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Manufacturing Clean Energy Blog

Manufacturing Clean Energy is the official blog of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC). It features insights from CEMAC staff, partners, and guests. To contribute to Manufacturing Clean Energy, contact us.

Notes from the Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exposition 2015

December 23, 2015

By Ahmad Mayyas, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

A 700 bar hydrogen fueling station at NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility is the first of its kind in Colorado and in the national lab system.

The annual Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exposition is one of the best places for hydrogen and fuel cell professionals to see and be seen.

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Reflecting on The Wealth of Nations

December 9, 2015

By Tom Catania, Executive in Residence, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan

The NREL library uses energy-saving appliances and natural light to create a comfortable space for research and reflection.

Smith describes how the collective impact of individuals pursuing their own interest contributes to the collective good.

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View from Above: Importance of Clean Energy Manufacturing to Cities and their Residents

November 10, 2015

By Jill Engel-Cox, Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC) program director

>Picture of Los Angeles from overhead during sunrise.

Twenty-five years ago, I started my career as a junior air quality engineer, climbing the smokestacks of industrial manufacturing plants in southern California.

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Manufacturing the Future: CEMAC's Official Launch

October 23, 2015

By Doug Arent, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis executive director

Doug Arent speaking at the American Manufacturing and Competitiveness Summit

In September, I was honored to speak at the American Manufacturing and Competitiveness Summit in Washington, D.C.

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Jill Engel-Cox Brings 25 Years of Clean Energy Experience to CEMAC

October 5, 2015—Jill Engel-Cox joins CEMAC today as its first program director. Engel-Cox brings a wide array of clean energy technology experience to the CEMAC team. As program director, Engel-Cox will lead and direct CEMAC's program plan and research, and manage CEMAC's overall analytical strategy, study methodologies, and results. Engel-Cox has been an engineer, researcher, program manager, and strategic planner for a diverse suite of renewable energy, clean technology, and environmental programs. Most recently, Engel-Cox was the director of international research and development planning at Battelle. She holds a doctoral degree in environmental science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University. Read Jill Engel-Cox's full bio.

Join CEMAC at the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit

CEMAC and its work will be highlighted in Washington, D.C. on September 15–16 at the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit. The Summit is dedicated to building momentum around American innovation, progress, and competitiveness in energy and manufacturing. The Summit will galvanize public and private sector leaders to take concrete actions to enhance U.S. productivity and prosperity. The event is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend. Just enter "aemcsummit" as the username and password.

CEMAC Featured in NREL's Continuum Magazine

CEMAC technical director Maggie Mann discusses why manufacturing analysis matters.

July 10, 2015—CEMAC is featured in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) newest issue of Continuum. "[CEMAC is] examining clean energy industry trends; cost, price, and performance trends; market and policy drivers; and the future outlook for these technologies," says CEMAC technical director Maggie Mann. "My hope is that we can continue to add manufacturing analysis to our way of thinking. This would allow us to provide insights to help DOE program offices and our other clients allocate their [research and development] funds in such a way as to increase the likelihood that clean energy technologies developed in the United States will be manufactured in the United States." Read more.

United States Can Competitively Manufacture Automotive Lithium-ion Batteries

June 23, 2015—The Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC) today announced the release of its first research product, Automotive Lithium-ion Battery Supply Chain and U.S. Competitiveness Considerations, an analysis showing how, with increasing demand for electric and hybrid electric vehicles and U.S. vehicle manufacturers' proximity to customers, there is opportunity for the United States to compete globally in the automotive lithium-ion battery (LIB) market. The analysis takes a critical look at the LIB supply chain and U.S. competitiveness in relation to the global market for LIBs. With lower costs in areas such as materials, it finds potential for the United States to succeed in the $8.95 billion global LIB market, which is expected to reach $14.3 billion by 2020. Learn More.

Manufacturing a Career that Matters

June 22, 2015

By Maggie Mann, CEMAC Technical Director

Photo of Suzanne Tegen of the Market and Policy Impact Analysis group at NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center and Nate Blair, Manager of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling group, looking at a computer screen showing a renewable energy risk performance model.

It's the people at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) who have made a tremendous difference in developing amazing technologies that can really change the world.

I have worked as an analyst and manager at NREL for more than 20 years, and I've recently taken on a new role as the technical director of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC).

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