DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO; formerly called the Industrial Technologies Program, or ITP) represents one of the only remaining federal programs focused on meeting the technology and energy needs of the manufacturing sector in the United States. The program has achieved an impressive track record, offering some of the most effective federal energy efficiency programs available and recognized by the National Academies as one of the most effective federally funded technology application programs.
AMO funds both R&D and deployment activities. The Office’s R&D focus is on next generation materials and manufacturing process improvements. AMO also has several successful programs promoting technology deployment. The Better Plants Program and Challenge strives to help industry reduce its energy intensity by 25% through a national recognition program and by offering technical assistance. The Industrial Assessment Center program trains the next generation of energy-savvy engineers while performing free energy audits for small and mid-sized manufacturers who often don't have the resources to closely manage their energy use. Superior Energy Performance promotes the use of the ISO 50001 energy management standard and helps industry set energy performance goals. AMO’s also has a number of software tools and trainings available online.
AMO also supports distributed generation activities, including combined heat and power (CHP)and waste heat recovery, through the Regional Clean Energy Application Centers.