US manufacturing generated up to 13% power onsite

In 2016, the entire sector produced 110 million MWh of electricity, driven in part by tax incentives and state initiatives

US announces $3m for improving energy materials

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $3 million (£2.2m) of funding to support research into the materials used in a range of severe or complex environments. The funding will bring industry together with national science laboratories to research and develop ways to improve the metals and plastics used in power plants, batteries and […]

E.ON enters Internet of Things partnership

E.ON has entered a partnership with a software startup in the US to create an Internet of Things (IoT) platform to increase manufacturing efficiency. The system developed by Sight Machine uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced analytics to help address critical challenges in quality and productivity. The firms say it will mean customers from […]

US offers $3m to boost solar manufacturing

The US Department of Energy has announced a $3 million (£2m) competition to boost innovation in solar manufacturing. It is seeking entrepreneurs to develop new processes and products “that will reassert American leadership in the solar marketplace”. The programme will help catalyse early and ongoing connections with both corporate and venture capital to bring crucial […]

Tech firm pumps money into efficient compressor factory

A high-tech engineering company is to build a new manufacturing facility in the UK for its efficient industrial compressors. Lontra will open the first part of its factory in Warwickshire later this year – it plans to spend a total of around £65 million on the new site. The expansion is also expected to create […]

UK confirms £18.4m to optimise manufacturing

The UK has confirmed how £18.4 million of funding will be spent on making manufacturing processes more efficient and sustainable. The money, provided through Innovate UK, will help 130 organisations representing 63 projects improve their processes and save energy. These projects are primarily led by small and medium-sized enterprises and include a prototype coating system […]

Hackers ‘probably compromised’ UK energy industry

The UK’s energy industry is likely to have been targeted and “probably compromised” by state hackers. A leaked memo from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – part of intelligence gathering service GCHQ – specifically discussed threat to the energy and manufacturing sectors, according to technology site Motherboard, which obtained the document. It cites connections […]

US funds supercomputer-manufacturer collaboration to drive efficiency

The US is funding $3.9 million (£3m) to use supercomputers to improve manufacturing efficiency. A total of 13 projects have received financing from the US Department of Energy (DoE), as part of the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) programme. The initiative aims to bring together the computing resources and expertise of national laboratories across the US with manufacturers to enhance product quality, speed […]

UK businesses ‘overpaying by £500m on energy bills’

One in five business energy bills contain mistakes, from incorrect rates to meter reading errors. That could be costing firms around £500 million on their energy bills due to errors and inaccuracies across the supply chain, according to new research. Inenco analysed thousands of business energy invoices to find the most common errors and forecast […]

P&G pledges to eliminate all factory waste by 2020

P&G has pledged to eliminate all manufacturing waste from its production sites by 2020. More than half of the company’s factories have already achieved the zero waste milestone and the firm now intends to commit additional investment for the remaning sites before the end of the decade. This means eliminating or finding a use for around […]