The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) issued on Feb. 25 a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the "Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Composites Materials and Structures." The EERE expects to award up to $70 million to applicant/partners who will work with EERE on a 50-50 cost-share basis to establish and operate the Institute.
There is an informational webinar on on March 6; concept papers are due April 22; full applications are due June 19; award notifications are due in September 2014.
The Institute will support U.S. prosperity and security; further the mission of R&D in energy efficient and renewable technologies; and contribute to the creation of a national network of manufacturing institutes. The vision for these Institutes is to help revitalize American manufacturing and support domestic manufacturing competitiveness.
EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) partners with private and public stakeholders to support development and deployment of innovative technologies that can improve U.S. competitiveness, save energy, and ensure global leadership in advanced manufacturing and clean energy technologies. AMO supports cost‐shared research, development and demonstration of innovative, next generation manufacturing processes and production technologies that will improve energy efficiency as well as reduce emissions, industrial waste and the life‐cycle energy consumption of manufactured products.
The focus of the Institute resulting from this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will be low‐cost, energy efficient manufacturing and recycling of fiber-reinforced polymer composites. The Institute will target continuous or discontinuous, primarily carbon and glass fiber composites. These types of composites are foundational technologies that are broadly applicable and pervasive in multiple industries and markets with potentially transformational technical and economic impact.
Targeted markets, applications, and technologies include vehicles, wind turbines, compressed gas storage, flywheels, building and construction, non-PAN carbon fiber precursor, high-speed manufacturing processes, recycling, modelling and simulation, joining and bonding, and defect detection.