$22 Million to Support Smart Manufacturing at Small- and Medium-sized Facilities - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  October 2, 2023

DOE Allocates $22 Million for Smart Manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $22 million in funding for 12 state-run programs to accelerate smart manufacturing at small- and medium-sized facilities. 

 The State Manufacturing Leadership Program aims to make smart manufacturing technologies and high-performance computing more accessible for use across the domestic manufacturing sector, which accounts for over one-sixth of U.S. carbon emissions and nearly a quarter of the nation’s energy usage. 

The program is funded by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This funding will help states remove existing barriers that inhibit the ability of small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to utilize innovative, data-driven tools and technologies — improving production efficiency to reduce costs, support new domestic manufacturing opportunities and cut  emissions. 

 “America’s manufacturing sector is the backbone of our nation’s economy, and President Biden is laser-focused on ensuring this industry — and the workforce it supports — prospers well into the 21st Century,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in a statement. “Thanks to the President’s Investing in America agenda, DOE is helping provide the innovative tools needed to improve efficiency and reduce costs — supporting state efforts to bolster manufacturing competitiveness while combating the climate crisis.”

Smart manufacturing advances interconnectivity to improve production and increase the overall efficiency of the manufacturing process. 

The 12 selected states will either create new or expand existing state-run programs to support over 3,500 SMMs in accessing smart manufacturing technologies and practices and/or high-performance computing resources. Collectively, the programs will provide a wide variety of resources to SMMs such as technical assistance, training, facility assessments, apprenticeships, and direct financial assistance to implement smart manufacturing improvements. 

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