U.S. Department of Energy: Promoting Advanced Manufacturing & Supercomputing

Earlier this month, DOE convened an InnovationXLab Summit focused on Advanced Manufacturing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The event showcased the broad array of technical resources available from DOE’s 17 national laboratories that can be leveraged by industry, investors, universities, and government partners to address challenges in energy innovation. 

Secretary Perry provided opening remarks, toured the innovative Xlab exhibits, gave a live television interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box, broke ground on the new $95 million translational research facility, visited the Aquatics Ecology Lab, and even drove a 3D-printed Shelby Cobra in addition to announcing a funding opportunity of $89 million to support the research and development of innovative manufacturing technologies.

Further, the Secretary also made a major supercomputing announcement. DOE will partner with Cray Inc. to build the Frontier supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Frontier is expected to be world’s most powerful computer for science and innovation when it debuts in 2021. This exascale system will enable researchers to deliver breakthroughs in scientific discovery, energy assurance, economic competitiveness, and national security. 

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>> Save the date: ARPA-E’s Energy Innovation Summit will be July 8-10 in Denver, Colorado