The Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing will be the third Energy Department-funded facility as part of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes. Each manufacturing institute is a private-public partnership that 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 US. 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 US energy efficiency by 2030.
The aim of the funding is to support advancements in research and development that help to reduce the deployment costs for technologies such as advanced sensors, controls, platforms and modelling for manufacturing by as much as 50 percent. The new institute will demonstrate smart technologies in manufacturing processes with a goal to increase energy efficiency by at least 15 percent and improve energy productivity by at least 50 percent. Increased deployment and reduced costs will enable these smart technologies to 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 Secretary Ernest Moniz. “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 to 20 percent 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.”
Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institutes are helping the Energy Department to drive down the cost of energy efficient materials and technologies while making them cost competitive for manufacturing in the US. The Obama Administration’s recent Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0, a partnership with the private sector and university leaders, identified smart manufacturing as one of the highest impact priority areas for the development of new technology affecting manufacturing and recommended that the Energy Department take the lead in addressing gaps in the development of smart manufacturing technology.
Funding opportunity announcement for the Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing.