Advanced Manufacturing Plays Role in Building a Sustainable Future

Producing clean energy and using energy as efficiently as possible are critical to reducing pollutants, slowing climate change, and reducing dependence on foreign energy. Energy efficiency is of particular concern to an energy-intensive industry like manufacturing.

New clean energy technologies will:

  • Reduce manufacturing energy costs
  • Create jobs for current and next generation workers
  • Increase global competitiveness in emerging clean-energy industries
  • Provide the basis for innovative new green products
  • Improve sustainability

 

The Manufacturing USA network is approaching clean energy in numerous ways, including:

  • Commercialization of medium voltage power, a technology improvement that nearly doubles power conversion efficiency at close to half the weight.
  • Microfactories that use additive manufacturing on a local scale that is more circular than the legacy "take-make-waste" cycle.
  • Embracing "remanufacturing" for its varied benefits such as maximizing value of materials in end-of-life products, to reducing energy bills related to components that have already been manufactured and need only reconditioning to specifications, and reducing the use of expensive virgin materials.

 

The institutes are committed to securing access to clean, inexpensive, reliable energy, which is central to the U.S. economy, job creation, sustainability and a high quality of life.

Our Network @ Work

Go to Reducing Industrial Emissions to Create an Equitable Clean Energy Future

Reducing Industrial Emissions to Create an Equitable Clean Energy Future

| America Makes
Industry is among the largest greenhouse gas emitters in the U.S., producing an estimated 24 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA. While great progress has been made –... Read More
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Go to Building Momentum in Regional Ecosystems

Building Momentum in Regional Ecosystems

| AFFOA
Manufacturing evolved in the United States through geographic clusters that produced competitive advantages in expertise, scale of operations, research prowess, and skilled labor. The origin of the... Read More
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Go to Addressing Infrastructure Needs Through Sustainable Innovation

Addressing Infrastructure Needs Through Sustainable Innovation

| AFFOA
Applying research to develop manufacturing technologies has long been a route to bridge gaps to help solve America’s challenges. That has been the case as manufacturers initially scaled mass... Read More
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Go to Powering the Clean Economy

Powering the Clean Economy

| America Makes
The industrial sector is the backbone of America’s economy. And to manufacture the products that society relies on, industry consumes 33% of the nation’s energy and accounts for 29% of America’s... Read More
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Go to Rebuilding the Domestic Supply Chain for Semiconductors

Rebuilding the Domestic Supply Chain for Semiconductors

| AIM Photonics
The growth in electronic devices, smart machines and connectivity throughout the world means almost every industry is dependent upon semiconductors. A global shortage of microelectronic semiconductor... Read More
Rebuilding domestic supply chain
Go to Rapid Charging EV Stations That Work in Small Spaces

Rapid Charging EV Stations That Work in Small Spaces

| PowerAmerica
Imagine an electric vehicle charging experience that is just as accessible and convenient as gas fueling. It’s almost here. Researchers have used silicon carbide (SiC) technology to produce rapid... Read More
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Go to Facilities Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

Facilities Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

| AFFOA
The future of advanced manufacturing in the U.S. is being built at innovative facilities that enable experimentation in process and product development. The people and organizations at these next... Read More
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PowerAmerica and the Future Generation

| Manufacturing USA
By Alireza Dayerizadeh PowerAmerica Ph.D. Student When I was about 10 years old, my father gave me an old shortwave radio and showed me how to tune it to receive stations from Europe and Asia.This... Read More
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News

Go to REMADE Announces Call for Papers!

REMADE Announces Call for Papers!

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The REMADE Institute, in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, will host the first REMADE Circular Economy Technology Summit & Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference will take place... Read More
 REMADE Institute Announces 12 New Projects
Go to Rockwell Automation Joins CESMII to Advance Acceleration of Smart Manufacturing

Rockwell Automation Joins CESMII to Advance Acceleration of Smart Manufacturing

| CESMII
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, has joined CESMII –The Smart Manufacturing Institute as its newest... Read More
CESMII Advance Acceleration of Smart Manufacturing
Go to DOE Announces 7th Clean Energy Manufacturing Institute

DOE Announces 7th Clean Energy Manufacturing Institute

| Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a $70 million funding opportunity announcement to establish its 7th Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute. This new coalition of industry... Read More
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PowerAmerica Receives $5M NIST Cooperative Agreement to Help Native American Communities Better Prepare for Future Pandemics

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PowerAmerica has been awarded a $5 million cooperative agreement from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to help Native American communities better prepare for future disasters... Read More
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External News

CleanTechnica
Manufacturing, Sustainability

Fossil energy stakeholders have a new reason to worry. During the last weeks of the Trump administration, the US Department of Defense announced that it had lent some of its financial muscle to BioMADE, a sprawling program aimed at accelerating the growth of a domestic bioeconomy. One of the first shoes to drop is a a dandelion-based rubber...

SME
Education, Sustainable Manufacturing, Workforce

The now ubiquitous terms Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing are effectively synonyms capturing the convergence of technologies that have progressed at an exponential pace over the last several decades. Around 2011, Europe and its industrial base began releasing a strategy for the next industrial revolution, dubbed “Industry 4.0.”

At least five...

Flexible Hybrid Electronics, Photonics, Re-manufacturing, Robotics

Their work could spring from the minds of sci-fi writers Octavia Butler or Isaac Asimov, but everything done at R&D institutes focused on electronics engineering is real.

The smattering of innovate R&D institutes EE Times surveyed this fall are compressing the two-year timeline of Moore’s Law to six months: they are lightweighting aircraft by...

Upcoming Events

Go to REMADE Circular Economy Tech Summit & Conference

REMADE Circular Economy Tech Summit & Conference

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National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.,
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Go to REMADE Circular Economy Tech Summit & Conference

REMADE Circular Economy Tech Summit & Conference

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National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.,
Washington, DC
United States

Opportunities

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Re-manufacturing, Recycling

EWD project proposals are requested for projects that align with the EWD Roadmap and are seeking to develop short courses that can be used to educate, train, and develop the incumbent workforce for careers in the circular economy.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION TOPICS:

Advanced Materials Separation Technologies

Design for Remanufacturing, Recycling, and/or...

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Sustainable Manufacturing

On November 4, DOE, in partnership with the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), announced $2 million in funding to advance the adoption of smart manufacturing technologies and processes across the manufacturing sector to increase productivity, save energy, and boost competitiveness across energy-intensive industries.

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Education, Recycling, Workforce

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the Reducing Embodied Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, is announcing $600,000 in funding for the development of education and workforce development (EWD) curriculum that will work to increase the adoption of recovery, reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling technologies...