DOE Announces New Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing
The Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced up to $70 million in funding for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on smart manufacturing. With this investment, the DOE aims to support research and development advancements that can reduce the cost of deployment for technologies such as advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing by as much as 50%. As part of President Obama’s National Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (NNMI), the institute will also demonstrate these technologies in manufacturing processes with a goal to increase energy efficiency by at least 15% and improve energy productivity by at least 50%. With increased deployment and reduced costs, these SMART technologies can transform American manufacturing, enabling businesses to manufacture more while using less energy and spending less.
“SMART Manufacturing is a key information technology approach to unlocking energy efficiency in manufacturing,” said Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy. “These technologies will make industries from oil and gas to aerospace and food production more competitive with intelligent communications systems, real-time energy savings and increased energy productivity. Energy-intensive industries, such as steelmaking, could see a 10-20% reduction in the cost of production, making products such as solar panels and chemical materials, such as plastics, as well as the cars and other products they go into, more affordable for American consumers.”
The Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing will be the third department-funded facility as part of the President’s NNMI. Each manufacturing institute is a private-public partnership that reportedly serves as a regional hub, bridging the gap between applied research and product development by bringing together federal agencies, companies, universities, and other academic and training institutions to co-invest in key technology areas that encourage investment and production in the U.S. The new institute will receive a federal investment of up to $70 million that will be matched by private investments and represents a critical step in the Administration’s effort to double U.S. energy efficiency by 2030.
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