Smarter factories mean better factories and more U.S. manufacturing jobs. DOE has supported the development of more than 250 energy-saving industrial technologies that have been commercialized since 1976, helping keep American industry competitive.
The U.S. Department of Energy is providing vouchers to small businesses for making our factories smarter, cleaner and better through next generation advanced manufacturing materials and process technologies. Next generation materials are those that can enable the manufacture of low-cost, high-performance products with broad applicability, including for energy intensive and clean energy industries. Example materials include low-cost carbon fiber, low-cost titanium, functional coatings, next generation semiconductors for power electronics and lightweight materials. These cross-cutting materials technologies have the potential to impact multiple clean energy applications. While they may be suited for multiple specific applications, their cost-effective manufacturing challenges might not be addressed in any other program.
Research areas within next generation manufacturing include:
- Additive manufacturing
- Advanced materials manufacturing
- Advanced sensors, controls, platforms and models
- CHP and grid integration
- Composites and lightweight materials
- Critical materials
- Next generation electric machines
- Process intensification
- Roll-to-roll processing
- Sustainable manufacturing
- Wide bandgap power electronics