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DOE funds cybersecurity institute for energy efficient manufacturing

By Industry Week staff

Mar 28, 2019

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on March 26 that it will fund up to $70 million for a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute to develop technologies that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, energy efficiency, and innovation.

This Institute will focus on early-stage research for advancing cybersecurity in energy efficient manufacturing.

Ensuring the security of the nation’s energy grid is especially important due to cybersecurity threats. These threats could negatively impact the manufacturing and deployment of energy technologies such as electric vehicles, solar panels and wind turbines, the DOE points out.

“Improved cybersecurity can reduce risks as well as catalyze adoption of more energy efficient technologies in the manufacturing industry,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, in a statement from DOE. “This Institute will conduct early-stage research to help U.S. manufacturers remain resilient and globally competitive against cyberattacks.”

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