DOE launches Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

The U.S. Energy Department (DOE) launched the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), which is focused on growing manufacturing of clean energy products and improving manufacturing energy productivity.

The initiative will work to increase funding for clean energy manufacturing research and development that will accelerate the U.S.-based manufacturing of clean energy technologies from wind, solar, geothermal, batteries and biofuels. DOE on March 26 awarded more than $23 million in innovative R&D projects. DOE also released a $15 million funding opportunity to reduce manufacturing costs of solar energy technology, including photovoltaics and concentrated solar power, and also plans to issue a new funding opportunity that supports a new manufacturing innovation institute.

The Energy Department also on March 26 officially opened the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility in Tennessee, a manufacturing facility that is working to reduce the cost of carbon fiber, which is used in next generation wind turbines among other technologies.

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