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Energy Department Launches New Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

Awards $23 Million in Innovative Manufacturing R&D Projects, Opens Nation's First Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Research Facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

 

(Foreground, from left) DOE Assistant Secretary David Danielson joined Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Council on Competitiveness CEO Deborah Wince-Smith and Gov. Bill Haslam for the dedication of DOE's Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (Foreground, from left) DOE Assistant Secretary David Danielson joined Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Council on Competitiveness CEO Deborah Wince-Smith and Gov. Bill Haslam for the dedication of DOE's Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (hi-res image)

As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to revitalizing America's manufacturing sector, today the Energy Department launched the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), a new Department initiative focused on growing American manufacturing of clean energy products and boosting U.S. competitiveness through major improvements in manufacturing energy productivity. The initiative includes private sector partnerships, new funding from the Department, and enhanced analysis of the clean energy manufacturing supply chain that will guide the Department's future funding decisions.

"We are at a critical moment in the history of energy in our nation. Over just the last seven years, global investment in the clean energy sector has grown nearly five-fold to over $260 billion and these markets will grow into the trillions of dollars in the years to come," said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson. "Our nation faces a stark choice: the energy technologies of the future can be developed and manufactured in America for export around the world, or we can cede global leadership and import these technologies from other nations. As part of President Obama's plan to revitalize American manufacturing, the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative will seize this opportunity to ensure U.S. leadership in the clean energy sector and advance the global competitiveness of American manufacturers."

The announcement was made at the ribbon cutting of the Department's Carbon Fiber Technology Facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a new advanced manufacturing facility to reduce the cost of carbon fiber - a critical material for efficient lightweight vehicles, next generation wind turbines, and a wide array of other consumer and industrial products.

See the full Department of Energy press release at http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-launches-new-clean-energy-manufacturing-initiative.

Video of the dedication ceremony is available at http://www.ornl.gov/ornlhome/CFTF_Ceremony.shtml

 -  Morgan McCorkle,  865.574.7308,  March 26, 2013
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