Category: Manufacturing

Decarbonisation tech instantly converts CO2 to solid carbon

Read the full story at TechXplore.

Australian researchers have developed a smart and super-efficient new way of capturing carbon dioxide and converting it to solid carbon, to help advance the decarbonisation of heavy industries.

The carbon dioxide utilization technology from researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, is designed to be smoothly integrated into existing industrial processes.

Telecom giant, Midwest researchers partner on energy-efficient manufacturing

Read the full story at Centered.

Midwestern university researchers are teaming up with a telecom giant to find ways to solve climate problems. The Purdue Research Foundation in Indiana joined AT&T’s Connected Climate Initiative, with a main goal of incorporating new technologies to improve industrial manufacturing power management.

Purdue will examine the potential of 5G-enabled wireless technologies to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions for advanced manufacturing applications. AT&T is providing funding for the research project.

Energy Storage for Manufacturing and Industrial Decarbonization Workshop

February 8 – 9, 2022
Register here.

  • This free, virtual workshop will bring together members of industry, national laboratories, universities, and government to discuss the needs, challenges, and opportunities associated with carbon-free energy and energy storage for manufacturing and industrial decarbonization
  • Energy needs will first be identified for different energy manufacturing sectors (e.g., cement/steel production, chemical synthesis, food processing, petroleum refining)
  • Energy storage technologies and associated challenges will then be presented from experts in the field
  • Ample time will be provided for discussion and Q&A
  • The outcome of this workshop will be a summary of needs and gaps (scale and duration), use cases, potential technologies, and a framework for implementation of energy storage for manufacturing and industrial decarbonization (Energy StorM) through initiatives such as the U.S. DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge.
  • Please check out Sandia’s Energy Storage Handbook website for background information on relevant energy storage technologies.

Department of Energy awards over $16 Million for 23 projects that reduce carbon emissions across the manufacturing sector

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the REMADE Institute announced more than $16 million in research and development funding for 23 projects that will reduce energy use and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production, processing, and recycling. These projects will advance the technology needed to increase the reuse, remanufacturing, recovery, and recycling of industrial materials.  

“The transition to a net-zero greenhouse gas economy will require an unprecedented reduction in the embodied energy and carbon emissions associated with foundational industrial materials in every critical sector—from healthcare, to agriculture, to transportation. By investing in technologies that improve our ability to re-use, recycle and remanufacture these materials, DOE is moving America toward a circular economy and reducing carbon emission across the manufacturing sector.”   

Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Selected projects focus on reducing the consumption of raw materials, designing and using products more efficiently, and preserving and extending the lifecycle of products. Projects were selected in the following areas:  

  • Industry-led, transformational project that will develop and demonstrate technology solutions with the potential to revolutionize the recycling industries.
  • Traditional R&D projects that will increase material reuse, remanufacturing, recovering, and recycling and identify strategic opportunities to reduce the energy use and emissions associated with materials production, processing, and recycling.
  • Education and workforce development projects fostering the next generation of clean energy manufacturers through curriculum focused material reuse, remanufacturing, recovering, and recycling.  

View a list of selected projects here.  

Founded in 2017, the REMADE Institute is the fifth clean energy manufacturing institute funded by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.  

Visit the REMADE Institute website to learn more.

Bio-inspired retrofit may save manufacturers millions of gallons of water annually

Read the full story at ProFood World.

Namib desert beetles capture water droplets from fog. To fight water scarcity, an MIT-spinoff uses the same concept to capture and recycle vapor from cooling tower plumes, saving water and cutting costs in manufacturing facilities.

Explainer: How industry is depending on carbon capture technology for climate goals

Read the full story from Reuters.

Industries from cement to mining are creating plans to cap and cut their planet-warming emissions, and many depend on a technology still in development: carbon capture.

How manufacturers can improve supply chain sustainability based on new DoD recommendations

Read the full story at National Law Review. See also the DoD fact sheet and full report.

As part of the Biden administration’s 100-day evaluation of U.S. supply chains, in June the Department of Defense (DoD) issued its review of certain “strategic and critical materials” that are key ingredients in electronics and green technologies. Supply chain resiliency is an increasingly important area of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) focus for companies and stakeholders alike, and the DoD’s review has implications for ESG reporting.

What’s driving the increasing use of microgrids in manufacturing?

Read the full story at Microgrid Knowledge.

More manufacturing companies are gaining interest in deploying microgrids to help them operate through power outages and serve as community stewards.

U.S. can cut emissions by helping transform industrial clusters

Read the full post at ACEEE.

As the Biden administration seeks to cut climate-warming emissions from industry, it needs to provide support for an approach that is showing promise in the United States and abroad: clusters of industrial companies.

These clusters—concentrations of companies providing specialized goods or services—offer a unique and powerful approach to developing and deploying low-carbon infrastructure. They can promote both competition and cooperation that spur companies to operate more productively in sourcing materials, accessing utilities (e.g., water, power), and advancing technology. Research Triangle Park, for example, is a cluster in North Carolina where the leveraged learning of co-located companies and three nearby universities has led to rapid advancements in biotech and pharmaceuticals expertise and capabilities.  

Clusters of companies are also starting to collaborate on the path to step-change reductions in greenhouse gases (GHGs), which is important because industry accounts for more than one-fourth of U.S. GHGs. To spur the growth of these clusters and capture their full potential, government must play a role.

To that end, ACEEE is proposing (thanks to input from more than 60 organizations across industry, labor, and NGOs) a new Department of Energy program to advance industrial clusters and create jobs. In our Innovation and Competitiveness at Industrial Clusters proposal, DOE would use a competitive bidding process to strengthen clusters that have strategic plans to pursue low-carbon technology, improve supply chain agility, increase efficiency and resilience, train workers, and reduce environmental impacts in surrounding communities.

Manufacturers use games to save energy; Summer Study speaker explains how

Read the full post at ACEEE.

What’s an innovative way to save energy? In recent years, as ACEEE has found, utilities have developed all sorts of games and competitions that motivate homeowners and other people to reduce their energy use. An upcoming analysis highlights how manufacturers are also using gamification as one way to crowdsource energy savings.

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