational project that will develop and demonstrate technology solutions with the potential to revolutionize the recycling industries.
  • Traditional R&D projects that will increase material reuse, remanufacturing, recovering, and recycling and identify strategic opportunities to reduce the energy use and emissions associated with materials production, processing, and recycling.
  • Education and workforce development projects fostering the next generation of clean energy manufacturers through curriculum focused material reuse, remanufacturing, recovering, and recycling.  

View a list of selected projects here.  

Founded in 2017, the REMADE Institute is the fifth clean energy manufacturing institute funded by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.  

Visit the REMADE Institute website to learn more.