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September 30, 2021


AMO Welcomes Acting Director Dr. Rebecca Jones-Albertus

This month, AMO welcomed our new Acting Director, Dr. Rebecca Jones-Albertus. She takes the lead of our team dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing & clean energy sectors through process innovations, collaborations, research and development, and technical training. Prior to joining AMO, she spent her career advancing solar technology, from fundamental research and development to advanced manufacturing. Here at the Department of Energy, she previously served as the photovoltaics R&D program manager, Deputy Director, and then Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S. in electrical engineering, and holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.


Manufacturing Day Celebrates the Workforce of Tomorrow

Manufacturing Day is coming soon! Join AMO as we highlight work with our vast network across U.S. national laboratories, Manufacturing USA Institutes, and industry partners to build the clean energy manufacturing workforce of the future. Over 12 million U.S. workers are employed in manufacturing, and opportunities will continue to grow for students of all disciplines to develop careers in next-generation manufacturing and industrial decarbonization. Visit our Manufacturing Day Landing Page to get the latest on AMO’s education and workforce development activities, peek inside the modern manufacturing workforce, and learn how you can help boost our critical manufacturing industry.


Department of Energy Invests $17.9 Million in Long-Duration Energy Storage Technologies

During the Long Duration Storage Shot Summit on September 23, U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary David Turk announced $17.9 million in funding for four research and development projects to scale up American manufacturing of flow battery and long-duration storage systems. This funding will help provide the materials needed to expand the grid with new, clean energy sources, deliver affordable electricity to disadvantaged communities, and help reach the Biden Administration’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Learn about selected projects here.


DOE Announces New Communities LEAP Opportunity

On September 15, Secretary Granholm introduced Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program) – a new pilot initiative that will help environmental justice communities and communities with historical ties to fossil fuel industries develop actions plans to transition to a clean energy future. This program will award up to $16 million in technical assistance to help 24 – 36 communities across the country realize clean energy economic development pathways. Selected communities can receive assistance to engage with existing local manufacturing facilities on energy performance to lower emissions and reduce waste, and identify how local strengths could play a role in manufacturing new clean energy technologies. Communities LEAP is offered jointly by DOE’s Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Electricity, Policy, Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, and Economic Impact and Diversity. More information is available on the Communities LEAP website.


Department of Energy Seeks Clean Energy and Manufacturing Innovators for Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program  

DOE recently announced the opening of applications for the 2022 cohorts in its Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program. Innovators selected for this program will join an extensive network of mentors and experts at U.S. National Laboratories to develop the next-generation technologies that will help pave the way to a clean energy future.

Learn more about the Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program and apply to one of the following 2022 cohorts: 


Department of Energy Announces $1 Million in Funding for Five New Projects at Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute 

DOE, in partnership with the Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII), recently announced an over $1 million investment in five projects to help make advanced manufacturing processes and supply chains more cyber-secure. The selected projects will work directly address existing challenges that make advanced manufacturing technologies expensive and difficult to secure. Learn about selected projects.


EVENT: Join AMO for a Month of Energy-Focused Webinars

October is Energy Awareness Month, our annual national effort to highlight the importance of energy to our national prosperity and security. To celebrate, the Advanced Manufacturing Office is hosting a series of free webinars in partnership with the Better Plants program. These webinars will share information on strategies to master facility energy use, best practices from energy efficiency goal achievers, and the latest tools from AMO for manufacturers across the industrial sector.

The upcoming webinars include:

  • Oct 7: Quick start guide to saving energy for small to medium manufacturers
  • Oct 12: The Updated Energy Intensity Baselining and Tracking Guide
  • Oct 14: Understanding your electricity bills
  • Oct 19: Understanding your natural gas bills
  • Oct 26: Understanding your water bills
  • Oct 28: Lessons learned from goal achievers

Watch your email for more information soon on these exciting webinars and how you can participate.


EVENT: Better Plants’ Water Savings Network Webinar on September 30

Join the DOE Better Buildings, Better Plants team on September 30 for a free introduction to the Water Savings Network. Improving on Better Plants’ prior efforts to drive water efficiency, the Network gives partners a chance to meet and interact with their peers and receive technical assistance and resources to implement water reduction improvements that save both money and energy. Partners can receive recognition for the successful water efficiency strategies, solutions, and progress they share with the Network.

Click this webinar link to register and save your seat, and please feel free to share this webinar with your colleagues.

Learn more about the Water Savings Network, see the list of partners, and review featured solutions on the Better Buildings, Better Plants Solution Center.


EVENT: High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation Manufacturing Day 2021

Hosted by DOE’s High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative, this virtual event will include a plenary session in which DOE will discuss advances in world-class Exascale computers and in emerging Artificial Intelligence capabilities. The event will also highlight how this program develops next-generation computational scientists as we work with industry to meet their technical and business objectives while saving energy for the nation. Learn more and register to attend.


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