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The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) seeks information on mid-Technology Readiness Level (TRL) research and development (R&D) needs, market challenges, supply-chain challenges, and shared facility needs for clean-energy manufacturing.
This new Request for Information (RFI) is a follow-on to a recently completed RFI broadly covering advanced manufacturing. AMO would now like to know more about the challenges associated with advanced manufacturing technology that potentially could be overcome by pre-competitive collaboration as part of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
The Technical Focus Areas for this RFI are:
• Advanced Materials Manufacturing (AMM)
• Advanced Sensing, Control, and Platforms for Manufacturing (ASCPM)
• High-Efficiency Modular Chemical Processes (HEMCP)
• High Value Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing (R2R)
The information provided as part of this RFI should assist AMO in understanding the cross-cutting and specific manufacturing challenges as well as the underlying motivation for the formation of a manufacturing innovation institute, consistent with the mission of the Department of Energy (DOE), the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and AMO.
This RFI opened on August 29, 2014 and will close on October 3, 2014.
Clean-energy manufacturing can be broadly considered the making of products and product-based value-added services with the potential to significantly enhance energy efficiency, reduce life-cycle energy consumption, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and/or reduce negative environmental impacts.
Advanced manufacturing can broadly be considered the making of products and/or product-based value-added services for which technology is either critically enabling or providing a competitive advantage relative to existing approaches.
The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies and other stakeholders.
A workshop to discuss the specific technical areas is scheduled for Oct. 8-9, 2014. Further details for the workshop are forthcoming.