The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recently raised funding of over $187 million to strengthen innovative advanced manufacturing through research and development projects. The funding also includes cost share of $48 million to finance 55 projects in 25 states for continuous manufacturing improvements in the domestic market. These projects will collectively address manufacturing technology, materials, and process challenges, contributing to the Trump Administration’s goal to hold a leading position in the competitive global manufacturing landscape.

According to Mark W. Menezes, United States Under Secretary of Energy, manufacturing plays a vital role in almost every sector of the U.S. economy. By investing in manufacturing projects, the economy will significantly improve as innovations increase productivity, and in turn, position the U.S. as the leader in the competitive manufacturing industry.

The Advanced Manufacturing Office of Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will fund projects under three topics such as:
  • Innovations for Advanced Materials Manufacturing: $124.6 Mn funding for 36 projects will be raised to conduct novel research on developing new, low-cost manufacturing processes. This can help create innovative materials for use during harsh service conditions, enhance heating and cooling applications by developing phase-change storage materials and catalyze domestic battery manufacturing. As a part of DOE’s Energy Storage Grand Challenge, Dan Brouillette (U.S. Secretary of Energy) announced that $65.9 Mn will be focused on lowering battery energy storage costs through innovative manufacturing.
  • Increase Industrial Efficiency & Productivity via Lowered Thermal Budget Processes: $28.7 Mn funding for 8 projects will be raised to conduct research in industrial drying and heating technologies for enhanced quality and efficiency.
  • Connected, Efficient, and Flexible Manufacturing Facilities & Energy Systems: $33.5 Mn funding for 11 projects will be raised to introduce more efficient power converters, advance energy conversion processes by integrating electrical grid, as well as build on DOE advances in wide-bandgap semiconductors. Additionally, other projects aim for combined heat and power advancements, energy-efficient technologies, and address technical energy systems challenges.
Investments in the above projects will accelerate commercialization and development of next-generation technologies in the DOE’s Energy Storage sector. Source credit: https://www.energy.gov/articles/department-energy-awards-187-million-strengthen-us-manufacturing-competitiveness