Improving U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness
The Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to lead its new Reducing EMbodied-Energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute. This national coalition of leading universities and companies will forge new clean energy initiatives deemed critical in keeping U.S. manufacturing competitive.
The Institute will leverage up to $70 million in federal funding that will be matched by $70 million in private cost-share commitments from industry, consortium members and partners.
The mission of the REMADE Institute is to enable the early stage applied research and development of key industrial platform technologies that could dramatically reduce the embodied energy and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing.
By focusing our efforts on addressing knowledge gaps that will eliminate and/or mitigate the technical and economic barriers that prevent greater material recycling, recovery, remanufacturing and reuse, the REMADE Institute seeks to motivate the subsequent industry investments required to advance technology development that will support the U.S. manufacturing eco-system.
The institute will focus its efforts on driving down the cost of technologies essential to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste.
The REMADE Institute established three primary goals:
• Develop technologies capable of reducing energy emissions through a reduction in primary material consumption and an increase in secondary feedstock use in energy-intensive industries.
• Develop technologies capable of achieving feedstock “better than cost and energy parity” for key secondary materials.
• Promote widespread application of new enabling technologies across multiple industries
By focusing our efforts on addressing knowledge gaps that eliminate and/or mitigate the technical and economic barriers that prevent greater material recycling, recovery, remanufacturing and reuse, the REMADE Institute seeks to motivate subsequent industry investments required to advance technology development that supports the U.S. manufacturing eco-system.