On February 19, 2016, the Energy Department requested proposals for a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute will join the Administration’s broader National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), which drives collaboration between small- and medium-sized companies, academic institutions, industrial research organizations, and national laboratories. The Energy Department also announced that its next institute competition, which will begin later in May, will focus on developing innovative recycling and remanufacturing technologies to lower energy use.
The Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute — the fourth led by the Energy Department within the NNMI — represents a critical step in the Administration’s effort to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030. It will focus on developing breakthrough technologies to increase the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes used across an array of U.S. industries, including ethylene for plastics and biofuels used in sustainable transportation. Proposals for this $70 million funding opportunity announcement are due June 15.