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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) successes in developing technologies and processes for more efficient energy management systems create big opportunities for energy savings and new jobs in manufacturing. Explore EERE's manufacturing success stories below.

November 29, 2016
Precast Dam Structure | Photo Courtesy French Development Enterprises
EERE Success Story—Innovative "French Dam" Cuts Cost and Construction Time
EERE Success Story—Innovative "French Dam" Cuts Cost and Construction Time
November 21, 2016
The main section of the Novomer system which includes a reactor, membrane separation, polymerizer, and controls needed to run the fully automated system which converts waste carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals.
EERE Success Story—Converting Waste to Valuable Materials and Chemicals

For chemical manufacturers, waste usually equates to a loss – loss of time, money, opportunity, or all of the above. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a...

August 17, 2016
Distillation columns like this one are used in a variety of chemical manufacturing applications. Photo courtesy of Organic Chemistry (McMurray).
EERE Success Story—New Software Will Enable Chemical Manufacturers to Optimize Distillation Column Configuration and Save Energy
EERE Success Story—New Software Will Enable Chemical Manufacturers to Optimize Distillation Column Configuration and Save Energy
August 10, 2016
EERE Success Story—ORNL Revitalizes Heating Process for Queen City Forging
EERE Success Story—ORNL Revitalizes Heating Process for Queen City Forging
July 7, 2016
A pilot-scale polymerization reactor sits in the middle, with the ACOMP system on the left side and the control interface on the right side.
EERE Success Story—AMO Sponsored Research Continues to Advance Polymer Manufacturing Methods
EERE Success Story—AMO Sponsored Research Continues to Advance Polymer Manufacturing Methods
November 17, 2015
Manufacturing Success Stories
EERE Success Story—ORNL Unveils 3D-Printed Home and Vehicle with the Unique Ability to Power One Another
EERE Success Story—ORNL Unveils 3D-Printed Home and Vehicle with the Unique Ability to Power One Another
July 14, 2015
Left: Gary Bertoline, Dean of Purdue Polytechnic Institute; Kelly Visconti, Technology Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office; John Dennis, Mayor of West Lafayette; Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University; R. Byron Pipes, John Leighton Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering; Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce; Leah Jamieson, John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering; and Dan Hasler, President of the Purdue Research Foundation
EERE Success Story—Indiana Manufacturing Institute Breaks Ground at Purdue University in support of Composites Manufacturing Research
EERE Success Story—Indiana Manufacturing Institute Breaks Ground at Purdue University in support of Composites Manufacturing Research
February 4, 2015
EERE Success Story—Just Plain Cool, the 3D Printed Shelby Cobra
Indistinguishable from conventional production vehicles on display, the 3D printed Shelby Cobra celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Detroit Auto...
June 17, 2014
EERE Success Story—North Dakota: EERE-Funded Project Recycles Energy, Generates Electricity
This SEP-funded project in Williston, North Dakota, places generators at oil production well sites to transform wellhead flare gas into high-qualit...
November 18, 2013
EERE Success Story—California: Microturbine Protects Environment, Creates Jobs
The U.S. market potential for distributed generation using microturbines is significant; however, it remains mostly untapped for commercial and sma...
November 6, 2013
EERE Success Story—Tennessee: U.S. Automaker Improves Plant’s Performance, Saves Costs
Nissan invested $331,000 to implement Superior Energy Performance (including internal staff time), resulting in a payback of just four months.
August 21, 2013
EERE Success Story—New Jersey: EERE-Supported Technology Lowers GHG Emissions 70%, Wins R&D 100 Award
R&D 100 Award-winning technology helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cement and concrete products up to 70%.
August 19, 2013
EERE Success Story—Tennessee, Pennsylvania: Porous Power Technologies Improves Lithium Ion Battery, Wins R&D 100 Award
Porous Power Technologies, partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), developed SYMMETRIX HPX-F, a nanocomposite separator for improved l...
August 16, 2013
EERE Success Story—Oregon, Pennsylvania: EERE-Supported Innovation Recognized by R&D Magazine for Fuel-Saving Product
EERE-funded technology has the potential to save millions of gallons of aviation fuel annually.
May 16, 2013
EERE Success Story—Ford-Dow Partnership Is Linked to Carbon Fiber Research at ORNL
National lab teams up with two companies to establish better manufacturing and production process technology.
May 16, 2013
EERE Success Story—Steel Mill Powered by Waste Heat Recovery System
ArcelorMittal USA reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 340,000 tons annually with new efficient recovery boiler.
May 7, 2013
EERE Success Story—Alaska Gateway School District Adopts Combined Heat and Power
Tok School's use of a biomass combined heat and power system is helping the school to save on energy costs.
April 18, 2013
EERE Success Story—Colorado State University Industrial Assessment Center Saves Manufacturers Money and Trains the Next Generation of E...
Assessment center has helped Colorado companies save more than $19 million in energy costs.
April 18, 2013
EERE Success Story—High Efficiency Microturbine Leads to Increased Market Share
EERE-supported microturbine research and development for a device that increased electrical efficiency of the unit from about 17%-22% to 33%.
April 11, 2013
EERE Success Story—New Sensor Network Technology Increases Manufacturing Efficiency
Eaton Corporation's Motor Insight reduces installation and infrastructure costs of manufacturing.