The Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Commerce (DOC) are committed to strengthening U.S. manufacturing to foster innovation, boost the economy, and create a cleaner and more prosperous future. Under the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, DOE has aligned resources to invest in technology research and development, new innovation models, technical assistance, and the shared technical facilities that help transition scientific innovations into new manufacturing capabilities. Through the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST-MEP), DOC provides support to manufacturers through its nationwide network of local centers made up of teams of experts and business professionals.
Under the MITEC pilot program, the Energy and Commerce Departments signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate collaboration between the NIST-MEP Centers and the DOE Laboratories. By building partnerships between two DOE National Labs and the DOC Manufacturing Extension Partnerships in an initial group of four states, MITEC will create opportunities for small- and medium-sized advanced energy companies to learn about National Lab and MEP expertise, resources, and opportunities to help them grow their businesses and boost their manufacturing competitiveness. Through MITEC, we will engage with small- and mid-sized manufacturers in the advanced energy industry to help them realize the potential benefits of partnering with their local NIST-MEP and relevant national lab(s).
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By building partnerships between the labs and MEPs across the country, small- and medium-sized advanced energy manufacturers can receive more targeted and streamlined access to MEP and lab resources.
The purpose of MITEC is to increase access to the advanced energy innovation capabilities of the DOE national labs, spur U.S. manufacturing economic growth in select clean energy sectors, and multiply the tools and reach of the DOE national labs and Department of Commerce’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers (MEP Centers) to enhance competitiveness of small businesses through technical assistance, relationship building, and partnership opportunities.
Starting with four states, Georgia, Virginia, Ohio, and Michigan, the energy and commerce departments will collaborate on a series of bootcamps to bring expertise from national lab resources, MEP Centers and/or partners to targeted clean energy manufacturing small businesses. These bootcamps will allow local small businesses to become aware of and tap into the vast resources of the national labs to boost their manufacturing competitiveness and grow their advanced energy manufacturing businesses.
The MITEC pilot is a step toward linking innovation resources across the federal government. It will expand the partnerships between the MEP Centers and DOE national labs to help states develop strong, regional clean energy manufacturing and economic development clusters.
The pilot program will target small and medium-sized clean energy manufacturing companies in Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia. The pilot program will engage the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers in the four targeted states. The MITEC pilot is facilitated by the American Jobs Project.
DOE’s national laboratories are science and engineering powerhouses. This system of 17 labs, representing unique centers of research and innovation for the nation, push the frontiers of scientific knowledge and fuel our clean energy economy. They are home to some of the world’s most powerful scientific equipment, fastest supercomputers, and talented researchers; resources that might be unavailable otherwise to a small business. There is tremendous untapped opportunity to facilitate more extensive state and regional engagement.
Some national labs have a history of coordinating with the MEPs in their own state with great successes. The connections formed through these partnerships have supported small business and manufacturing business development and contributed to economic growth.
In the short-term, MITEC will promote DOE national lab and Department of Commerce resources and break down some of the industry barriers of engaging with federal programs. MITEC will foster greater collaboration and partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce towards shared goals of strengthening U.S. manufacturing. The long-term outcome of this program is economic growth stemming from partnerships among the private sector, MEPs, and/or labs.
To participate in a MITEC bootcamp or for small and medium-sized clean energy manufacturing companies interested in learning more about nearby pilot programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the brief company description, interest in MITEC, and state location.