The Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (“REMADE”) Institute is the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-led institute in the multiagency network known as Manufacturing USA, also known as the “National Network for Manufacturing Innovation” or “NNMI”. The Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance was selected by the DOE on January 4, 2017 to lead this $140 million manufacturing institute in Rochester, NY. The Institute will focus on early stage applied research towards innovations that could dramatically reduce the energy required to manufacture key materials and improve overall manufacturing energy efficiency through increased material reuse, recycling, and remanufacturing.
The Institute’s research will include development of solutions to challenges in key platform technologies, such as: information collecting; gathering, identification, and sorting of end-of-life and waste materials; separating mixed materials; removal of trace contaminants and robust and cost-effective reprocessing and disposal methods. Research and expertise will be contributed by a consortium of 26 universities, 44 companies, seven national labs, and 26 industry trade associations and foundations.
Since it was established four years ago, Manufacturing USA has grown from a single institute to a network of 13 institutes. Led by manufacturing experts renowned in their field, the Manufacturing USA Institutes have attracted over $2B in public/private investments, with 1,300 companies, universities, and industry associations. Each institute is charged with improving domestic manufacturing competitiveness through innovative new manufacturing techniques and technologies, and offering new training and jobs for American workers.
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Data collection, standardization, metrics, and tools for understanding material flow.
Design tools for material utilization/reutilization, and design for reman or disassembly.
Efficient use of materials, near net shaping, and use of secondary feedstock without loss of quality.
Efficient and cost effective technologies for cleaning, component restoration, condition assessment, and reverse logistics.
Rapid gathering, identification, sorting, separation, and contaminant removal reprocessing and disposal.