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Southeast Regional Energy Innovation Workshop in Chattanooga.The purpose of this forum was to advance clean energy technology innovation in the region. About 150 representatives from universities, industry and federal agencies, along with elected officials, attended the event, which provided an opportunity to explore ways to drive rapid innovation of technologies for use in the marketplace.

A summary of the event was prepared by students from the Bredesen Center, representatives from ORNL and UT, and is available for download here.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the event provided an opportunity to explore ways universities, industry, the Department of Energy’s national labs, and other federal agencies can drive rapid innovation of technologies for use in the marketplace.

Guests included U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, DOE Undersecretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and leaders from academia and the private sector.

“Our region has a clear advantage on clean energy technology innovation given our focus on materials science for energy storage, advanced manufacturing, solar and nuclear,” said UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “Our close partnerships with ORNL and with many industries here in the Southeast allow us to help advance the clean energy technology ecosystem.”
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Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation announced by the White House in 2015, the MIT partnership, named Advanced Functional Fibers of America, won a national competition for federal funding to create a Manufacturing Innovation Institute designed to accelerate innovation in high-tech U.S.-based manufacturing.

This latest Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the eighth established to date and the fourth involving UT, is focused on highly functional advanced fibers and textiles for the defense and commercial markets.
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