Posted By Paul Tate, September 18, 2015 at 4:59 AM, in Category: Sustainability
Backed by $2.6 million in state funds, the U.S. Energy Department’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative has announced a new program of two-year “Technology in Residence” pilot projects, pairing up a leading clean energy expert from a U.S. national lab, with a senior technology executive in a major manufacturing firm or industry consortia.
The goal of the program is to increase American manufacturing competitiveness by producing more clean energy products and increasing energy productivity.
For example, Los Alamos National Laboratory bio-scientist Babetta Marrone, from its Bioscience Division and Applied Energy Office, will be paired with James McCall, leader of P&G’s Global Product Supply Sustainability program.
Together they will collaborate on R&D projects focusing on accelerating sustainable manufacturing within P&G’s 129 manufacturing sites around the world. Potential areas of activity include equipping manufacturing plants with cost-effective renewable energy sources, implementing innovative recycling and re-use streams and new approaches to water re-use and recycling.
One of P&G’s recently-announced sustainability targets is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its global facilities by 30% by 2020.
Overall, seven technologist pairs have been selected as Technology In Residence pilots including:
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Tesla Motors
- Argonne National Laboratory and Capstone Turbine Corporation
- Argonne National Laboratory and Cummins
- Argonne National Laboratory and the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research
- Los Alamos National Laboratory and Procter & Gamble
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Hewlett Packard
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Alcoa
"Our new Technologist in Residence pilot will strengthen our national labs' relationships with the private sector and streamline industry's access to the labs' capabilities and resources, attracting and engaging participation from America's most innovative leaders," said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David Danielson.
"These partnerships,” he added, “will enable industry and our labs to work together on high-impact collaborative R&D projects that advance additive manufacturing, increase efficiency through lightweight materials manufacturing, and conduct other R&D to enhance U.S. competitiveness."
Written by Paul Tate
Paul Tate is Research Director and Executive Editor with Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council. He also directs the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Board of Governors, the Council's annual Critical Issues Agenda, and the Manufacturing Leadership Research Panel. Follow us on Twitter: @MfgExecutive