The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office issued a statement honoring the millions of people who work in the field and touting its funding opportunities for advanced manufacturing technologies, especially for projects that reduce energy consumption. Manufacturing is a key part of the cleantech development process, and Centered gives a shout out to everyone involved in the industry. You’ll notice that most of our stories today have a direct connection to manufacturing.
🥤 PLASTICS: Ames Laboratory researchers discovered a lower-energy, lower-temperature process to convert lignin — a natural plant compound that becomes waste during paper manufacturing — into chemical precursors for making nylon. The conversion process is more environmentally friendly than others and is an alternative to the waste lignin’s typical disposal method: burning it for heat.
Argonne National Laboratoryreceived nearly $15 million in funding from the Department of Energy for six advanced battery manufacturing projects. Researchers are working to develop more powerful, longer-lasting, cheaper, and safer batteries that enhance energy efficiency and strengthen the electric grid.