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May 22, 2023 | Tom Ballard

New Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute announced

Arizona State University is leading the newest member of the Manufacturing USA program, joining the Knoxville-headquartered Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation and five others funded by the Department of Energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Arizona State University (ASU) to receive up to $70 million to establish a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute devoted to the challenge of fighting greenhouse gas emissions from industrial process heating.

According to the DOE news release, ASU will lead the multi-institution effort known as Electrified Processes for Industry Without Carbon, or EPIXC. Other key partners include the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Tuskegee University, North Carolina State University, Navajo Technical University, Idaho National Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

In support of the decarbonization goals outlined in the “2022 Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap” and the “Industrial Heat Shot,” EPIXC will accelerate the development and adoption of electrified processes that can cost-effectively lower emissions and enhance the energy efficiency of industrial process heating. EPIXC will also address the challenge of integrating these new processes into existing facilities designed around conventional heating technologies.

The ASU-led institute joins DOE’s six other Manufacturing USA institutes, which convene the nation’s brightest minds to solve the country’s toughest manufacturing challenges and move novel electrification processes out of the lab and into the market. One of those is the Knoxville-headquartered Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).

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