The U.S. Department of Energy will make a $23.5 million investment in five new manufacturing R&D projects. This new funding for advanced manufacturing—as well as the $54 million invested in 13 projects during the first round of selections in June of 2012—will serve as a ground-floor investment in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's new Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), announced March 26 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Fund recipients include the Colorado School of Mines, Ford Motor Co., Novomer Inc., TIAX LLC and the University of Texas at Austin.
These projects are expected to improve energy productivity, reduce pollution, and boost product output, while creating jobs and helping U.S. companies expand export opportunities globally, according to the DOE.
All of the manufacturing projects were selected through a competitive application process and are supported by research teams working on foundational process and materials technologies.
The selected projects cover R&D in computational modeling and simulation for automation and equipment, steel fabrication processing, steel heat treatment processing, high-value petrochemicals, and waste heat minimization manufacturing.
For more information, visit www.eere.energy.gov.