DOE Working on Solutions that Save Energy, Increase U.S. Competitiveness

Kelly Visconti, P.E., technology manager and IACMI program manager in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office discussed opportunities to save energy and increase competitiveness during Tuesday’s “Composites for Clean Energy” session at CAMX. Visconti says that the Advanced Manufacturing Office wants to help U.S. companies create the next great technology. “It’s not enough to invent it,” she stresses. “We need to competitively make it in the U.S.” Creating energy-saving composite processes and products are key, and there are opportunities across the industry, she says, from energy -saving supply chain management to new manufacturing processes to lightweight end products that use less energy. Visconti cites carbon fiber production as an example. “Carbon fiber in particularly is a very energy intensive material to manufacture,” she says. “There’s a lot of room for improvement, especially in carbon precursor manufacturing. You can see how that might drive alternative precursors and alternative ways of manufacturing precursors.”

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