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

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Rapid Charging EV Stations That Work in Small Spaces

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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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Facilities Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

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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

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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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REMADE Institute Continues to Grow With New Members!

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REMADE is GROWING! JOIN REMADE IN WELCOMING MORE NEW MEMBERS! REMADE is thrilled to welcome more new members! The logos below represent the broad network of REMADE members. The REMADE Institute's... Read More
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REMADE Foundational Projects Selected

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The REMADE Institute has announced the selection of its first three foundational projects focused on recycling and recovery of paper, fibers, polymers and e-waste with the lead national lab and... Read More
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IACMI Wind Blade Prototype Finalist for Combined Strength Award to be Displayed at CAMX 2017

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A 9-meter wind blade prototype, fabricated and assembled at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) in Colorado, IACMI’s Wind Technology Area, has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 CAMX... Read More
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News

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REMADE Announces $33 Million in New Technology Research

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The REMADE Institute, a 132-member public-private partnership established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with an initial investment of $140 million, today announced $33.2 million in new... Read More
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Students and Sustainability at Inaugural RAPID® ChemE Cube Competition

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Student teams from five RAPID Member universities (Carnegie Mellon, Missouri University of Science and Technology, NC State, University of Delaware, and University of Pittsburgh) participated in the... Read More
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Manufacturing USA Highlights Report Released

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This past year brought the country and our world unprecedented challenges, which now present opportunities to innovate and build a new path forward. Using lessons from this year, the manufacturing... Read More
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GE Digital Joins CESMII Institute

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CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute is excited to add GE Digital to our rapidly growing ranks of partners and members. Interoperability, community, and innovation that can scale are essential... Read More
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External News

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Power Electronics

Our coverage of the U.S.-sponsored manufacturing innovation institutes has been consistently revelatory—and the Manufacturing USA Update is no exception. PowerAmerica is working to maintain dominance in the production of silicon carbide (SiC) chips, which outperform silicon. And PowerAmerica is at the end of its six-year funding from the Department...

Biomanufacturing, Sustainability

Minnesota became a hub of the global Bio Revolution following the launch of BioMADE in April. BioMADE is an independent, nonprofit manufacturing innovation institute headquartered on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul Campus, with $87.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and more than $180 million in support from nearly 100...

Opportunities

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Re-manufacturing, Recycling, Reuse

The REMADE Institute has issued a fifth Request for Proposals (RFP) representing a $45 million investment to sustain U.S. Manufacturing through research and development of transformational technologies to increase the recovery, reuse, remanufacturing and recycling of metals, polymers, fibers, and e-waste. This funding opportunity will be matched by...

Re-manufacturing, Recycling

The REMADE Institute has issued its fourth Request for Proposals (RFP) to invest up to $35M for research and development of transformational technologies to increase the recovery, reuse, remanufacturing and recycling of metals, polymers, fibers, and e-waste. The funding will be matched by project participants, for a total investment of up to $70M.

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Energy

CESMII announces two (2) Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for institute roadmap projects. These RFPs are the final two waves of CESMII's second round of project requests (RFP2) launched in mid-2019. The areas of interest for these RFP waves will focus on:

improving the core capabilities and addressing gaps in the CESMII Smart Manufacturing Innovation...