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January 06, 2016

Pilot Program Builds Sustainable Lab-Industry Partnerships for Breakthrough Manufacturing R&D

Last month, the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) kicked off its new Technologist in Residence (TIR) pilot at an event at Argonne National Laboratory convening the pilot’s seven competitively selected technologist pairs, Energy Department officials, and national lab representatives.

With technology focus areas ranging from sustainable data centers to additive manufacturing (better known as 3D printing), this two-year, $2.6 million pilot program is designed to strengthen U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness and enhance the commercial impact of the Energy Department’s national laboratories. Ultimately, TIR has two main objectives: to bring ideas from some of the nation’s top scientists into the global market by developing long-term national lab-industry partnerships and establishing a network of lab resources to address industry’s challenges in manufacturing clean energy technologies; and to optimize industry’s ability to leverage the expertise and assets of the national labs moving forward. For the complete story, see the EERE Blog.