Advanced Manufacturing Plays a Role in Building a Sustainable Future

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

New clean energy technologies will:

  • Reduce manufacturing energy costs 

  • Increase global competitiveness in emerging clean-energy industries 

  • Provide the basis for innovative new green products 

  • Improve sustainability 

  • Create jobs for current and next-generation workers 

 

In close collaboration with industry, academia, and government, the 17 manufacturing innovation institutes in the Manufacturing USA network are developing next-generation digital and other innovative technologies to reduce energy use and decrease emissions.

Graphic showing a long power cord with industrial buildings, wind turbines, solar panels, butterflies, and birds coming out of the cord connected to the Earth

The institutes are working to deploy technological capabilities in new ways that enhance sustainability and enable the industrial sector to reduce reliance on scarce resources. A few examples include: 

Photo of a vehicle chassis equipped with sensors. REMADE has done projects at the intersection of aluminum recycling and the increased demand for aluminum in the automotive industry to accommodate electric vehicles and their battery packs.

REMADE and its partners are using AI to help sort aluminum in the recycling process more efficiently. This will be important to multiple industry sectors, including the automotive sector as it transitions to electric vehicles.  

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Adobe. Two Engineers Uses Digital Tablet to Connect with High-Tech Machinery, Robot Arm and Visualize Maintenance and Diagnostics of Equipment

 

CESMII’s Smart Manufacturing Interoperability Platform (SMIP) is a “plug and play” system for all of industry. It allows equipment to interact more widely and not be locked into a particular vendor. This work is vital for changing the paradigm to reduce energy consumption for all manufacturers. 

 

 

 

Photo of a high-tech bridge in north-central Tennessee that is equipped with a fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite material bridge deck embedded with fiber optic sensors.

 

 

IACMI and its partners developed and installed a lightweight fiber-reinforced polymer composite material bridge deck embedded with fiber optic sensors. The bridge deck system requires less installation time, reduces energy costs during construction, and has a 100-year lifespan.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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