Current Activities

Photo of wind turbine blades being manufactured.

Blades manufactured at Gamesa's factory in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania await delivery for development of wind farms across the United States.
Photo courtesy of NREL Library, Gamesa.

The Energy Department engages in multiple activities to enhance the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, including dialogues and summits, requests for information, and investments in clean energy manufacturing.

Investments in U.S. Clean Energy Manufacturing

Investments in clean energy manufacturing through DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy include:

  • The National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) will be comprised of public-private partnerships that will serve as regional hubs of manufacturing excellence, which will help to make our manufacturers more competitive as well as encouraging investment in the United States. NNMI launched its pilot manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. Similarly, Manufacturing Demonstration Facilities are designed to provide the manufacturing community affordable access to advanced physical and virtual tools for rapidly demonstrating new manufacturing technologies and optimizing critical processes.

  • Innovative manufacturing projects, included under the Advanced Manufacturing Office's Research and Development program, will provide a competitive funding opportunity for transformational manufacturing processes and materials across multiple technologies.

  • EERE has invested in specific clean energy technologies:

    • Wind. Fabrication processes of longer blades as well as blade manufacturing R&D including advanced modular automation, advanced mold operations, and non-destructive inspection.

    • Solar. Manufacturing development facilities and industry consortia to provide infrastructure for demonstrating, testing, optimizing, and manufacturing new technologies for photovoltaic technologies under the SunShot Initiative, SUNPATH, and High Impact PV Supply Chain R&D, aim to strengthen U.S. photovoltaic manufacturing by supporting improved yield and high-volume production.

    • Vehicles. Production of low-cost carbon fiber and identification of manufacturing challenges in batteries, electric drive systems, and critical lightweight materials through the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge.

    • Fuel Cells. High-volume manufacturing processes for low-cost, high-quality membrane-electrode assemblies.

    • Buildings. Manufacturing R&D to reduce epitaxy manufacturing costs by 75% and set up OLED pilot manufacturing lines, as well as Solid-State Lighting R&D Manufacturing roadmapping to complement its existing manufacturing portfolio.

  • EERE has further invested in the energy productivity of industrial manufacturing at large: